Targeted Muscle Reinnervation: The Future Is Now - December 2007

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Targeted Muscle Reinnervation: The Future Is Now
By Miki Fairley


Targeted muscle reinnervation surgery is visionary forthe future and practical for today. Kathy Stubblefield, OTR/L, watches patient Claudia Mitchell as she conducts functional testing with the six-motor neural-controlled prosthesis. Photograph co...

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Feature

'Living' Plastic: Are Self-Healing Plastics a Possibility for O&P?
By Miki Farley


When you get a cut in your skin, it marvelously starts to healitself-and it can do this repeatedly. Now imagine a plastic thatcan mimic this ability. Self-healing plastic is not a figment of the imagination.

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Outside In

Pioneering Surgery Spurs New Occupational Therapy Techniques
By Miki Fairley


The groundbreaking targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) surgical technique developed by Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD, at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), Illinois, requires pioneering occupational therapy treatment to enable these amputees to...

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Residency Report

A Time for Reflection
By Ronald A. Roiz


Sometimes, the best cure for a case of the jitters is finding out that you made a difference in someone's life-and allowing yourself to take credit for it. How do we measure life's successes? The answer to this fairly personal question may be root...

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Sports

Sports News


World Champ Does It Again Only Jump Breaks Back, Wins Event Kevin Green needed just one attempt to win his second consecutive jet-ski ramp jump title at the IJSBA World Finals. Kevin Green, a bilateral amputeefrom Lebanon, Tennessee, claimed...

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Industry Review

Sacrifice Center Set for Dedication


The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Sacrifice Center dedication inJacksonville, Florida, November 6, was designed and built to tellthe stories of sacrifice and triumph of this generation's woundedwarriors, according to WWP. "Now... a place exists to...

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Today's Consumer

Mind over Matter
By Sherry Metzger


Ashley Bucy uses the power of positive thought to beat the odds. In 2002, a single mother of two young daughters arrived at an emergency room seeking treatment for what she thought was strep throat. Her illness was shrugged off as the common cold,...

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Face to Face

Five Questions for Greg Davidson, CPO


Greg Davidson, CPO, has plenty to keep him activein the beautiful northwestern town of Puyallup, Washington, when heis not busy working at Preferred O&P Services in Federal Way.Along with his wife, Cathy, and ten-year-old son, Connor, Davidsonenjo...

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Perspective

Ignorance is Bliss
By Sgt. James (Jim) O. Young Jr., USAF (Ret.), LP, CP, FAAOP


It was another day at the office with me seeing patients in themorning, giving a speech at noon at the Department of Labor, seeingfolks in Albany, Georgia, in the afternoon, and finally gettingback home to Macon in the late evening. The Invitation...

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Progress on Parity

Portrait of an Activist: Laura Willingham
By Morgan Sheets


When she is not busy taking care of two young daughters or working as the ACA's new National Peer Network (NPN) consultant, Laura Willingham might be answering a call from one of the support group leaders or volunteers in Region L. Willingham is o...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Billing is complicated, and denials are difficult toidentify and time consuming to appeal. Don't let these issues slowdown your O&P shop. Turn to 'Got FAQs?' to help keep yourpractice on track.

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Viewpoint

Why We Do What We Do
By Karen Henry


Two weeks ago, I was contacted by a journalist in Vancouver, British Columbia, who was trying to help a 23-year-old Iraqi woman obtain a prosthesis in Baghdad. The woman, who has two young children, lost her arm six months ago in an accident, and...

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