Roy Tuscany T12
Name: Roy Tuscany Injury: T12
Date of Injury: April 29, 2006 Asia Level Initial: B Recent: D
Roy has been a mover in the SCI world. After his injury in 2006 he rallied and not only made a truly fantastic recovery, but went on to give back to the community that urged him forward. Roy started High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, to raise awareness for injury prevention and provide resources and inspiration to those who suffer life altering injuries.
Under Roy's tutelage and expertise, High Fives has helped over 150 athletes from 30+ states in their recovery and achieving their dreams.
Initial Sensation and Movement:
Roy couldn't move below his lower abdomen. His Lower abdomen and back muscles didn't fire. Roy had little to no sensation immediately following his accident
Trunk and Core Progression:
Roy slowly began developing his obliques and lower back muscles in the first month of rehab. As time progressed he saw significant increase in his overall core strength as well.
Roy explains how important being active was in helping his core get strengthened. Some of the exercises he used for core strength include Bose Balls, sit to stands, as well as general trunk stabilization. As his core progressed these exercises became easier and his trunk stabilization began to transfer over to his walking.
Leg Impairment and progression:
Right from the beginning, Roy's left leg was stronger than his right. This disparity continued throughout his recovery. In the first couple of weeks his left leg began to move. His right leg remained impaired with little to no improvement initially. As time progressed Roy's left leg continued to strengthen and although his right leg began moving, it still lagged behind in strength. Roy still works to correct his foot drop.
Exercises: Roy attributes a lot of exercises to his success and the marked improvement in his legs, but he says that the most beneficial exercise while rehabbing was the spin bike. This allowed for intense strengthening without the worry of balance or falling.
Initially Roy had no bladder function or feeling, relying on catheters. As he strengthened, he found that as he began to stand more and more he was able to void successfully. Kneading your bladder was extremely helpful in initiating voiding.
Roy had no initial bowel function or feeling. As time went on, however he regained function. Despite this he still has problems with the frequency of his Bowel movements.
Initial sensation was very limited. As he progressed he regained some sensation. He currently has no sensation below his knees. He experiences nerve pain in his feet and has tried marijuana to ease this pain.
Roy experienced spasms in his feet. He tried Acupuncture, stretching and CBD oil to help alleviate these spasms. They were not too intense, and generally could be mitigated if he repositioned his feet.
Medications: Roy has used medicinal marijuana throughout his recovery to help with various pains.
Suggestions: Roy recommends that you be as active as possible. The more you can move the better.