How PhysioFunction helped Vinnie
Vinnie was involved in a car accident aged nine, causing a traumatic brain injury. The consultant who was dealing with Vinnie said he would most likely be restricted to sitting in a chair for the rest of his life.
However, over 18 months Vinnie recovered well and regained some independence. Vinnie enjoyed keeping fit by going to the gym frequently with his uncle Andy.
Nearly 20 years after his first injury, Vinnie fractured the tibia and fibula of his right leg. At this point Vinnie noticed he was starting to lose his hearing and his balance was beginning to worsen.
After going to a rehabilitation hospital to improve his balance he was diagnosed with hydroencephalitis. A year later Vinnie became very ill, spending most of the year in hospital where he contracted secondary infections. This left Vinnie completely deaf and still struggling to maintain his balance.
How PhysioFunction Helped Vinnie....
When Vinnie came to PhysioFunction in 2016 one of his goals was to be able to walk. A combination of Vinnie’s determination and PhysioFunction’s dedication has enabled Vinnie to walk unassisted with a roller frame.
“Vinnie and PhysioFunction are persistently trying to achieve the goals to get the result”- Don - Vinnie's Dad
Because Vinnie struggles to keep his balance, and is a risk taker, he is liable to fall. Since coming to PhysioFunction he has learnt how to safely and independently get down to the floor and get back up which has made a massive impact on his home life. Vinnie is very motivated and, as his Dad, Don says “Vinnie will never give up, he likes a challenge”.
PhysioFunction’s neurological physiotherapists have learnt that Vinnie won’t settle for exercises that are too easy for him, so they tailor make Vinnie's sessions to push him to reach his maximum potential, as the video shows, Vinnie won’t stop until he hits the top!
Vinnie comes to PhysioFunction twice a week now to see neurological physiotherapists Matt White and Taher Dhuliawala whose sessions focus on balance, strength, co-ordination and continuing to improve his walking so he can walk with a more natural gait. His family are very supportive with his Dad, Don, and uncle, Andy being very active in Vinnie’s sessions in motivating him and helping him achieve his full potential.
PhysioFunction recently held a climbing day for clients and physiotherapists. Vinnie attended with his Dad and uncle Andy and they all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.