Pranjal was paralyzed from the chest down after sustaining a spinal cord injury in a motor vehicle accident at the age of 17. He sought out CORE’s specialized activity based exercise program while he was still participating in an outpatient rehabilitation day program at Shepherd’s Center in Atlanta, GA. Pranjal and his family were faced with the daunting reality that his insurance would only cover his outpatient rehabilitation to a certain point. CORE gave Pranjal the opportunity to continue to fight for his recovery.
Pranjal has been at CORE since November 2012 and has made remarkable progress. He has improved his core strength, balance and stability. Through the use of CORE’s Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) equipment his muscle density throughout his entire body has increased, as well as his cardiovascular endurance. Pranjal is one of a few cervical level clients who has successfully trained in the ReWalk Exoskeleton. He can use the ReWalk to stand independently and is beginning to take steps on his own. Pranjal’s hard work and dedication has allowed him to start driving and begin college at Valencia Community College. He was also recently featured on ABC’s 20/20 program creating awareness about the dangers of teens and careless driving.
“So much about my body has changed since I began at CORE. The biggest improvement I’ve seen is with my balance. Before CORE, I could not sit at the end of a bed or table without assistance. Now, I can balance independently and have been able to lower the back on my manual wheelchair, which gives me more freedom and mobility. On the RT600 I could only bear 22% of my body weight, and now I’m at 46%. Due to low blood pressure issues, I could only be upright for an average of 12 minutes and now, I have increased that to 45 minutes to one hour. My overall strength has vastly increased. I remember not even being able to do a wheelchair dip to do a pressure relief. Also, my flexibility has improved, which has decreased my pain.
In the ReWalk, I was unable to stand on my own the first session, but after a dozen or so sessions I am taking approximately 15 steps with trainer assistance. My goal in the next five sessions of the ReWalk is to take steps completely unassisted.
I am so grateful to CORE for everything they have done to help me reach my recovery goals.” – Pranjal
The CORE Team is insanely proud of how far Pranjal has come and we are excited to be a part of his future as he continues to achieve more of his goals.
To learn more about CORE and activity based recovery programs for those with spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders, visit www.coreflorida.com or call 321-418-3050.