Innovations - March 2008

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FES: The ‘Quiet Revolution'
By Miki Fairley


Photograph courtesy of Bioness Inc. FES devices may actually be assisting the brain to recover function through a phenomenon known as neuroplasticity. Today's applications of functional electrical stimulation (FES) are fairly recent developments.

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The Stance Control Orthosis: Has Its Time Finally Come?
By Judith Philipps Otto


Bilateral SCOKJ wearer with polio walks in the woods with his dog. Photograph courtesy of Horton's Orthotic Lab. For years, inventive minds have known whatwas needed: A free-swinging orthotic joint that allows the knee tobend and flex under the we...

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Feature

'Hanging Tight': Elevated Vacuum Suspension Systems Step Forward
By Miki Fairley


"It feels like I got my leg back!" This is how amputee Andy May described the first time he ran with a prosthesis incorporating the new LimbLogic™ VS prosthetic vacuum suspension system from Ohio Willow Wood, Mount Sterling, Ohio. Otto Bock's Har...

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Today's Consumer

Hannah Ganoe: Growing Up with WalkAide
By Brady Delander


Brady Delander As Hannah Ganoe plays basketball, she uses a bit too much muscle. Instead of dropping her shotssoftly through the hoop, she rears back and fires the foam ballright off the Dora the Explorer backboard, and the ball ends upsomewhere...

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Feature

The Desire to Achieve
By Zach Harvey, CPO


A little creative adaptation can go a long way toward helping recreational enthusiasts pursue their passions. The tattoo on this high-definition cosmetic cover adds the finishing touch to restore this patient's lost limb. Recreational activities a...

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Feature

Partnering for Patient Care: BridgePoint Medical
By Miki Fairley


BridgePoint offers O&P clinicians a new kind of partnership. You are an O&P clinician, and perhaps you're getting tired of spending so much time "paper pushing" and "bean counting." You wish you had more time to focus on your patients and referral...

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Perspective

Are We Doing Enough to Meet Future Needs?
By Keith Crownover, CPO


After serving for some time on the educational side ofthe O&P profession, I must ask myself whether myesteemed colleagues truly care. I mean, as a whole do we reallycare about the future of this profession? Not our independentfinancial futures and...

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Shop Talk

Laminations and Carbon Fiber
By Craig MacKenzie, CP, RTP(c)


Not all carbon fiber braid is created equal. There are two main suppliers for carbon braid and several different variations within each company. The two main differences in the variations are angle of weave and weight of material.

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Education Outlook

Working with People: The Good, the Bad, the Love
By Kristin Carnahan


One of the many reasons I chose to pursue a career in O&P was so I could work with people. "I just want to work more closely with people," I would say, or "I really want to help people directly." I'm not sure what exact image I had in my head a...

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Sports

Veterans Prepare to Make 'Miracles on Mountainside'
By Brady Delander


Sandy Trombetta used to bring disabled veterans of war to the ski slopes one at a time in the 1980s. As a recreation therapist at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center in western Colorado, Trombetta recognized the physical and ment...

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Face to Face

Five questions for Kevin Scribner, CO


Kevin Scribner, CO, is the director of orthotics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where he teaches in the residency programs for orthopedics, neurosurgery, neurology, rheumatology, and family practice. Born in Nashua, Ne...

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Progress on Parity

Virginia Pulls Out All the Stops
By Morgan Sheets


On January 24, amputees from across the state ofVirginia visited the capitol to meet with lawmakers to urge them tosupport Senate Bill 645. SB 645 would require that prosthetic carebe covered on par with other medical services. The lobby day waspa...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify and timeconsuming to appeal. Because we know you want to do it right thefirst time so your payments are not delayed, count on "Got FAQs?"to answer your most pressing Medicare and reimbursementquestions. Q: We have...

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Viewpoint

You Asked, We Listened
By Karen Henry


I don't know about you, but the first three months of any given year are hair on fire for all of us at The O&P EDGE. During the first quarter of the year, we generally have our largest concentration of trade shows and educational conferences. F...

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EDGE Direct Sponsored Story

Immediate Improvement for Foot Drop Patients


More than 700 orthotists and clinicians now offer a prescriptionthat can provide an immediate, substantial improvement in the gaitof patients with foot drop. Using sophisticated sensor technology,WalkAide® collects gait pattern data, analyzes, and...

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EDGE Direct

Technology in Practice
By Paul E. Prusakowski, CPO, FAAOP


Reviewing product information at a manufacturer's website with a patient while in the patient room. You probably already have computers in many areasof your practice, but have you ever considered putting them in yourpatient rooms? With the price o...

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