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A Lansing program is helping a Dewitt man recover after a head injury

Posted at 5:33 AM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 11:09:30-04

After getting in a horrible accident, Erik Schulze didn't know if he would even make it out of the hospital.

He's now able to walk around his house and even drive thanks to some new approaches to helping those with neurological disorders.

What started out as a fun day on the slopes back in 2014, quickly turned tragic for Schulze. He was taken to the hospital with 17 broken bones, a shattered clavicle, a fractured spine, and punctured lungs.

Schulze went to several other physical therapists before finding The Recovery Project in 2018.

For most people, it would be too late to make significant progress this long after an accident.

The Recovery Project focuses mainly on patients with neurological disorders.

Through some innovative techniques like functional electrical stimulation, Schulze has been able to regain his independence.

His next challenge will be finding a job, but Schulze says he eventually expects to be walking again and to someday only need a cane and not his brace.

Schulze's insurance only covers so many hours of physical therapy, so in the past, he received a grant to continue his treatment. He plans to do that again, so that he doesn't lose any progress.

The Recovery Project is based in Michigan, with locations in Lansing, Livonia, and Clinton Township.

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