Damage in the nervous system causes paralysis. But, not all damage is created equal. Project Walk builds programs based on the movement disorder -- taking into consideration the injury, status of current health, and incorporating the latest education and research.
Learn more about the types of spinal cord injuries that can affect paralysis.
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord resulting in a change in normal motor, sensory, or autonomic function.
Amyotophic Lateral Sclerosis
ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”, is a non-traumatic, progressive, neurodegenerative motor neuron disease.
Children with SCI
Children are growing and developing so their nervous system is still in the process of organizing.
As a child with a spinal cord injury grows, the body will grow into and adapt to the wheelchair.
A stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is damage to the brain tissue due to a disruption in the blood supply to the brain. This "brain attack" can happen to anyone at anytime.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS). The immune system works against the (CNS) by attacking the myelin, the substance that protects and insulates the nerve fibers. Damaged myelin forms scar tissue limiting nerve impulses traveling to and from the spinal cord and brain.
Traumatic Brain Injury
A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. TBIs can range from slight to severe and have both temporary and lifelong effects.
Initial signs of cerebral palsy are typically identified in infancy or early childhood but are permanent with no current cure.
The three main types of cerebral palsy are:
Spastic cerebral palsy
Dyskinetic cerebral palsy
Ataxic cerebral palsy