Pediatrics - April 2008

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Early Prosthetic Fit: Yes or No?

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Children with Unilateral Congenital Below-Elbow Deficiency "How the parents accept a limb deficiency and how well they cope with it has a great deal to do with how well the child does, either with or without a prosthesis." -Yoshio Setoguchi, MD...

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Better than Spinach: Young Minds and Muscles Benefit Equally with Activity

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Micael McHugh. Photograph courtesy of Adaptive Sports Foundation. Michael McHugh was afraid to fall and hurthimself.

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The Right Resources Make All the Difference

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Limb loss or limb difference can be difficult to cope with for children and parents alike-albeit for different reasons. According to Rebeca Guajardo, CP, of the Amputee and Prosthetic Center at TMC Orthopedic, Houston, Texas, parents are often con...

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Ankle-Foot Bracing for Young Athletes

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The Practitioner as a Team Player The key for bracing young athletes is to identifythe appropriate amount of support without over-bracing the patientand restricting movement. As a clinician, it is a great pleasure to have theopportunity to help...

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The Battle of Compliance: How to Keep Kids in Their Braces

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At least dental braces are securely attached. Orthotic braces are another story. Given the chance, many children would prefer to toss their orthosis-along with all the time and effort spent diagnosing the situation and fitting the brace-in the hal...

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Is Your O&P Practice the Best It Can Be?

Perspective

As the challenges of the 21 st century present themselves to the O&P profession, independent practices often face insurmountable struggles when balancing the rising costs of keeping their doors open and maintaining the same quali...

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SureStep Shrinks HEKO Brace for Young Patients

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Traditionally, the smallest patients with genu recurvatum-hyperextension of the knee--have been treated with a basic ankle-foot orthosis (AFO). For many years, that was the only treatment option for toddlers as young as a year old, simply because...

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Brianna Barner: Life's Twists Stun, Inspire Healthcare Family

Today's Consumer

Tiny Brianna Barner of Atlanta,Georgia, slowly crosses the finish line as her parents'eyes gleam with pride. Their joy is heightened as they remember thebattles fought as a family to reach this moment, including movingacross the country and disreg...

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Innovative Crutch Designs: More Gain, Much Less Pain

Innovations

Photographs courtesy of Thomas Fetterman. Although ambulating with crutches would probably not rank on anyone's A-list of favorite activities, it can solve the problem of mobility after injury. Crutches have a long history.

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The Winter of My New-Found Reality

Residency Report

By the time you read this I will have begun my spring thaw. I made it through my first Chicago winter relatively unmarred. Despite the wind tunnels and icy patches, it has been manageable navigating the different pathways on my way to work.

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Father, Son Begin 3,300-mile Freedom Run Across the United States

Sports

A father-and-son team has begun a 3,300-mile trek across the United States to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), Jacksonville, Florida, the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), San Diego, California, and the Sunshine Foundation...

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University of Pittsburgh Adds Orthotics and Prosthetics Master’s Program

Industry Review

The University of Pittsburgh School of Health andRehabilitation Sciences (SHRS), Pennsylvania, announcedthe addition of a new master's program to its curriculum. TheMaster of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Science, with aconcentration in pro...

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Hanger Education Fair Boasts Record Attendance

Industry Review

The 2008 Hanger Education Fair, held January 28 to February 2 in Reno, Nevada, was marked by record attendance and a major announcement as Ivan R. Sabel, CPO, chief executive officer and chairman of the board, used the occasion to announce that...

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Five Questions for Jean Williams Gonzalez, CPO

Face to Face

Jean Williams Gonzalez, CPO, decided in her 30s to make a career change. She took the first major step by quitting her job in the banking industry, knowing only that she wanted to "do something of service." Gonzalez soon started work as an atte...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?

Denials are difficult to identify and time consuming to appeal. With competitive bidding, mandatory accreditation, aging technology, and increased billing erros, running an O&P show gets more complicated each year. Q: I have a question rega...

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Connecticut Amputees Rally for Prosthetic Coverage

Progress on Parity

On February 7, almost 100 amputees flooded the capitol in Hartford, Connecticut, to lobby for the state's parity bill. The activists were pushing for legislation that would require insurance companies to cover prostheses in the same way or on par...

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'Big Things Come in Small Packages'

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This was my mother's mantra when I was growing up and expressing my frustration at always being smaller than other kids my age. Of course as a child, her words of encouragement didn't mean a lot to me, but as I read through the pages of this mo...

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Velocity Introduces Expulsion Valve

EDGE Direct Sponsored Story

The new Velocity Expulsion Valve works in combination withVelocity's standard mounting plate and is hidden in the distal endof the socket. The use of a dummy during lamination creates a voidin the distal end of the socket which accepts the Velocit...

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Squid Beaks for a Better Prosthetic Fit?

EDGE Direct

The razor-sharp beaks that giant squids use toattack whales--and maybe even Captain Nemo's submarine--might oneday lead to improved artificial limbs for people, according to anarticle by the Associated Press (AP). That deadly beak may be asurprise...

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