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By Karen Henry
Karen Henry

Ask just about anyone. We live in a busy world. We work hard, we play hard, and we try to help others. For O&P professionals, and healthcare providers in general, working hard and helping others go hand-in-hand. Some industry professionals might even say that helping patients achieve optimal outcomes requires a combination of all three. But what would patients say? What combination of personal motivation and professional intervention works best for them?

This month, The O&P EDGE asked patients with amputations those very questions. Some patients revealed that pursuing activities that are personally enriching and professionally rewarding has strengthened their amputation recovery process—both physically and psychologically. Others told us that the working relationship they have built with their prosthetists has been instrumental not only in building a comfortable and functional prosthesis but also in helping to push them to a higher functional level. Check out "Prosthetists and Their Patients: A Good Match Can Be Life-Changing" by Susan Glairon and "Fueling a Life Lived Large" by Pam Martin to read just a few of these inspiring stories.

Affecting Change

Becoming a member of the amputee community can also inspire people to take part in local, regional, and national conversations about issues that impact patients and O&P professionals alike. Laura Hochnadel profiles several consumers who are involved in the legislative process, and Peter Thomas, JD, general counsel to the National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics & Prosthetics (NAAOP), provides a special commentary that describes the "Power of Consumers to Affect Public Policy".

What is your story? The month of June officially kicks off our editorial planning season for 2012, and we welcome your feedback, story ideas, and article submissions. Send your submissions and feedback to

Thanks for reading!

Karen Henry

The O&P EDGE Salary Survey

The O&P EDGE has launched a salary survey, which will document compensation levels for orthotic, prosthetic, pedorthic, and post-mastectomy professionals. The survey is anonymous, and the results will be published in a future issue of The O&P EDGE.

The survey is open through Thursday, June 16.

Help us make this a successful benchmarking tool for the O&P and related professions by completing the survey at Complete the survey, and register for your chance to win an iPod Touch, valued at $299!