Phantom Pain Is No Phantom - August 2006

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Phantom Pain Is No Phantom
By Jeff Fredrick, MS, CPO


Phantom pain-what does it imply? To the uninitiated patient or family member, it connotes a condition in which the pain experienced is not real. It reveals something psychologically sinister and threatening-a kind of medical delusion.

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Sports

First Extremity Games Was First Class Success


More than 500 athletes, sponsors, spectators, and volunteers from the US, Canada, and Europe converged on Orlando, Florida's Watersports Complex, Saturday, July 29, for the premiere O&P Extremity Games by College Park. Organized to raise awareness...

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Materials Science: Producing Lighter, More Cosmetically Appealing O&P Devices
By Sherry Metzger, MS


The history of orthotics and prosthetics has been marked by spurts of technology and advances in materials. Prosthetists, sensitive to their patients' needs, are driving technological improvements in materials manufacturing to better suit those ne...

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Here’s to You, Monsignor Tardieu: Guinea Pig, House Cat, and Equinus Contracture
By Phil Stevens MEd, CPO


An overview of muscle contracture research

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Today's Consumer

Manual Salazar: Amputee Faces New Life with Optimism, Motivation
By Sherry Metzger, MS


To see the glowing complexion, sensitive, puppy-eyes, and electric smile of 24-year-old Manual Salazar is to forget the horror he has experienced at such a young age. Three years ago, Salazar arrived at a rock quarry in South Carolina for what he...

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Sports

Amputee Athletes Go for the Extreme
By Miki Fairley


Extreme sports enthusiast and BK amputee, Tim Sutherland, flies through the air as he starts the bike track. Photos courtesy of CPI. "I think the O&P Extremity Games aregroundbreaking.

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Military Conflicts Drive Technological Innovation
By Tina Eichner


According to a recent study by global consulting firm Frost& Sullivan, headquartered in Palo Alto, California, recentmilitary conflicts resulting in a rise in the number of amputeeshave boosted the need for restoration of normal ambulatoryfunction...

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Progress on Parity

APPLL Update: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island Move Toward Parity
By Morgan Sheets


The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) continuesto organize in states that are interested in introducing bills inthe 2007 session. We have meetings coming up in Oregon, Florida,and Tennessee. At our national conference in Minnesota we also metwith...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


The future of your practice depends onknowledgeable billing and collection information. Understanding thefull aspect of billing guidelines and procedures will effectivelyincrease your reimbursement. This  informative column will helpproviders and...

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Perspective

The Commencement of Adventure
By Chelan M. Pedrow


I was only 19, but the heart-wrenching sights, rank smells, and lack of hope within the southern Chinese orphanage I was about to leave had aged me-I felt 50 and did not know how to get back the carefree outlook that had been my only travel compan...

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Viewpoint

From the Editor: What’s New?
By Tina Eichner


What lies behind us and what liesbefore us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. -RalphWaldo Emerson It is human nature, and a matter of survival, to constantly beassessing what is behind us in an effort to prepare for what isahead. T...

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