The Mayo Clinic defines transverse myelitis is an inflammation of both sides of one section of the spinal cord. This neurological disorder often damages the insulating material covering nerve cell fibers (myelin).
Transverse myelitis interrupts the messages that the spinal cord nerves send throughout the body. This can cause pain, muscle weakness, paralysis, sensory problems, or bladder and bowel dysfunction.
There are many different causes of transverse myelitis, including infections and immune system disorders that attack the body's tissues. It could also be caused by other myelin disorders, such as multiple sclerosis. Other conditions, such as a stroke of the spinal cord, are often confused with transverse myelitis, and these conditions require different treatment approaches.
Treatment for transverse myelitis includes medications and rehabilitative therapy. Most people with transverse myelitis recover at least partially. Those with severe attacks sometimes are left with major disabilities.
About Mr. Ferrari
Dan Ferrari was a former police officer that worked for the people. He put his family first and encouraged his family to honor their faith and cherish each other and those around them.
Mr. Ferrari was diagnosed with transverse myelitis. and became quadriplegic at the age of 67 in 2016. He has since received rehabilitation services at Next Steps of Chicago.
Next Steps of Chicago provides physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and personal trainers working together to provide activity-based, functional, and specific locomotor training for individuals diagnosed with neurological disorders.
At Next Steps of Chicago, clients and therapists work together to improve health and achieve functional goals.
Next Steps of Chicago was the first nonprofit, free-standing physical therapy and exercise facility devoted to rehabilitation and overall wellness of people living with devastating and challenging disorders and injuries, including SCI, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and many other neurological conditions.
Next Steps of Chicago helps patients regain a higher quality of life by aiding them toward an independent, healthy, functional lifestyle. The organization also integrates and conducts scientific research in hopes of finding a cure for paralysis.
Giving back to the community is important to Dan’s son, Adam Ferrari, the founder of The Ferrari Foundation. Next Steps of Chicago is an organization near to his heart because they have been caring for his father since his diagnosis.