A woman who was horribly injured during a competition like a jump jockey has revealed how she uses Botox as a treatment for her legs.
Leigh Woodgate, 50, led a race in the Victoria countryside in 1994 when her horse got tired and he nodded after a jump – first flying her flying head into the ground.
She had two broken shoulders, pierced lungs, a broken jaw and five broken ribs.
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Leigh Woodgate, 50, has been involved in horse racing in the Victoria countryside from an early age – but the sport she loved almost ended her life in 1994
The inspiring speaker was almost in the lead and almost at the finish during the race of July 1. Her horse, Winter Coal, got tired and made a fall when landing after a jump
Her teeth were packed, her left hip was broken, and her third optic nerve in her left eye died.
The accident put her in a coma for 17 days and suffered serious brain damage.
& # 39; I had to learn to breathe without pain and swallowing – those were the most important things, & # 39; she said.
WHAT IS FOCAL SPASTICITY?
Spasticity is when lesions on the brain and spinal cord affect the limbs.
This can cause stiffness or spasms.
Focal spasticity affects a smaller part of the body around one joint, including a hand or an extremity such as a limb.
This can happen after a stroke, spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury.
& # 39; I had to do it to survive – it was not a choice. I just had to do it. & # 39;
However, her injuries were much more serious than first thought – ten years later she discovered that her judge had only been broken in five places and doctors had not realized the way she had been in a wheelchair before.
Her ankle had melted and she has undergone five eye operations over the years.
When she got out of the chair, many physiotherapists indicated that her legs would not go any further – until she went to another doctor and started using Botox as a treatment for her spasticity.
Despite the negative prospects of physiotherapists, the former jump jockey should not be deterred and Dr. Jacqueline Reznik, who was working in Israel at the time, approached for treatment.
That was when Mrs. Woodgate was introduced to use Botox injections in her legs to help with spasticity.
Since she gets injections from Dr. Barry Rawicki, a specialized physiotherapist.
After Mrs. Woodgate no longer needed a wheelchair, many physical therapists indicated that her legs would not go further. But the former jump jockey should not be put off and approached Dr. Jacqueline Reznik, who was working in Israel at the time, for treatment
Mrs. Woodgate said that there is a huge difference in her legs when she has the Botox in her system compared to when it is not.
She combines the Botox with regular physiotherapy appointments to build up the strength in her legs.
& # 39; Without the Botox my legs will spasm more. I drive a lot better when the Botox is in my system, because I can activate all the right muscles &, "she told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; My knees don't rub while driving, so I use fewer patches and Benadine. I stumble much less. I can walk much faster. Everything is a lot easier. It's great. & # 39;
Mrs. Woodgate told those looking for Botox that it is important to get the right neurosurgeon and neurophysiotherapist.
Mrs. Woodgate was the first to fall into the ground – put her in a coma for 17 days and left her with a serious brain injury
WHAT ARE OTHER USES FOR BOTOX?
• Moderate to severe spasticity of the upper limb
• Eye vibrations
- Excessive sweating
- Chronic migrations
• Limited movement of the ankle due to cerebral palsy
• Involuntary contraction of the neck muscles
• Bladder dysfunction
& # 39; Go for it – be prepared to put the work in. You have to do the work to get the full effect of the Botox, & # 39; she said.
From 1 September, Australian survivors of health problems such as stroke, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury who suffer involuntary muscle movements have access to Botox through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
Mrs. Woodgate said it's great that more people have access to the medication.
Mrs. Woodgate has come a long way to achieving her health now.
She said she didn't remember much about the accident.
& # 39; I remember going to the float with the foreman and I remember that I could weigh heavier and I was worried about the horse, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Then I remember waking up (in the hospital) and not knowing what had happened to me. & # 39;
The inspiring speaker was almost in the lead and almost at the finish during the race of July 1.
Her horse, Winter Coal, got tired and made a fall when landing after a jump.
Her mother, Val, had to make sure she put pictures of family and important milestones around the hospital room so that Mrs. Woodgate would remember her life.
Mrs. Woodgate was left with two broken shoulders, both lungs pierced, her jaw was broken in four places, and five ribs were broken. Her teeth were packed, her left hip was broken, and her third optic nerve in her left eye died
Professor John Olver, one of Australia & # 39; s renowned rehabilitation professors and director of rehabilitation, mental health and chronic pain clinical institute in Epworth, said the government reimbursement will help thousands of people.
& # 39; There are thousands of Australians living with the consequences of a stroke, brain or spinal cord injury, many of whom have to do with spasticity, & # 39; he said.
In Being able to perform basic daily tasks, such as wearing shoes and socks correctly, going to the bathroom without assistance or walking without pain, can mean a huge improvement in their quality of life.
# Providing wider access to further treatment options is a crucial commitment that we must enter into for this community that lives with the destruction of neurological injury on a daily basis. We must also take into account the impact on their families and carers. & # 39;
He said it is extremely important for people with focal spasticity of the lower limbs to see the help of a doctor when choosing treatments.
That was when Mrs. Woodgate was introduced to use botox injections in her legs to help with spasticity
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