Who Is Your Company’s Worst Enemy?
By Miki Fairley
"We have met the enemy, and he is us." This famous quote by cartoonist Walt Kelly's Pogo nails down what could be the real problem in a company crisis. Could your companys worst enemy be you-the O&P company owner or manager? When a business is str...
Moving Forward in O&P
By Bill Wilcox, RTP
As Bob Dylan sang in one of his famous songs, "The Times They Are A-Changin'." As O&P colleagues, we need to be able to keep up with the changes. As a person who has been involved in the O&P field for more than 20 years, I have been privileged to...
What We Don’t Know About O&P: Can It Hurt Us?
By Judith Philipps Otto
Ironically, in this Information Age, some believe that O&P is starved for information. Despite the online availability of more comprehensive and esoteric data than most brains can process, basic questions that arise about the people and businesses...
Ethics in the Workplace
By Julie Whittinghill
Knowing and using proper ethical practice is vital for newcomers to the O&P field and established practitioners alike. Not only does it enable providers to deliver the best patient care possible, it also acts as a preventative for fines and lawsui...
Today’s Consumer: Sara Ashcroft
By Sherry Metzger
One family's tragedy became another's miracle when Michael and Dawn Kimberly generously donated their bereaved son's computerized leg (C-Leg) prosthesis to then 18-year-old Sara Ashcroft. When the Kimberlys' youngest son, Brad Aaron Kimberly, lost...
Ted Thranhardt, CPO(E): An O&P Icon
By Miki Fairley
H.E. "Ted" Thranhardt's first job in orthotics and prosthetics, at age 15, was carving a knee from a block of hickory wood. From that simple beginning, his career has soared for almost a half century.
Policy & Practice
How Far is Too Far with Marketing Promotions?
By John Latsko
Every business must promote its products and services if it wants to be successful, but marketing strategies that work well for other industries may be problematic if used by healthcare companies. Here are some things to look out for to keep your...
Face to Face
Five Questions for Terry Hammer, CO
Terry Hammer, CO, left the military in 1969 as a first lieutenant. "I guess this is where I got my ideas about paying attention to detail," he says. After his military service, Hammer immediately joined the family business, B & H Orthopedic Lab Inc.
By Jack Richmond
It's Not Always about the Time Goals and accomplishments aren't always measured on a clock. When I set my sights on the 2006 Marine Corps Marathon, I trained hard and felt I would finish in 4:30, and, barring any problems, maybe even better. On m...
Progress on Parity
New Year, New Energy in the Fight for Prosthetic Coverage
By Morgan Sheets
As a new year begins, we have a lot to celebrate. In 2006, bills were introduced throughout the country, three new laws were signed, and we had hearings on prosthetic parity in more than a half-dozen states. Rhode Island, California , and Massachu...
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Competitive bidding, NPI numbers, DXCode updates, Medicare contractor reform, etc. Keeping up with thenew Medicare 2007 rules and regulation changes can become veryoverwhelming. Count on "GOT FAQS" to keep you informed as youprepare for O&P in 200...
Do What You Know You Should…
Lose weight, save money, get organized, quit smoking, get in touch with old friends... New Year's resolutions sure are predictable! Still, it sometimes takes the ritualistic declaration of the commitment to get us started on the right track.
The BRAE Orthosis is designed for
the management of forearm rotation contractures using a static
progressive stretching protocol. The orthosis is useful for
treatment of forearm contractures as a result of upper-extremity
fractures and injuries. Forearm rotation is adjusted by means of a
dual offset channel with a patented overlapping adjustable rotation
Benefits include the following:
- Maintains post-surgical forearm rotation positioning.
- Decreases substitution that can result from misalignment of the
mechanical to anatomical axis for forearm rotation.
- Maintains static progression of infinite positions in both
supination and pronation.
- Controls forearm rotation position while allowing free motion
in the sagittal plane.
The new value-priced Fillauer Cylindrical
Lock, available from PEL Supply, incorporates the
dependable Fillauer locking mechanism in a versatile cylindrical
body with a 4-hole attachment base. Its value-added design features
a fiber-reinforced, injection-molded cowl, a deeper pin well for
easier insertion, and a stronger 4-hole attachment.
Optimized for thermoforming or lamination, the new
Fillauer Cylindrical Lock can retrofit into other
cylindrical lock sockets. It comes ready to fit with two, one-inch
Fillauer shuttle pins and attachment hardware.
PEL Supply Company
The Elite® foot
for K3-K4 amputees provides the right response, in the right
places, no matter the terrain.
Its multi-directional movement is made easy with shock-absorbing
reflex action, providing excellent forward progression. Its Tri-pod
system®, a patented independent heel and toe spring
design, provides stability with effective propulsion and control
through the gait cycle on all terrain. The Elites
twin toe adapts and conforms to any terrain with optimized energy
The Elite foot comes with a 60-day,
no-questions-asked return guarantee.
SPS introduces the Knee Pyramid
Adapter (P/N AC-195), which provides compatibility between
all prosthetic knees that accept a 30mm pylon and the
SilhouetteTM prosthetic foot, manufactured by Freedom
Providing greater fitting options for the Silhouette foot, the
AC-195 knee pyramid adapter is to be used
exclusively for the fitting of lower extremity prostheses. The
adapter has a weight limit of 300 lb. and has a product warranty of
24 months when used according to the specified condition and
intended purpose, following all manufacturers recommendations. The
products are tested according to ISO 10328 recommendations.
The new OMEGA®
Scanner, with its unique combination of lasers and LED
lights, captures the most accurate shapes for use in prosthetic
The hand-held, 3-D laser imager works seamlessly with the OMEGA
Tracer® System. Portable and easy to use, the
OMEGA Scanner allows for patient movement during
shape capture by having set landmarks on a patients limb. Combine
this feature with the scanner being accurate to +/- 0.5mm, and it
is clear that this powerful CAD tool has key advantages over
competing shape capture devices.
Ohio Willow Wood
CareCredit, the nations leader in patient
financing, now offers a new brochure illustrating
how orthotic and prosthetic practices can use patient payment plans
to help patients overcome cost concerns and have the optimal
technology they need.
Featuring data compiled from industry studies and practice and
patient research, the brochure details how
offering CareCredit as a value-added service has proved to increase
care acceptance and revenue, reduce accounts receivable and
collection costs, and improve cash flow.
CareCredit enables practices to provide a range of 3-, 6-, 12-,
and 18-month no interest plans, and 24-, 36-, 48-, and 60-month
extended payment plans to fit patient budgets.
The improved Maple
LeafTM Orthosis offers a redesigned,
anatomically contoured proximal section to provide greater control
of the lumbar spine and pelvic region. The improved pelvic design
also allows for ease of adjustability.
The hip joints have been offset to provide greater clearance,
while the updated thigh cuffs provide greater leverage for
abducting the patients hip.
In addition, the new Maple Leaf is now offered
in XS to accommodate the smallest of patients.
The bendable section of the NEW
Iceross® Wave, distributed
exclusively in the US by SPS, functions like the bendable section
of a drinking straw. The circumferential wave design of the liner
fabric extends over the front of the knee, providing additional
elasticity, thus reducing the effort needed to bend the knee and
reducing pressure over the patella.
Features and benefits includethe
- Supplex® outer cover, non-ravel stitching, and
superb abrasion tolerance.
- Size-specific umbrella minimizes distal elongation
- DermoSil silicone with Active Skin Care ingredients.
- Standard 3mm profile, retrofitable to standard 3mm Iceross
Cascade Orthopedic Supply now offers the
innovative line of childrenfs shoes from
KeepingPace designed to accommodate AFOs and
adaptive footwear needs.
Unique features include the following:
- Wider, deeper heel box to hide additional depth and ensure AFO
- Compression-molded EVA mid-sole with visible cut-line to
facilitate modification and build-up process.
- Triple-layer inner sole for easy internal adjustment for
- Abrasion-resistant rubber toe cap and reinforced triple
stitching for durability.
- Fray-resistant lining.
- Ankle-to-toe lacing for wider opening and easier foot
- Three shoe styles in toddler, youth, and young adult sizes.
Replacement soles available.
Cascade Orthopedic Supply
exclusively distributed in the US by SPS, is designed without a
cover to provide the most intimate fit with the residual limb
possible for transfemoral amputees. An exterior glazing, with a
very low coefficient of friction, provides sufficient lubrication
to allow the liner to roll easily up and down upon itself.
Features and benefits include the
- Optimal Longitudinal Stretch¡
Provides equally high degree of transverse stretch, akin to a stump
- Elimination of Cover¡ No need
for alcohol when donning/doffing.
- Full-Length Matrix¡ Provides
stability and rotation control.
- Orientation Marks¡ Allow amputee
to don in same anterior position each time.
VersaClampTM, distributed exclusively in the
US by SPS, provides two fitting solutions for the
SilhouetteTM, manufactured by Freedom Innovations.
The extended 34mm tube clamp can be paired with pre-cut spacer
rings for an easy fix when the pylon of the Silhouette has been cut
too short. Simply insert the 1/8- in. 1/4- in., or 3/8-in. rings,
or any combination of the three, into the clamp, and you will be
able to build pylon to the correct height.
Versa Clamp also allows Silhouette to be
utilized with pin locking systems. The extra length of
Versa Clamp provides 3/4 in. to accommodate the
length of the pin.
HOPE Orthopedic, the orthotic value leader, has
added a mid-profile version of its highly popular
OrthoLuxTM brace and the new
VertaLuxTM (shown) and
SpinaLuxTM. These braces are now
available with LSO, TLSO, and mid-profile height backs, and the
fronts are available in low-profile,mid-profile,
and xiphoid height.
The semi-rigid LSO, LSM (mid-profile), and TLSO
braces are offered in seven sizes (SM through 4XL) with your choice
of abdomen, lordosis, anterior extension, and over-the-shoulder
HOPE provides same-day order fulfillment until 8 PM EST,
three-day shipping for the price of ground, and a flat fee of $20
for overnight shipping of the HippO or OrthoLux.
HOPE Orthopedic Inc.