Targeted Muscle Reinnervation: The Future Is Now
By Miki Fairley
Targeted muscle reinnervation surgery is visionary forthe future and practical for today. Kathy Stubblefield, OTR/L, watches patient Claudia Mitchell as she conducts functional testing with the six-motor neural-controlled prosthesis. Photograph co...
'Living' Plastic: Are Self-Healing Plastics a Possibility for O&P?
By Miki Farley
When you get a cut in your skin, it marvelously starts to healitself-and it can do this repeatedly. Now imagine a plastic thatcan mimic this ability. Self-healing plastic is not a figment of the imagination.
Pioneering Surgery Spurs New Occupational Therapy Techniques
By Miki Fairley
The groundbreaking targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) surgical technique developed by Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD, at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), Illinois, requires pioneering occupational therapy treatment to enable these amputees to...
A Time for Reflection
By Ronald A. Roiz
Sometimes, the best cure for a case of the jitters is finding out that you made a difference in someone's life-and allowing yourself to take credit for it. How do we measure life's successes? The answer to this fairly personal question may be root...
World Champ Does It Again Only Jump Breaks Back, Wins Event Kevin Green needed just one attempt to win his second consecutive jet-ski ramp jump title at the IJSBA World Finals. Kevin Green, a bilateral amputeefrom Lebanon, Tennessee, claimed...
Sacrifice Center Set for Dedication
The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Sacrifice Center dedication inJacksonville, Florida, November 6, was designed and built to tellthe stories of sacrifice and triumph of this generation's woundedwarriors, according to WWP. "Now... a place exists to...
Mind over Matter
By Sherry Metzger
Ashley Bucy uses the power of positive thought to beat the odds. In 2002, a single mother of two young daughters arrived at an emergency room seeking treatment for what she thought was strep throat. Her illness was shrugged off as the common cold,...
Face to Face
Five Questions for Greg Davidson, CPO
Greg Davidson, CPO, has plenty to keep him activein the beautiful northwestern town of Puyallup, Washington, when heis not busy working at Preferred O&P Services in Federal Way.Along with his wife, Cathy, and ten-year-old son, Connor, Davidsonenjo...
Ignorance is Bliss
By Sgt. James (Jim) O. Young Jr., USAF (Ret.), LP, CP, FAAOP
It was another day at the office with me seeing patients in themorning, giving a speech at noon at the Department of Labor, seeingfolks in Albany, Georgia, in the afternoon, and finally gettingback home to Macon in the late evening. The Invitation...
Progress on Parity
Portrait of an Activist: Laura Willingham
By Morgan Sheets
When she is not busy taking care of two young daughters or working as the ACA's new National Peer Network (NPN) consultant, Laura Willingham might be answering a call from one of the support group leaders or volunteers in Region L. Willingham is o...
Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Billing is complicated, and denials are difficult toidentify and time consuming to appeal. Don't let these issues slowdown your O&P shop. Turn to 'Got FAQs?' to help keep yourpractice on track.
Why We Do What We Do
By Karen Henry
Two weeks ago, I was contacted by a journalist in Vancouver, British Columbia, who was trying to help a 23-year-old Iraqi woman obtain a prosthesis in Baghdad. The woman, who has two young children, lost her arm six months ago in an accident, and...
The freedom of the new tube clamp
on the DuraShock, manufactured by Fillauer, provides SPS customers
with an excellent option to provide shock absorption and rotation
in a low-profile unit with a titanium core.
The new tube clamp connection means that no
cutting is required, eliminating the problem of cutting it too
short. Patient evaluations are now quick and easy.
Three stiffness options are available: 220 lb. (p/n DS001SC);
180 lb. (p/n DS002SC); and 145 lb. (p/n DS003SC).
The new Low Pro Summit Lock from
Coyote Design offers zero-clearance suspension for patients without
the space for other suspension methods.
The lock is mounted proximally, similar to the original Summit
Lock, so no room is required distally. There isnt even a need for a
The Low Pro Summit Lock is easier to don than
the original and easier to cover cosmetically. Its multiple-tooth
design walks itself into place allowing for touch-free engagement
ALPS silicone distal pads were designed to
increase patient comfort when used in combination with virtually
any type of liner. Users who experience volume changes will also
appreciate the ability of PadSilTM to
lift the limb back into position.
Made of soft, non-allergenic, medical-grade silicone, the
ALPS PadSil provides more cushioning, softness,
and durability for the active wearer. PadSils can
be used with practically every type of socket, even inside silicone
suction sockets and liners. Can be placed at the bottom of the
socket, or inside pin-locking liners.
PEL Supply Company
Did you know that Becker Oregon offers traditional
thermoplastic and metal and leather AFOs and KAFOs?
What to expect from Becker Oregon:
- Highly trained technicians.
- Highest standards of workmanship and unsurpassed service.
- Competitive pricing.
- Quick turnaround times.
- Guaranteed customer satisfaction.
Consider Becker Oregon for your next custom
Becker Oregon A Becker Orthopedic
Do you have BK amputee patients who want to use a
locking liner but are unable to fully bend over or use an arm?
Well, the new Frisco Lock Release will have
them detaching from the top. A quick pull and they're out!
Only one measurement is needed, and we can do the job.
If you have a swedging tool, a kit is available for use in your
own shop. Call Rehabilitation Technical Components at
Rehabilitation Technical Components
Practitioners can create custom AFOs with
OMEGA® Tracer® more easily than ever
before. The OMEGA Scanner provides detailed shape capture resulting
in more defined AFOs versus creating by measurement or the Tracer
OMEGA Tracer Version 10 contains new and
improved AFO modification tools. The system includes functionality
to customize AFOs. Practitioners using the OMEGA Scanner can choose
from three shape capture methods: scanning a patient, scanning a
two-part cast, or scanning a patients leg and negative foot
impression in an imprint box. The software merges two-part scanned
images seamlessly into one 3D image.
Ohio Willow Wood
SPS announced immediate availability of all
mastectomy bras and breast forms from American Breast
Care (ABC). ABC's
complete mastectomy bra line includes styles and sizes to meet the
discriminating tastes of women at every age and walk of life.
The complete line includes fashion options from the very popular
T-shirt collection to pretty seamless, molded cups with wide straps
for maximum comfort with no-show coverage.
ABC breast forms flow naturally with the curves
of the body and offer ultra-light options, which pass the "hug
Patients needing a very lightweight foot with
high-energy return, and prosthetists who want a foot that is easily
field-height adjustable, now have the ideal choice with the
DuraLite Foot by Ohio Willow Wood, available
The DuraLite Foot incorporates a urethane toe
pad, which enhances medial and lateral motion. The
DuraLite's split heel conforms to the floor and
provides stability on uneven terrain. The choice of pyramid adapter
or pyramid receiver is offered for a proximal adapter.
A unique feature is Stair Guard, which helps reduce the risk of
the shin adapter catching on a step when descending stairs.
From the simplest AFO to the most complex custom
KAFO design, Becker Oregon has evolved and expanded into a
full-service central fabrication facility. In addition to its
custom orthoses, Becker Oregon offers a selection of
prefabricated orthoses for your convenience.
Products available through Becker Oregon
- Noninvasive Pediatric HALO System
- PacificTM Adjustable Collar
- TalonTM, adjustable wrist-driven hand orthosis
- Hip Abduction Rotation Orthosis 2000TM (HARO)
- Maple LeafTM Orthosis
To inquire about our line of prefabricated products, please
contact us or view our catalog online.
Becker Oregon A Becker Orthopedic
SPS now has the 6.5mm KeasyTM Soft Comfort Liner and
3mm Interface Liners available and in stock at a
new, lower price.
The thermoformable cones have a closed-cell structure for
effective hygiene and easy cleaning. The mono-bloc design
eliminates the need for glue, thus eliminating hard spots and
potential allergic reactions.
Product numbers, dimensions:
- 1S400-160 6.5mm BK Soft Liner, 160mm dia., 400mm length
- 1S400-180 6.5mm BK Soft Liner, 180mm, 505mm length
- 1S400-210 6.5mm AK Soft Liner, 210mm, 500mm length
- 1S401-170 3mm Interface Liner, 170mm, 420mm length
Matrix MAX is Trulife's new
heavy-duty, carbon-fiber AFO designed with the orthotist and
prosthetist in mind.
It provides maximum rigidity for high-activity-level patients,
stance control for those with weak quadriceps muscles, and reduced
shearing for partial-foot amputations. With a modular anterior
shell that is height adjustable, heat moldable, and trimmable,
Matrix MAX can be custom fit for optimum comfort
Available in S, M, L, and XL.
Suggested L-Code: L-1932.
Ossur's new Mauch® Knee and
Mauch Knee Plus have a great new look with a tough
aluminum frame and mechanical extension stop, making them the most
durable and secure knees available. The new and enhanced features
improve durability and provide more security for amputees at any
Included in the enhanced Mauch Knee family:
- Increased durability, engineered to endure the toughest
- Durability of the cylinder has been improved with the addition
of spherical bearings, protecting the cylinder from damaging
- Side play is minimized by specially designed bushings of all
moving parts in the knee.
The latest in vacuum suspension technology is
LimbLogicTM VS, and it is available
through Knit-Rite. This is the first remote-controlled vacuum
suspension system on the market.
The four-hole controller is mounted inline on the prosthesis
allowing for complete integration without the annoyances of tubes
into the socket or the unit catching on clothing.
Each LimbLogic VS kit includes a four-hole
controller, fob, battery charger, patient accessories kit, a
fabrication kit, and a distal adapter with forming plate. Bilateral
and diagnostic kits are also available.
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 does not require
full 180-degree knee extension to resist knee flexion in stance
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 now have the added security and stability required.
The FullStrideTM is
the stance control option you've been waiting for. Delivering
maximum control of varus/valgus instability and knee
hyperextension, the FullStride automatically locks
and unlocks during the gait cycle, providing natural movement with
superior stability and comprehensive knee joint control.
Easily converted into an automatic spring-lever lock knee joint,
the FullStride is also interchangeable with other
joints in the Becker Stride stance control family.
Easy to fabricate and easy to fit, you can pair the
FullStride with any ankle joint on the market. Its
the logical next step in orthotic stance control knee joints.
Originating from our custom silk liners, Evolution
Liners now offers standard sizes in both locking and cushion
Features of the Origin liners include:
- A silky surface that allows the liner to slide on itself.
- No coatings that crack, peel, or wear off.
- Compatible with all high-vacuum sockets.
- Easy to don and doff.
- No covers to tear or run.
- Medical-grade silicone.
Otto Bock's high-quality structural components now
come with a longer three-year limited warranty. We
are so confident in the durability and reliability of these
components that we stand behind them with superb
You've come to appreciate the flexibility and reliability of
Otto Bock's modular components. Now you can fit your patients with
the most thoroughly tested structural components in the industry
with the confidence that these components are supported by a longer
(Three-year limited warranty valid in the
United States only.)
Otto Bock HealthCare
OPTEC proudly presents its new CROW
Walker services, offering a 72-hour standard turnaround
with next-day and second-day fabrication also available. OPTECs
CROW Walker is the gold standard in total-contact
OPTEC understands the specifications required to fabricate the
very best orthosis. Features of the CROW Walker
include crepe-sole walking surface, volara foam lining throughout
the entire interior, and bivalve construction.
Our CROW Walker provides superior stabilization
and support that your patients need with the ultimate comfort they
Cascade Orthopedic Supply now offers all
Ossur Orthopaedic company products, including:
- The Equalizer Walker series.
- TechformTM casting tape.
- AirformTM Stirrup Ankle brace.
- FormFit® products from Royce Medical.
- Generation IIs Unloader® 1 and Unloader Spirit.
- Miami J® Collars from Jerome.
- TheraCool Cold Therapy products.
- CTi® braces from Innovation Sports.
Cascade Orthopedic Supply
The SmartKnit Walking Boot
Interface offers unique protection and comfort.
- Antimicrobial: X-Static® silver fibers are knit
throughout body of sock.
- Moisture management: The X-Static fiber further
provides exceptional levels of moisture wicking from the
- Form-fitting: The yarns are "core-spun" around
Lycra® spandex, providing the ability to conform to the
anatomy and help reduce risks from wrinkles.
- Seam free: Each patented SmartKnit Walking
Boot Interface sock is made the same way that a
caterpillar spins its cocoonstarting at the toe and circling to the
The new SmartKnit Hallus Soccus,
or "Big Toe Sock," features a separated great toe
to accommodate AFO toe straps, etc. This sock provides the same
maximum protection from wrinkle and seam pressure as our other
SmartKnit products and is manufactured using completely seamless
knitting and form-fitting "core-spun" yarn technologies.
Made with white, antimicrobial-treated CoolMax® fiber for
high-perspiration wicking and the softest, driest, and healthiest
skin environment possible. The high-stretch "heelless" design
accommodates varying foot length to leg circumference patient
- Immediate cash: Plan your future.
- We solve business issues, allowing you to focus on your
- We are not a broker, buyout fund, or corporate CPA.
- We are well-funded, experienced, and focused on creating a
great patient care company.
- Free practice evaluation.
- If you are interested in finding a partner to run the business
side of your practice, contact us. All discussions are
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.
The ES Dynamic Foot from ST&G
brings high-tech performance to a lower cost foot. The combination
and design of a composite foot-plate material embedded into the
foot foam provides optimum flexibility and toe response. The
ES Foot also integrates a titanium pyramid for
ease of attachment.
The design allows for soft heel cushion, smooth rollovers, and
good toe response. The soft foam provides cushion at the heel, but
durable outer-sole material protects the foam from fatigue and
tearing. Weight limit is 220 lb. This product has a one-year