Barbara Kirk was enjoying a very active lifestyle – she never thought her body would give out do to a spinal cord injury. She had three back surgeries, leaving parts of her spine fused. She was fit with her AFOs, and with the support of her therapist, physician and orthotist and her determination and hard work, she began to achieve her goals.
Barbara Kirk was enjoying a very active lifestyle, traveling frequently, and working on ranch twice a year. One summer while on a trip to Hawaii with her friends, she was doing a night dive to view Manta rays. She was the first back to the boat, and when she got out, she couldn’t find her balance. Her legs were not going where she wanted them to go. At 65, she never thought her body would give out do to a spinal cord injury. Upon her return, she learned of her spinal cord injury. Under the care of her neurosurgeon, she had three back surgeries over a period of four months leaving parts of her spine fused. She began therapy in acute rehab to regain her strength and function, but continued to have difficulty with her balance and walking. At this point, she was still falling twice a month and unable to return to the activities that she loved. As a result, she pursued physical therapy once she was home to improve her walking and balance. She was fit with her AFOs, and it changed her outlook for her future. Although learning to find her balance and improve her walking was a challenge, she put no limitations on herself. With the support of her therapist, physician and orthotist and her determination and hard work, she began to achieve her goals. Wearing her braces and working with her physical therapist twice a week, she was able to regain her confidence in walking and grossly reduce her falling. She was able to take her first trip to California only 4 months after surgery. Her AFOs gave her the confidence to once again travel and do the things she loves. She has even returned to spending time on the ranch with the horses, in the garden, and going for walks.
“I am fortunate enough to have the best physical therapist a person could wish for and working with Baker to get me up and going.” – Barbara Kirk”