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"I was kinda skeptical because I'm not a gamer of any kind," says Crowder.
Melissa, who's recovering from neck surgery, is rehabbing at NHC Murfreesboro. Here, she's using the new Omni-VR, a virtual 3D gaming device used to help patients regain strength, balance and movement.
"It uses the 3D infrared camera to capture the patients' movements so they're the controller when we're doing exercises," says Melissa's physical therapist and Director of Rehab at NHC Margaret Greeson. "If we want to do lower extremity exercises, we don't say we're going to do lower extremity exercises, we say we're going to KICK THE BUGS! Or instead of saying we're going to work on high balance activities, let's go cut some flowers."
"It's built on exercising the body," says Crowder. "But, you don't realize it because you're more focused on playing the game."
The therapist chooses the difficulty setting based on the patient's need. Exercises vary for each person.
"The more I do there, I can tell every day I can do a little bit more," says Crowder. "I can tell it's making an impact."
The games don't replace traditional PT, but Margaret says a combination of the 2 makes for a quicker recovery and playing games gives patients a good distraction from their daily pain.
"We know what we're working on underlining the actual physical therapy part," says Greeson. "The patient sees it as more fun."
The Omni-VR system is used on stroke patients as well and the virtual therapy is covered by most insurance companies. The system is only 2 years old, so many of the physical therapists, like Margaret Greeson, are giving feedback and making suggestions to improve it.
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Tenn. Powerball ticket worth $1 million
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Powerball ticket sold in Tennessee barely missed winning a share of an estimated $590.5 million prize. But the ticket has a nice consolation prize worth $1 million.
Officials say the Powerball ticket worth $1 million was sold in Chattanooga.
There's no word yet on who won.
A Powerball ticket sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., matched all six numbers selected Saturday night for the estimated $590.5 million prize. It's the highest Powerball jackpot in history.
The winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.