The Newcastle Knights spoke to Alex McKinnon for an update on his recovery, eight weeks after he suffered a spinal injury in Melbourne.
Alex has reasonable movement in his upper limbs but as yet still no fine motor control use of his hands. He still has no consistent controlled movement below his waist however he has had some weak signs of lower limb muscle contraction over the last week, which of course is a positive sign.
As a result, his physiotherapy now includes an exercise, which involves an assisted partial straightening of his legs (which Alex refers to as a ‘squat’ in his update) on a tilted table that removes the resistance of gravity.
Alex remains upbeat and focused on his rehabilitation but also realistic that his recovery is unknown for up to two years.
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