South Bend orthopedist Richard W. Waggoner Jr. is best known as the creator of Reno Orthopedic Clinic, but he’s also the founder of the Northtown Orthopedics Institute, which specializes in restoring torn ligaments.
Woggoner said he hopes to open Reno in the spring, but the orthopedically trained orthopedian is working on his first full-time surgery.
The first patients he’ll see will be his patients who were paralyzed after being hit by a car in the 1990s, Waggerson said.
“It’s been a long road.
I’ve been dealing with a lot of different injuries, and I’ve had to deal with different people,” he said.
“I’ve had some of the most important people in my life, like my wife, step up and say, ‘We’re ready to come back to the office.
Waggoner said Reno is part of a movement in which the government, as a group, is not doing enough to improve rehabilitation for people with spinal injuries.
“I think it’s a national crisis,” he told The Associated Press.
“The federal government has a big responsibility to address this problem.”
The United States is the only industrialized nation without a federal spinal injury program.
The American Academy of Neurology says spinal injuries are the second-leading cause of death for adults in the United States.
“The federal program, at least as of 2015, has only been in effect for about a year, and it’s still not being done,” Waggone said.
He hopes to change that with his surgical clinic, which is now in its fifth year.
Waddington has worked for more than 20 years in the field.
Wiggoner said a lot has changed since he started in 1984, and the new training methods have helped him make his mark.
“You can see it in the difference in the way the surgeon is now, the way he does things, and how much better he’s feeling and the more he feels confident and comfortable,” Wiggower said.
The orthopedical specialist has a degree in neurology and is currently working as a clinical assistant professor at Indiana University Medical Center.
He said his primary specialty is rehabilitation.
Wagner said his patients often ask him how long it takes to get back to their normal lives after a spinal injury.
“That’s something that’s a huge challenge for us,” he explained.
“We’ve been working with people who’ve been paralyzed for years.
They’re getting back to a normal life, and they’re not even sure if they can do it.”
Waggone has had patients for decades, but his most recent patients are people who have suffered spinal injuries in the past, Waddon said.
He sees patients in their 40s and 50s, with injuries ranging from minor to severe.
Some of the patients have had spinal injuries for decades.
Wogganer said most patients who come to his office are at least 40.
“It seems to be a growing phenomenon.
It’s not new, but it’s definitely growing,” he added.
Waddington said he sees patients who’ve had severe injuries or injuries where the spine is broken, including a broken femur.
The problem with a broken bone is that it has to be repaired surgically, which can be difficult, Woggower said, because the bones are so delicate.
He also has patients who have been severely injured and have been in the intensive care unit, but Waggower said the physical problems caused by the injury can be eased with rehab.
Some of the problems he’s seeing are more severe than most people imagine, he said, including the loss of spinal function, numbness in one side of the body, loss of muscle control and numbness that can be permanent.
Wggoner said it’s important for the patients to be able to see a surgeon.
When he first started working at Reno, Wiggone said he had only a few patients who would be able see him.
Now, he sees between 50 and 60 patients a week, Wagone said, and Waggoni said it was an impressive increase.
If a patient is ready to get in touch with him, Wogann said, he will contact them by phone or email.
Wagnon said the most difficult part of getting in touch is that many people are fearful of getting the phone number of the orthodist who performs the surgery, and that could cause some patients to avoid the doctor.
“People get hurt.
They get hurt bad,” Wagnone said of patients.
“And I get the same type of feelings.
They just want me to tell them they’re doing the right thing, and if they don’t, they’re going to have to get hurt again.”
A person with a spinal cord injury can suffer from many of the symptoms