Cobb Angle or Balance? Trends, Debates in Scoliosis Orthotic Management - May 2007

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Cobb Angle or Balance? Trends, Debates in Scoliosis Orthotic Management
By Miki Fairley


My dad was the first to notice that something was wrong. One day when he was walking behind me, he could see that one shoulder blade was more prominent than the other. When we got home, he looked at my back, and it was obvious something wasn't right.

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Q&A with J. Martin Carlson, CPO, FAAOP
By Miki Fairley


In a question-and-answer interview with Miki Fairley, J. Martin Carlson , CPO, FAAOP, provides his viewpoint on some of the issues involved in orthotic management of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Carlson is president of Tamarack Habili...

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Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Cobb Angle Relative to Overall Balance
By Andrew J. Mills, CO (UK)


1. The definition of a successful orthotic management outcome isgenerally a stabilization or improvement of the pre-treatment Cobbangle for a patient who had been considered to be at significantrisk of progression. The Scoliosis Research Society (...

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TriaCII Scoliosis Orthosis Promotes Proactive Treatment
By Miki Fairley


James The TriaCII orthosis for treatment of adolescentidiopathic scoliosis (AIS) from Boston Brace International, Avon,Massachusetts, is a dynamic tension-based orthosis in which theforces acting on the spine are able to move with the patient,ra...

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Making the Most of Movement: Gait Analysis and Bracing
By Sherry Metzger


Gait analysis, an in-depth observation of how aperson walks or performs certain functions, is an importanttherapist tool in bracing the orthotic or prosthetic patient.Historical work on defining the gait cycle is useful in assessingmotion and dete...

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Today's Consumer

Meg Wolff: Beating the Odds, Becoming Whole
By Sherry Metzger


Bone and breast cancer survivor and transtibial amputee Meg Wolff looks back on her road to recovery, grateful for the unexpected gifts that came with it. Learning to trust her instincts, Meg Wolff began a journey to heal her body, using conven...

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Perspective

Tony Barr, 1947–2007: A Passion for Positive Change
By Jack Richmond


Tony Barr, 1947-2007 Tony Barr was my friend and advocate. I met Tony in 1992 when I was the president of the local amputee support group in Orlando, Florida. I needed money to fund the purchase of a leg for an amputee who had no means to pay fo...

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Shop Talk

AK Foam Covers
By Ronnie N. Graves, CO, RTP


There sure are a lot of ways to cover limbs today. With all of the choices we have to make-hose or skins, one-piece or two-piece AK, permanent or removable BK-how can you make sure your choice will result in the intended outcome? While the practit...

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Sports

Disabled Veterans Broaden Horizons at WSC
By Miki Fairley


Disabled Veterans Broaden Horizons at WSC Skiers know the exhilaration, freedom, and fast motion the sport brings to them. And a record number of disabled veterans enjoyed the thrill of skiing April 1-6 in Snowmass Village, Colorado, near the wor...

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Policy & Practice

What You Should Know about Accreditation
By John Latsko


In August of 2006, The Centersfor Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule thatestablished requirements for accreditation of DMEPOS suppliers inlaying the groundwork for the Medicare DMEPOS Competitive BiddingProgram. That rule detai...

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Industry Review

Academy Meeting ‘Best Education Conference Ever'


The mayor of San Francisco, California, Gavin Newsom, issued a proclamation to help kick off the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) 33 rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium and declared Thursday, March 22, the Am...

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Industry Review

PrimeFare Goes West—Again


PrimeCare O&P Network, Cordova, Tennessee,held its second annual PrimeFare West meeting in Salt Lake City,Utah, on February 23-24, 2007. "We deeply appreciate the support of our exhibitors, presenters,sponsors, and area practitioners as we focus o...

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Face to Face

Five Questions for Pam Lupo, CO


Pam Lupo teaching clubfoot casting in Ghana, West Africa Pam Lupo grew up around O&P. The daughter of Eugene "Gene" Filippis, CPO, Lupos first job was sweeping the floors of "the shop" at Wright & Filippis, Rochester Hills, Michigan. However, sh...

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Progress on Parity

Activists Unite in Support of Parity
By Morgan Sheets


The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) nationalcampaign experienced an exciting boost in April. Both NewYork and Pennsylvania held rallies insupport of prosthetic parity bills, and a new state has steppedforward in the fight for parity. On April 1...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify and time consuming to appeal. With mandatory accreditation, aging technology, and increased billing errors, running an O&P shop gets more complicated each year. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help keep your shop in top s...

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Viewpoint

How Time Flies....
By Tonja Randolph


This month, The O&P EDGE celebrates its fifth anniversary. It seems like such a short time ago that a small group of friends with experience in the O&P field and in publishing came together with what we felt was a unique vision for a publi...

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