High Fives Non-Profit Foundation has partnered with SpineNevada in Reno and Sparks, Nevada to create a one of a kind spine center. The spine center includes a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, two fellowship-trained physical medicine physicians, spine specialized therapists, an exercise gym, and an internal diagnostic center.
Neurosurgeon Dr. James Lynch, founder of SpineNevada and the Medical Director of the High Fives Foundation Advisory Board, says, “Our goal is to create a spine center that is comprehensive, integrated and user friendly in one practice. We believe this results in better quality and enhanced service for our patients”.
The High Fives Foundation has been taking a group of incomplete SCI (spinal cord injury) athletes to physical therapy sessions at the SpineNevada Sparks office. Therapy involves pelvis work, flexibility training, core strengthening, balance exercises, and gait training on the Pneu-Weight Unweighting System treadmill. Athletes can be found working out with physical therapists everyday on their way to regaining strength and mobility to eventually recover from their life altering injuries. Roy Tuscany (High Fives President and Co-Founder) and Steve Wallace (High Fives first grant recipient) have been attending physical therapy sessions on a regular basis.
“Working out at SpineNevada is one of the most positive physical therapy sessions I have experienced in my five year recovery from a T-12 burst fracture that left me partially paralyzed from the waist down. Each week we continue to see progress and positive steps forward in the recovery of everyone that participates”, explains Tuscany.
Tuscany founded High Fives in January of 2010. The Tahoe-based company has grown rapidly and raises money as well as seeks out alternative treatments to help athletes on the road to recovery.