Raymond Sandfoss, 54, of Alexandria, Kentucky never dreamed of going from perfectly independent to perfectly immobile. Yet, that’s exactly what happened when he fell on
January 24, 2015, compressing his spinal cord in just an instant.
Scared, nervous, and unable to stand or walk, Raymond was
rushed by ambulance to the local hospital, where he was
recommended for emergency back surgery the following
day. Afterward, he was sent to the ICU unit for several days
before being moved to neurology. He was placed in a special
brace to wear while out of bed and performed minimal
physical therapy 20 to 30 minutes a day.
For two weeks, Raymond slowly recovered, but, longed
to walk on his own again. It was at this turning point that
Raymond chose to move to HealthSouth Northern Kentucky
Rehabilitation Hospital in Edgewood, Kentucky, after
receiving the green light to move forward.
Raymond was greeted by a kind, enthusiastic rehabilitation
team when he arrived at his new HealthSouth home for the
next three weeks. Still unable to walk with weak leg muscles,
he was ready to work hard.
“The therapy was intensive, but, necessary,” Raymond says.
“Wearing the back brace was very restrictive, making therapy
more difficult. Therapists assisted me at first, and then
gradually backed off their level of assistance. Soon, therapy
got me up and walking on the parallel bars even though I
didn’t think I could do it.”
Raymond enjoyed using advanced technologies including the hand bike and foot bike, as
well as the sliding board.
“The sliding board gave me hope, as it made getting out of bed easier,” Raymond says.
Family and friends were also supportive during Raymond’s therapy, visiting and encouraging
him throughout the process.
“Their thoughts and prayers certainly helped, as well as seeing progress with the strides in
my walking,” Raymond adds.
After 21 days of dedication, Raymond went from zero to walking, leaving HealthSouth on his
own, without any help from his therapy team.
“My rehabilitation team offered very good teamwork, all moving toward a common goal,”
Raymond says. “And HealthSouth’s specialized rehabilitation services really made a