Patient Story

Meet Charles and Discover Music Therapy


Prior to experiencing issues related to his cervical stenosis, Charles C., who is blind, worked full time, enjoyed spending time with his fiancé and played in a band. When he first came to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, he was unsure whether he’d be able to return to his beloved pastime of drumming due to impaired sensation and strength in his arms and hands. However, following several weeks of inpatient therapy, Charles’ occupational and music therapists joined forces--and he didn’t skip a beat. Learn more about how we use music therapy to promote healing.

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