New Year, New Look
January 2015 Issue
As you open the new print issue of The O&P EDGE, you may notice a few design changes. Late last fall, our creative team gathered ideas to create a fresh, innovative, new look to kick off the magazine's 14th year of bringing you independent, relevant information for the O&P profession. This design maintains The O&P EDGE 's professional look and feel while bringing modern, contemporary elements to your favorite parts of the magazine. Some features you may notice include ragged right text and slightly more open columns for easier readability. We've also enhanced our color palette with lighter, brighter shades.
You may also see that our ads no longer carry a circle number, but rest assured that you can still request additional information on any of the products advertised in each issue of The O&P EDGE. Each advertiser's number is listed in one convenient place-in the Advertisers' Index. Just locate the advertiser's reply number on the Advertisers' Index, complete the Product Information Card found next to that page, and mail or fax it to us.
In addition to the magazine's new look, I'm pleased to welcome a new column to our line-up this year, On Topic. This column, featuring information on billing and administration issues, is written by Erin Cammarata, president and owner of CBS Medical Billing and Consulting, and will alternate each month with our popular billing question and answer column, Got FAQs, written by Lisa Lake-Salmon, president of Acc-Q-Data.
What has not changed is our commitment to bringing you news and information for all aspects of the O&P profession and allied healthcare. In this issue, we focus on spinal bracing and prosthetic-related back pain. Our cover feature, "The Core Issue," examines ways in which orthotists can work with their patients' physicians and physical therapists to help manage the effects of osteoporosis on the spine, while "Back Again? Tracking Possible Causes of Low Back Pain after Lower-Limb Amputation" seeks to shed light on factors that impact the severity of back pain in lower-limb prosthetic users. Rounding out our examination of the use of spinal orthoses is Judith Philipps Otto's feature, which raises the question, "We Have Your Back-But Does It Need Bracing?." This article explores expert opinions and literature regarding the benefits of spinal orthoses to support healing of spinal injuries and low back pain, as well as possible reasons for foregoing bracing in favor of rest and antiinflammatory medication alone.
I wish you a happy New Year and hope you enjoy the new look.