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Amputee Gold Medalist Urges Encourages Others to Keep Climbing Higher

Christa Brelsford takes the loss of her right leg in stride. The 34-year old Oak Ridge scientist’s leg was crushed during a massive Haiti earthquake in 2010. She was in Haiti working on a literacy project with her brother.  She has a practical attitude towards the injury and subsequent amputation.  “I was very lucky,” explains […]

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Premier Prosthetic Center Team Helps Bahamas Amputee Walk Again

A Bahamas grandfather is back on his feet for the first time in years, thanks to the efforts of a Knoxville business man and the team at the Premier Surgical Prosthetic Center. “God is good! It’s amazing how God brings people together,” says 54-year old Darren Pinder of Eleuthra, Bahamas. “I can’t believe how a […]

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Working with Amputee Associates

About 185,000 amputations are performed in the United States every year. Nearly 2 million Americans are living with limb loss, most of which are due to vascular disease (about 54 percent). Premier Surgical’s Prosthetic Center in Knoxville is serving the needs of this growing amputee population by working closely with Amputee Associates, a group aiming […]

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Preparing for Your Prosthesis

Losing a limb can be a life-changing event. At Premier Prosthetic Center in Knoxville, before an amputation surgery, the surgeon and prosthetist meet with the patient to discuss what happens after surgery and the plans and goals after that. Exercise Before and After Amputation Certain exercises are taught before and after amputation. They help in […]

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Exercise After Amputation

There are several reasons amputation may be done. One of the most common reasons is due to poor circulation as a result of peripheral arterial disease. Other indications for amputation include: severe injury from accidents, a serious infection that doesn’t heal with antibiotics, frostbite, cancerous tumors, or neuroma (thickening of nerve tissue). Prior to surgery, […]

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Water Activities with Prostheses

Swimming as an Amputee Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise. Not only is it a good cardiovascular activity that works out major muscle groups of both the upper and lower extremities, but it is also beneficial for your overall health. Aside from strengthening the cardiovascular system, regular swimming sessions can also help […]

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Positive Outlooks Keeps Prosthetic Patient Standing Tall

With her cheerful smile and positive personality, few who meet Katherine Sutton (who goes by “Missy”) would guess that in the past several years she’s suffered from painful, debilitating diseases that eventually claimed both her legs. Despite her difficulties, Missy has a surprisingly optimistic outlook. “I don’t take anything for granted,” smiles the Maryville woman. […]

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Preparing For a Successful Prosthesis

One of the things that’s unique about Premier Surgical Prosthetic Center in Knoxville, is the ability to provide comprehensive care that begins even BEFORE a limb is amputated. When a Premier Surgical patient facing limb loss decides that it is time to schedule an amputation, they have an opportunity to meet with one of our […]

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How Amputees Are Inspiring The Mainstream Media

  Over the past decade, the emergence of disability rights awareness has led to an increased presence of amputees in mainstream media. The portrayals focus as much, if not more, on the possibilities of living with a prosthesis rather than the limitations. For example, in May, a Marine Corps veteran who lost his leg in […]

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Premier Prosthetic Patient Aims For Boston Marathon

In 2001, 57-year-old John Gardner of Knoxville was involved in a tree cutting accident that crushed his ankle and left him with one leg shorter than the other. Over the next thirteen years, Gardner fought with limited mobility issues and depression about how his lifestyle was being compromised because of his injured leg. Then he […]

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