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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: A Potential Regenerative Brain Therapy?

Paradigm − March 22, 2016 − filed under Acquired Brain Injury

A 17 year old boy, Curt Allen, Jr., was involved in a high speed car accident in 2004 where he was comatose at the scene and left with an acute traumatic brain injury (TBI). After being discharged from a brain injury rehabilitation center for making minimal progress, he was referred to a physician who had… Learn More

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5 Recommendations for Brain Injury Awareness Month

Paradigm − March 15, 2016 − filed under Acquired Brain Injury

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, 3.5 million Americans sustain a brain injury each year, and more than 12 million are impacted by this condition. Acquired brain injuries not only affect the injured person, but also their families and friends. The Brain Injury Association of America raises awareness for this complex condition by… Learn More

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Functional Restoration: Resolving Claims and Reducing Costs

Paradigm − March 8, 2016 − filed under Complex Case Management

The concept of functional restoration is not new, but there is a renewed interest due to more cases of injured workers with chronic pain achieving less than optimal recovery. Functional restoration is the process by which an individual acquires the skills, knowledge and behavior necessary to assume primary responsibility for his or her own well-being… Learn More

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5 Tips for Managing Complex Pain Cases

Paradigm − March 1, 2016 − filed under Complex Case Management

When it comes to complex pain cases, comprehensive care management is the key to helping injured workers achieve long-term success. Without a coordinated, outcome-oriented approach, providers and care managers are unlikely to stabilize the injured worker’s condition or the claim. So what does it take to stop the cycle of pain? In order to achieve… Learn More

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Researchers Hope to get Paralyzed Patients Walking Again

Paradigm − February 24, 2016 − filed under Spinal Cord Injury

For injured workers recovering from a spinal cord injury, the prospect of never walking again is a harsh reality to face. But what if paraplegics and quadriplegics could power an exoskeleton with their thoughts – without the need for complex and invasive brain surgery? An exoskeleton, similar to this one, will be used by patients… Learn More

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Paradigm Highlights: Advances in Prosthetics

Paradigm − February 16, 2016 − filed under Amputation

In 1982, Hugh Herr injured both of his legs following a mountain climbing accident, and both of them had to be amputated. They were replaced with bionic limbs. But Hugh isn’t your ordinary mountain climber. He’s also the director of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics research group, and his interest in prosthetics is both professional… Learn More

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Mitigating Medicare Set-Asides

Paradigm − February 2, 2016 − filed under Complex Case Management

There’s been a lot of talk in the news about Medicare Set-Asides (MSAs) lately – and much of it focuses on explaining what they are and what purpose they serve. Although Medicare set-asides can be useful, they can also interfere with settling the medical part of file. Here are some successful approaches to reducing Medicare… Learn More

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Multidisciplinary Care of Lower Limb Amputations

Paradigm − January 26, 2016 − filed under Amputation

In the United States, almost two million people have experienced limb loss, and every day more than 500 Americans lose an upper or lower extremity. Of those with limb loss, 45% can be attributed to trauma. Paradigm recently hosted a webinar, the conclusion of a two-part series, titled Multidisciplinary Care of Amputations: Lower Limb Focus… Learn More

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Healthcare and Workers’ Compensation Industry Trends

Paradigm − January 19, 2016 − filed under Complex Case Management

Today’s injured workers have more than just recovery to think about. Current industry trends in healthcare could have a serious impact on the treatment and outcomes of workers’ compensation cases. You need to consider how these three developments could affect claims management. Aging Population  It is estimated that by the year 2056, people 65-and-older will… Learn More

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Concussion: A Film Draws Much Needed Attention to Brain Injury

Deborah Benson, PhD − January 12, 2016 − filed under Acquired Brain Injury

Change can be slow. Change is often difficult. But change is inevitable. Concussion, the highly anticipated film starring Will Smith that opened on Christmas Day, tells the tale of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the neuropathologist who first identified chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in an American football player, Mike Webster, upon autopsy in 2002. Dr. Omalu later… Learn More