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‘One step at a time’: Paralyzed Humboldt Bronco player happy with spinal surgery results

Source: Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press, February 2, 2020 

Ryan Straschnitzki’s efforts to improve his leg muscle mass, bone density and balance are paying off

A hockey player paralyzed in a bus crash has been working hard since undergoing spinal surgery in Thailand late last year and it’s getting him closer to his dream of making the national sledge hockey team.

Ryan Straschnitzki, who can’t move from the chest down, had an epidural stimulator implanted in his spine in November. The device sends electrical currents to his spinal cord to try to stimulate nerves and move limbs.

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