Does Early Mobility Benefit Amputees? - April 2005

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Focus on IPOPs, EPOPs: Does Early Mobility Benefit Amputees?
By Miki Fairley


“Although amputations have been performed for centuries as a lifesaving procedure, the current protocols for care of the person undergoing this life-altering surgical procedure, in some cases, may not reflect the complete and active lifestyle in which the amputee can now engage."

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Feature

Kiwi: An RRD Innovation
By Miki Fairley


The Kiwi, New Zealand's famed flightless bird, walksaround all day. Since he wants amputees likewise to be able to walkaround all day, Wallis W.T. Farraday, CP, who also is from NewZealand, decided to name his innovative immediate postoperativepro...

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Flo-Tech: Expanding Options
By Miki Fairley


Robert Brown, CPO, FAAOP, went to anamputee's home, in 1993, to cast and measure a patient for apreparatory prosthesis. As hospitals usually did then, the hospitalhad sent the patient home with practically no limb protection.Brown found him sittin...

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Feature

A New Paradigm of Postoperative Amputation Care
By Miki Fairley


Michael Pinzur, MD, has a guiding philosophy: "Thinkoutside the box." In discussing the American healthcare system,Pinzur says, "It's a bad system, but it's the best around." Toarrive at the ultimate goal of optimal patient outcomes, Pinzurbelieve...

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Feature

OA Knee Bracing Relieves Pain, Reduces Medication Need
By Miki Fairley


The recent storm over possible dangerouscomplications from popular arthritis pain medications, such asVioxx® and Celebrex®, may be opening the door wider forincreased used of orthotic intervention in knee osteoarthritis(OA). This is good news not...

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Cutting Edge

Soldier Gets New Prosthetic Design
By Rachel Monserrate, Miki Fairley


Josh Olson can never forget the date of October 27, 2003. The young soldier on duty in Iraq was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and lost his entire leg. An infantry squad leader, Olson knew immediately that the leg was gone, but says, “I was just happy to be alive!”

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Education Outlook

Online Education Technology: What We Have, What We Need
By Rick E. Sevier, CPed, ROPA


Traditionally, healthcare workers receive theireducation while sitting in a classroom. In the 1999-2000 schoolyear, about 43 percent of students enrolled in post secondaryprograms were non-traditional students 24 years old or older. Atotal of 82 p...

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Leading EDGE

Independent Networks: Leveling the Playing Field
By Jim Andreassen, Catherine Griffin


In a competitive environment, small O&Pcompanies have often found it advantageous to join forces to gainmore strength relative to large national and regional entities. Twosuch networks--OPGA, which recently merged with POINT, andPrimeCare--are pro...

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Creature Care

O&P Aids Animals
By Meredy Fullen


Welcome to the Creature Care Department "One can measure the greatness and moral progress ofa nation by looking at how it treats its animals." MahatmaGandhi My mother taught me to read when my brother went to kindergartenand left me at home with...

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Global View

Saddam's Palace Basement Becomes O&P Lab
By Rachel Monserrate


Throughout the war in Iraq, media attention has beenfocused on military operations, and the impact on daily life hasoften been forgotten. In that war-torn nation, the medical systemis a shambles, and the need for orthotics and prosthetics israpidl...

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Industry Leader

Gary Horton's Goal: Providing a Lifetime of Support for Patients
By Jodi Mills


Throughout the field of orthotics and prosthetics,the family-run small business is not unusual. In any profession,running a small business generally requires great sacrifices.O&P is not unique in that respect. What may be unique is thepassion and...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


The future of your practice depends onknowledgeable billing and collection information. Understanding thefull aspect of billing guidelines and procedures will effectivelyincrease your reimbursement. This informative column will helpproviders and t...

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Association Spotlight

US-ISPO Conference Provides Much Food for Thought


John Fisk, MD, (far left), moderates with a panel, Rob Kistenberg, CP; Steen Jensen, MD; Rob Horvath, and Robert Gailey, PT. The first-ever conference held by the US Member Society of the International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics (US-ISPO)...

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Association Spotlight

CMS Proposes Wheelchair Codes


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recentlyreleased draft coverage criteria for power wheelchairs andscooters, as well as new codes, to ensure proper payment. To better reflect the range of power mobility products nowavailable on t...

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Profile

Jason M. Jennings, CPO


Jason M. Jennings, CPO Westmed Rehab Inc. Rapid City, South Dakota What do you like best aboutO&P?

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Perspective

ACPOC/Academy Meeting Opens New Dimension
By Janet Marshall, CPO


The big event of the year in the O&P industryis being held at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort as theAssociation of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC) joinsforces with the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists fortheir annual...

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Viewpoints

President's Message: Introducing The Academy Today
By Tonja Randolph


The O&P EDGE debuted at theAcademy meeting three years ago. We believed then as we do today,that the industry needed a strong, independent, industry-specificpublication that provides high-quality, timely content. The chances were slim that we wou...

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