Closing the Generation Gap: Serving Veterans of All Ages
Caring for the nation's veterans of military service is a noble tradition that can trace its roots back to 1636, when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony were at war with the Pequot Indians, inspiring the Pilgrims to legislate colonial support for any disabled soldier. Though times and methods have changed-and certainly the number of veterans has changed dramatically-the colonial support systems that evolved into the current U. S.
Civilian Casualties from Iraq: Caring for the Forgotten Wounded
The figures have been frustratingly hard to find. While detailed statistics are kept of U. S.
Taming the Pain: Jon Wilkins
Retired construction worker regains mobility after his elected amputation and develops a creative approach to combating chronic pain.
Jon Wilkins understands that one of his sources for pain relief might seem a bit unusual
but he's not about to turn his back on progress. "It may seem funny, but I've learned to use Lamaze techniques to control my pain," Wilkins says.
The Orthotist’s Role in Successful Knee OA Management
She is over 50. She is overweight. She is feeling depressed because she realizes that the everyday activities she enjoyed and did effortlessly have now become slower, harder, and more painful to perform.
Take the High Road When It Comes to Accreditation
The future of regulations for orthotic and prosthetic providers
is changing. In 2003, the U. S.
One Arm Trap Shoot a Blast
During a break in the trash talk, the shooters pose for a picture. Photograph courtesy of the Upper Extremity National Outreach Coalition.
The second annual North Country One Arm Trap Shoot,
presented by UpperEx National Outreach Coalition, was held August 35 in Wautoma, Wisconsin.
Hospital Arrangements with Suppliers Pose Risks
Marketing to potential customers is a
"must" strategy if a company is to survive. Some of the
best customers for O&P facilities are the hospitals and the
hospital's patients that are in a facility's market. Hospitals have
both inpatients and outpatients who require orthotic and/or
prosthetic devices and services.
Portrait of an Activist: Dennis O'Donnell
With 28 states in play and a federal bill on the
horizon, the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is working hard to
ensure access to prosthetic care. But it is not doing this work on
its own. In each state, there are committees of activists who are
helping to run parity campaigns.
Claim denials are difficult to
identify and time-consuming to appeal. Don't let them become the
bane of your existence. When you need answers to your most pressing
questions, count on "Got FAQs?" to help get you back on
The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan
have had a lasting, albeit varied, impact on the American psyche. According to a
USA Today article
, feelings range from patriotism and gratitude to discouragement and guilt ("Effects of Iraq War Vary Dramatically in USA," by Rick Hampson, March 16, 2006).
Needless to say, there continue to be direct physical consequences as well, and those consequences are having a major impact on the O&P profession.
ToeOFF®, the original
dynamic response floor reaction AFO, and two new models are
available from PEL Supply. According to manufacturer Allard USA,
individuals with gait impairment due to foot drop now enjoy a
higher quality of life thanks to the stability and dynamic assist
The Ypsilon" model has a more open and flexible construction. It
offers dynamic "toe-off" assist and floor reaction
control, while allowing natural ankle movement. The new
BlueRockerTM model offers extra stability to improve
balance and posture.
PEL Supply Company
SPS is pleased to introduce the enhanced,
versatile, and efficient redesign of the Mauch
Knee® from Ossur. Initiating with the proven track
record of the Mauch hydraulics, Ossur has taken this remarkable
prosthetic knee and reinvented it for superlative performance and
The new cylinder attachment delivers a lower tolerance
environment. State-of-the-art bearings contribute to a smoother
motion and increased durability. Protected by rubber covers, front
and back, the aluminum frame combines strength with an attractive
SPS customers with higher activity patients
experiencing drop foot, TMA, ALS, or MS need the new Matrix
MAX from Trulife.
The Matrix MAX has a thicker and stronger foot
plate to accommodate patients with weak quadricep muscles and in
need of greater stance control. Applicable for patients over 250
lb., the rigid carbon and glass fiber AFO is height adjustable. As
with the Matrix before it,Matrix MAXs anterior
shell is heat moldable to facilitate easy customization and
Originating from our custom SILK liners, we now
offer seven standard sizes in both pin and cushion
Features of the Origin liners include:
- A silky surface that allows the liner to slide on itself.
- Easy to don and doff.
- No coatings that crack, peel, or wear off.
- No coverings to tear or run.
- Compatible with all high-vacuum sockets.
- Medical-grade silicone.
OPTECs new Stealth LSO and
LSO Low-Profile are revolutionary orthoses for
practitioners who desire the best for their patients.
Our patented locking system makes donning and doffing simple for
patients of all ages, providing maximum compression with minimal
effort. The back panel automatically adjusts to any lordosis. The
front and back panels are removable to provide the right amount of
support and compression at all stages of rehabilitation. The sleek,
innovative design makes this orthosis virtually undetectable under
clothes. The Stealth is available in six unisex
sizes with neutral or pendulous abdomen.
The SafetyStrideTM is
a mechanical stance control orthotic knee joint that utilizes a
low-profile cabling system to automatically unlock itself at the
end of stance phase. The key feature of the
SafetyStride is its ability to resist knee flexion
at any angle. The SafetyStride doesnt require full
180-degree knee extension to resist knee flexion in stance phase.
Designed to unlock at terminal stance, an internal lever re-engages
during swing phase to ensure knee joint stability prior to heel
contact. Individuals who intermittently fail to reach full
extension will now have added security and stability.
Advance Footwear, a division of SoleTech,
encompasses the Advance Comfort Footwear line as
well as the original Advance Orthopedic Footwear
line. SoleTech has engineered the innovative
Advance Comfort Footwear line to offer features
and benefits that are unequaleddepth, roominess, and style.
Advance Comfort Footwear features an incomparable
level of comfort, while the styling rivals that of todays best
walking and comfort shoe brands.
Whether your patient needs the maximum depth of Advance
Orthopedic Footwear or the medium depth of Advance
Comfort Footwear, Advance can meet all of your needs for
style and function from one source.
Restricting motion of the lumbar spine is now even
more comfortable and economical with the new
ContourTM LSO available through
The Contour LSO, manufactured by Aspen Medical
Products, combines the patented QuikDrawTM RAP and the
Contour Back Panel to produce the ultimate in orthotic options for
spinal bracing. The Contour LSO is modular with
adjustable side and vertical panels, allowing the practitioner to
fit a wide variety of patients while minimizing inventory.
Specifically designed with the progression of patient care in
mind, the Contour LSO is a multiple orthotic
system that can be stepped down to the proven QuikDraw PRO.
A new modern design approach inspired Becker
Oregon to combine the conveniences of a modular system with the
rigidity and lightweight (typical KAFO weighs only 2.6 lb.)
characteristics of composites to create a laminated
system that is user friendly for the practitioner.
Components easily can be detached from the orthosis and adjusted
for ease of fitting, adjustment, and replacement. The laminated
sections of the orthosis are fabricated around the metal components
and attached with screws, and the streamlined design adds cosmetic
An unhappy employee. A lost laptop or stolen hard
drive. Or a simple employee mistake.
Any or all of these scenarios can cause a privacy breach that
can damage your companys reputation and your bottom line.
Worried about HIPAA? We have the answer.
Crisis management costs can be high when a security breach
occurs. Potential loss goes beyond lawsuits. The cost includes the
expense of notifying your clients and customers of any personal
data breach. The majority of these expenses are covered by
getGuard,TM so your organization can
recover as quickly as possible.
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Our latest innovation in microprocessor knee
technology. Activate it, and walk around. The
SmartIP programs itself!
The SmartIP adjusts to the optimum function as
it automatically detects what is happening during the gait cycle.
At any time, the wearer can activate the knee and re-program it to
suit specific activities and environments.
Includes the following key benefits:
- Enhanced range of walking speeds.
- Smoother gait.
- Cost effective.
- User friendly.
- Proven technology.
Endolite North America
The Ortho Remedy Inc. has instructed almost 300
practitioners in the fabrication of the EndoFlex® prosthesis.
It is a low-cost, lightweight monolithic prosthesis that has proven
efficacy in todays prosthetic industry.
Since the hands-on educational process has been expensive and
time consuming, The Ortho Remedy has created a complete
EndoFlex Fabrication Starter Kit.
The starter kit has a video collection,
including the EndoFlex Detail video for your physicians and
referral sources, and the Fabrication Course video, which covers
all aspects of EndoFlex fabrication. All past students can receive
the Course DVD free of charge.
The Ortho Remedy
In an effort to make the introduction to Ossurs
Rheo Knee® and Proprio
Foot® as convenient as possible, SPS is offering
onsite training on these products. Molly Cooper,
CPO, SPS director of clinical and technical services, will visit
your facility and provide training for you and your staff.
The hands-on session will provide working
knowledge of how to properly select, specify, and utilize all the
functions of either the Rheo Knee or
Proprio Foot. Order either product through an SPS
sales manager and request onsite instruction.
The GeoLiteTM Knee is
designed for Level 1 and Level 2 amputees. The knee returns to full
extension when flexed up to 20 degrees under load without
mechanical locks. The knee accommodates hip flexion without losing
knee stability. These features provide a sense of security and
stability to wearers.
One of the lightest and shortest friction-controlled polycentric
knees available, the GeoLite Knees design allows
for easy adjustments and easy cosmetic finishing. The proximal end
has a four-hole pattern. The distal end offers a choice of
four-hole pattern or 30mm tube clamp.
Ohio Willow Wood
Comfort Products Inc., the innovation leader in
knitted orthotic and prosthetic products, announced the newest
addition to its AFO liner sock offerings. Now
available with X-Static® silver and CoolMax® fiber for
superior moisture control and antimicrobial protection, our new
SilvermaxTM AFO liner sock offers
The AFO liner sock is an extra-high crew style
that accommodates AFOs, thereby reducing patient irritation,
chafing, and perspiration. The product comes in three adult and
three pediatric sizes.
Call for a complimentary pair (one offer per customer).
The new Black Iron Trainer is a
lighter version of the heavy-duty, high-performance Black Iron
Master. While the Black Iron Trainer is smaller
and lighter in weight, it is capable of handling the wide range of
handle diameters that are encountered in modern fitness and
The completely manual operation and positive locking and
unlocking design provides uncompromising security and stability for
bench pressing, dumbbell flys, dead lifts, pull-downs and more. The
Black Iron Trainer, with a load-rating of 440 lb.,
also carries a smaller price tag than its larger cousin.
Ossurs new and improved Mauch®
Knee has a great new look with a tough aluminum frame and
mechanical extension stop, making it the most durable, secure knee
Includes the following new and
- Increased durability, engineered to endure the toughest
- Increased weight limit to 136kg (300 lb.).
- The new advanced-connection method between the cylinder, frame,
- Spherical bearings protect the cylinder from damaging torsional
forces, reducing the chance of failure.
- Side-play is minimized by specially designed bushings of all
moving parts in the knee.
Isnt it time for womens casual shoes to feel as
good as they look? The Aetrex
EssenceCollection is designed to meet the
demands of both fashion and function. This brown Mary Jane is made
of luxuriously soft full-grain leather and incorporates linings
made with moisture-transferring polyester fabric for maximum
comfort and breathability. The E361 also features
quarter-inch removable depth in two layersa patented Aetrex
Performance Insole and Aetrexs innovative Mozaic customization
layer for fitting flexibility. Available in sizes 4½ -11, 12,
and 13; widths B, D, and EE.