Baclofen Helps Stroke Survivor Walk in the Crescent City Classic 10K

Gilmore Wheeler, 63, suffered a stroke in 2013 that left him with a partially paralyzed left arm and leg.  He was having great difficulty walking so he saw Dr. Andrea Toomer, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Culicchia Neurological Clinic.

“We initiated treatment using a baclofen pump to ease the spasticity which was causing excess muscle tone and extreme tightness in Mr. Wheeler’s muscles,” Dr. Toomer said. “We just recently injected Botulinum toxin (dysport) to help loosen his arm and shoulder. He has complimented all of this with a rigorous course of physical therapy and occupational therapy at Culicchia Neurological Clinic. Mr. Wheeler has responded wonderfully to this treatment.  His walking has significantly improved and in the last few months he has been increasing his distance dramatically.”

He has set a goal for himself – to walk in the Crescent City Classic on March 31, 2018. Undeterred by his condition, Mr. Wheeler has been training and walking up to 5 – 6 miles.

He is determined to achieve his goal and is a true inspiration.  Please join us in cheering him on!