IRL: Brack medical update 2003-10-29

Brack's rehabilitation going well in Indy; Indianapolis therapists work with Brack's arms and legs. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack continues make good progress with his rehabilitation of injuries from the Oct. 12 Texas ...

Brack's rehabilitation going well in Indy; Indianapolis therapists work with Brack's arms and legs.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack continues make good progress with his rehabilitation of injuries from the Oct. 12 Texas Motor Speedway IRL IndyCar Series crash, said therapists at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Wednesday.

Dennis Conlon, PT, serves as Brack's physical therapist while Allyssa Wagner, OT, is Kenny's occupational therapist in the well-renowned rehab facility on the west side of Indianapolis.

Brack, the 1998 IRL champion and 1999 Indy 500 winner, puts in several hours of therapy each day including strengthening of his upper body and improving the range of motion for his ankles and legs. He also works on self-care activities in occupational therapy.

Brack, driver of the No. 15 Pioneer/Miller Lite Honda Dallara, suffered a variety of injuries including a fractured right femur, a fractured sternum, a fractured lumbar (L-3) vertebrae and fractures to both ankles. Brack had surgery on Oct. 12 (femur and ankles) and Oct. 13 (vertebrae) at Dallas' Parkland Hospital.

"I'm working pretty hard in therapy right now," said Brack, the Sweden native now living in Upper Arlington, Ohio. "I was on my back for quite sometime so I'm getting back to doing normal activities and working on my strength back. I know it will take some time."

"Kenny was in good physical shape prior to the crash," said Conlon. "He is working hard to get back to that kind of shape. But he knows it will take some time."

After the Oct. 12 crash, Brack spent eight days at Parkland Hospital, two days in Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis before being transferred to RHI last Thursday (Oct. 23).

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