Isabella Syvertson Determined to Ride Again After Spinal Cord Injury

Spine Injury

In Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Isabella Syvertson, a 23-year-old Lake Park resident, is making remarkable strides in her recovery after a horseback riding accident last November left her with a serious spinal cord injury. Syvertson, who underwent surgery to address the L1 injury, has shown determination and progress, being able to walk with the aid of a cane and leg braces, occasionally still requiring a wheelchair on more taxing days.

Her recovery journey has included intensive rehabilitation at Craig Hospital in Colorado, renowned for its specialized spinal injury treatments. Following a thorough admission process, Syvertson was admitted to the program, which has included both inpatient and outpatient phases of treatment aimed to restore her mobility and facilitate her healing process.

Throughout the ordeal, Syvertson’s physical therapist has been instrumental in her education regarding recovery expectations. The support of her family and the community has been unwavering, providing Syvertson with the strength and encouragement to work towards her ultimate goal of getting back to horseback riding.

Despite her ordeal, Syvertson has maintained a close relationship with her horses, except for the one involved in her accident. Although her mobility is impaired, with numbness still persisting in her ankles, she is committed to continue pushing her limits. Syvertson has regularly engaged in physical therapy locally at Sanford in Detroit Lakes to further her rehabilitation endeavors.

Source: Detroit Lakes Tribune

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