Get the Clutter Out—Save Time and Money!
By Greg Mattson, RTPO
Welcome to the second installment in thisseries of articles presenting real-world solutions to productionproblems in the O&P fabrication lab. As insurancereimbursements shrink and the cost of doing business grows, it'shard to ignore the potential...
New Online Tech Forum Takes Off
L. Vincent Lebbad, RTP Like a wildfire from a spark, a question postedAugust 27 to the oandp-l listserv has led to an enthusiastic newonline technician forum. Founders of the forum ( www.oandptech.com ) are L.
Hanger Aids Afghani Landmine Survivors
Team: Gary Lenzini, CPO, Hugh Panton, CPO, FAAOP, Dale Berry, CP, CP(c) and Richard Mason, CP, CP(SA) A team of four prosthetists from Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics fit over 55 Afghani landmine survivors in 10 days, exceeding the original goal o...
Afghan Mission a Humanitarian Adventure
By Miki Fairley
The plane was an old, rickety 727. Half theseatbelts didn't work and overhead bins would open unexpectedly. Asthe plane circled, preparing to land, the passengers could see thecity on a large plateau, surrounded by a vista of some of theworld's hi...
Horton Unveils Electronic Stance Control Orthotic Knee
Horton Technology Inc., Little Rock, Arkansas,unveiled an electronic version of the Stance Control Orthotic Knee"joint (SCOKJ) during the National Assembly of the American Orthoticand Prosthetic Association (AOPA) in October. Polio survivor PaulEl...
Prejudice and the Disabled Person
By Alberto E. Castillo Moreno, OP
In our society, many types of prejudice exist. The LarousseDictionary includes various definitions: "To judge things beforeknowing them or without having all the necessary facts; opinion orjudgment on something before having a true knowledge of it...
From the Editor
As described in this month's feature article , the good news is that thereappears to be little "generation gap" between younger and olderpractitioners. Besides sons and daughters following parents intothe field, the profession is reaching out more...
The Young Turks: How Are They Impacting O&P?
By Miki Fairley
In the O&P field, the Young Turks and the Old Guard are working together to combine the best of both worlds to the benefit of the patient.
The unique Loc-n-Load" AK lock by Creative Components" is now
exclusively available from SPS.
The AK Loc-n-Load is the first and ONLY AK lock available in the
O&P Industry. The AK Loc-n-Load is preflexed at 4.5 degrees and
has a posterior offset 5/8" (1.5 cm) to allow easier alignment of
the leg. The lock housing is anodized and wear surfaces are
heat-treated for long life and durability.
It requires no special tools and is applicable for either
thermoplastic or laminating fabrication techniques. A BK version*
is also available.
Due to the long life and durability of the
Loc-n-Load, O&P facilities using the unit have reported
significant savings in both material and labor costs.
*Patents pending for both AK and BK versions of the
Medipro Knee Joints
SPS introduces the medipro® Family of Knee Joints to the US
O&P community. All the knees are designed for amputees of low
to medium activity levels (K1-K2). The knee joints are lightweight,
yet highly durable, and provide stable, fluid motion with various
OP2 is a unique 4-bar polycentric joint designed
to provide smooth, fluid motion. Resistant adjustments for flexion
and extension are independently controlled to allow maximum
synchronization with the amputee's stride and cadence. OP2 has
independent swing phase flexion and extension resistances in a
OP3 is the ONLY single axis weight-activated locking knee with
pneumatic swing phase control available in the United States. Made
of lightweight metal alloys, this unique knee joint couples safety
and stability with the fluid motion and smooth gait produced by a
pneumatically controlled knee.
OFM1 Locking Knee is a low-profile 4 bar
polycentric joint which features added versatility by incorporating
either manual locking OR manual friction swing phase control. It
also provides adjustable friction swing phase control and
adjustable extension assist.
The OM8 Polycentric Knee addresses the needs of geriatric and
low-activity amputees (K1-K2). At 430g, the OM8 is an
ultra-lightweight unit applicable for amputees weighing up to 100
Medipro Protect Liner
Extending the selection of medipro® liners available in the
US, SPS announces the exclusive US distribution of the
medipro® Protect liner. The semi-permeable membrane assures a
soothing, soft interface specially formulated for users with
conical limb shapes, less soft tissue distally, and highly
sensitive skin, resulting in less skin friction for easier
As an added incentive to try the new line of medipro knee joints
and the new Protect liner, SPS is offering a free denim shirt with
the purchase of any of the medipro knees or any combination of
three medipro liners (Protect, Sensitive or Soft) with orders
placed between September 1, 2002, and December 31, 2002. There is
no limit on the number of free shirts an office or facility may
For more information contact:
800.767.7776 " fax 800.869.7776
Thanks for making 2002 a successful year!
In 2003, well be expanding our product line to serve your growing
We look forward to serving you.
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes to you and yours!
South West Orthopedic Designs LLC
480.332.8120 " fax: 480.664.3521
Free-Magic" brand fastener is a
single component hook and loop fastener.
Free-Magic is made by weaving alternating rows of
nylon hook and loop on the same surface thus transforming into a
one-piece, adjustable fastening system.
" No sewing needed.
" Reduced lint contamination.
" Eliminates color variations due to different dye lots of hook and
" Fast and efficient, you control the length of the material used;
you are always assured of proper fit and function.
" Can be used as an instant face-strap, which can be custom-fitted
to the patient.
" Sizes: 5/8" = .60 per yard
3/4" = .60 per yard
1" = .70 per yard
1 1/2" = $1.55 per yard
2" = $1.65 per yard
For more information or to place an order,
WBC Industries, Inc.
625 Central Avenue, Westfield, NJ 07090
800.818.2932 " fax: 908.232.5219
Seattle Systems, Poulsbo, Washington, presents the
new Slide Sternal Extension. The Slide
Sternal Extension attaches to the front of a spinal
orthosis to give the patient added spinal support without applying
unwanted pressure against the patient's chest, as is common with
The spring-loaded Slide Sternal Extension
adjusts automatically to a shorter level when the person sits and
expands when the person standsso no binding or unnecessary
The Slide Sternal Extension can be attached to
most thoracic or body braces for the additional comfort and support
that is necessary for most types of spinal injuries.
By preventing excessive bending of the spine fractures, the
Slide Sternal Extension helps to hold weak bones
securely so the individual may remain active. A soft interface
lines each sternal pad to further increase comfort and
For more information, contact:
Fillauer has created the first "all-conditions"
clutch-type Gator Grip Lock to meet the needs of
your most active patients in any environment, including freshwater,
saltwater, muck, and grime.
This novel approach uses ball bearings in a wedge-fit
arrangement to create a quiet, stepless lock that uses a
one-of-a-kind smooth flexible pin. This flexible pin feature can be
used to solve pin attachment alignment issues by flexing to find
the distal opening. The modular Gator Grip Lock
mechanism is interchangeable with a Delrin or pyramid attachment. A
cylindrical Gator Grip Lock is being added
For more information, contact:
2710 Amnicola Highway
Chattanooga, TN 37421
423.624.0946 " fax: 423.629.7936
firstname.lastname@example.org " www.fillauer.com
The new Currier Coupling is a
laminated four-hole European-style socket attachment block. A
vacuum-formable urethane is used instead of foam or wood as the
connection material. When you place the Currier
Coupling on the mold and apply vacuum, the urethane
conforms to the cast, eliminating the need for any filling or
Another nice feature is that on the coupling itself, a groove
has been milled so that, when your PVA is in place and secured with
the provided o-ring, the need to cap your inside bag is eliminated.
The coupling also has milled standoffs, which dictate even
laminates. When it is used with the finish plate that is provided,
sanding on the distal end is kept at a minimum. The Currier
Coupling is easy to use and saves time and money.
For more information, contact:
Creative Adaptations Inc.
292 St. James Avenue, Milton, NH 03851