Tomorrow's O&P: A Survival Guide Part 1: Trends to Track
By Judith Philipps Otto
When The O&P EDGE asked a dozen of the industry's leading experts to share their visions of tomorrow's O&P environment, we expected to receive a considerable variety of cautions and concerns. Far from being scattershot, however, the responses we r...
Looking Ahead: The Future of O&P Manufacturing
By Brady Delander
Major manufacturers celebrate milestones by looking to the future. Over the last couple of years, O&P manufacturing companies have celebrated some major milestones. Last year, Otto Bock HealthCare, Minneapolis, Minnesota, celebrated the 50th anniv...
Jarem Frye: Audacious Invention
By Morgan Stanfield
Photograph courtesy of Morgan Hall When Jarem Frye pushes off the chair lift andglides down a black-diamond slope, you can tell he's good. Hisknees bend rhythmically under a powerful set of quads in theunmistakable two-step of an expert telemark...
We Have Met the Enemy, and It Is Us!
By Jim Fenton, CPO, LPO
The December issue of The O&P EDGE contained a poll asking readers, "Do you think the minimum education requirement for those entering the O&P profession as orthotists and prosthetists should be a master's degree?" When I provided my own res...
The Future of O&P: A Practitioner's Perspective
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed
"You can't learn in school what the world is goingto do next year." With this clear and prescient statement, HenryFord summed up the challenges that we face in a world of constantchange. Driven by computer technology, the pace of change has only...
Blood, Sweat, and Fears
By Sara Pschigoda
I knew a residency would take time, energy, and discipline, but I didn't realize what else I would have to ante up to be part of the O&P club. As my rotation in the fabrication lab at the University of Michigan Orthotics & Prosthetics Center (UMOP...
Face to Face
Five Questions for Jane Wolking, CP
Jane Wolking, CP, is the facility director at Actra Orthotics and Prosthetics, Madison, Wisconsin, a family-founded business with ten offices in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Though highly skilled with high-tech limbs and orthotics, Wolking puts equ...
Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Dealing with denials is time-consumingand complicated. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help keep your claims ontrack. This month's column tackles your questions about repaircodes, electronic funds transfer, authorization codes, andmore.
Progress on Parity
ACA Calls on Congress to Eliminate Medicare Wait
By Morgan Sheets
The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) recently joined a coalition of more than 65 health advocacy organizations to urge the next Congress to end the 24-month wait for Medicare coverage faced by people with disabilities. When the Medicare program...
Give It to Me Straight
By Karen Henry
O&P professionals aren't afraid to tell you exactly what's on their mind. For The O&P EDGE, this was especially true once people received their December 2008 issue, which focused on O&P education programs and the National Commission on Ortho...
EDGE Direct Sponsored Story
Evolution Liners, Velocity Labs Merge
Orlando, Florida-based Evolution Liners and Velocity Labsannounced that the two companies have merged. The merger waseffective January 1. The new company will be called Evolution Industries and willoperate out of expanded premises at the former Ev...
What Does the CMS Surety Bond Requirement Mean for O&P?
There has been considerable discussion on the OANDP-L listservregarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)final rule requiring "certain suppliers of durable medicalequipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies" to post a $50,000s...
The industry's only hydraulic swing and stance
polycentric knee, the KX06 is designed for the
active K3K4 amputee who requires the stability of a geometric
locking mechanism combined with hydraulic swing and stance
- Polycentric design frame provides greater toe clearance for a
more natural and safe gait.
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- Multiple proximal adapter choices provide flexibility in socket
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Distal pyramid, 320 lb. weight limit, and a three-year
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Ossur's new Flex-Foot®
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amputees, as it incorporates basic Flex-Foot
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The Assure, designed specifically for slower
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The Vista® TX, available
through SPS, encompasses all the features and benefits of the
already popular Vista Collar, but now provides a thoracic extension
of up to 2 in.
- Eliminate sizing: With its innovative height adjustment
technology, the Vista TX is really six collars in
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provides functional access for airway management and other
- Inventory management: By incorporating six sizes in one collar,
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Model 2009 is a non-protrusion
knee joint that combines the simplicity and security of a standard
drop lock with automatic locking. When joints reach full extension,
the rings are automatically engaged by springs that are internally
housed within the midsection. This feature gives the user the
convenience of automatic locking.
OMEGA® Tracer® provides
numerous prosthetic solutions for prosthetists.
- Custom Breast Prostheses: Images of front and back breast
contouring and shape are merged to create a completely customized
breast prosthesis. Prostheses are fabricated by ContourMed.
- Upper- and Lower-Extremity Sockets: Sockets may be created and
adjusted within the system using the captured 3-D limb shapes.
- Alpha DESIGN® Liners: For limbs that are uniquely shaped,
clinicians can make custom liners with up to 25mm of gel thickness
for maximum patient comfort.
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Ossur's Seal-In® X5 Liner,
is now available for transtibial or transfemoral amputees at all
SPS distribution centers.
Seal-In X5 Liners liberate lower-limb amputees
who prefer a suction liner from the restriction of a sleeve while
increasing freedom of movement and comfort, and simplifying
Features and benefits:
- Seal relieves pressure peaks by conforming better to the
- Increased surface contact with the socket wall ensures more
effective rotation control, minimizing socket rotation.
- Standard 3mm (TT and TF), Wave 3mm (TT), and Conical 3mm (TT
and TF) profiles available.
Pictured, from left: TT Seal-In X5 Wave; TF Standard Profile
KiddieGAITTM is an
engineered composite frame with anterior shell, lateral strut, and
an energy-reflecting footplate with open calcaneus, all designed to
allow customization of the frame into a ground-reaction AFO or a
partial-foot prosthesis. The energy-reflecting properties of this
system reduce the amount of energy required to lift and move the
The anterior shell design triggers enhanced "position in space"
proprioceptive response and assists in management of proximal
deficits by helping to overcome either knee hyperextension or
crouch gait. Functional environments can be created that supplement
gait function instead of immobilizing and inhibiting function.
TRS introduces the DRAGON TD. The
DRAGON is specifically designed for martial arts,
wrestling, sparring, grappling, contact sports, and floor exercise.
A soft, shock absorbing, flexible polymer construction allows the
DRAGON to excel in punching, chopping, and
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yet provide high traction for grappling techniques. The
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provide incredible punching power, yet cushion and protect the arm.
Proportioned similarly to a closed fist. 10.5 oz. TRS Stealth
Black. Standard mounting hardware.
Limited availability in 2009!
The Proximal Seal Interface (PSI)
Liner from Alps offers more freedom of movement by
allowing the sleeve to seal on the liner just proximal to the trim
lines of a transtibial socket, as opposed to sealing proximal to
the liner on the skin. Alps EasyGel's unparalleled combination of
softness, strength, and elasticity provides the comfort and
durability wearers expect.
PSI Liner features:
- Unlimited restriction of stretch on the proximal area where
there is no fabric.
- Posterior terry fabric wicks air.
- Works well with most elevated systems.
- Excellent redistribution of forces soothes skin.
PEL Supply Company
The Trulife Polycentric Pneumatic 5-Bar
Knee provides the transfemoral amputee with dynamic
features in a lightweight package. Designed for the moderately
active to active amputee, this knee offers significant advantages
to a transfemoral amputee--adjustable stance flexion, extension
control, and a built-in proximal pyramid. Designed to meet the
needs of amputees weighing up to 220 lb.
3P-SSK6-15, product weight: 950g. Call your friendly Knit-Rite
representative for more details and pricing.
Focused on quality and value, the new Alps
hinged knee braces offer greater support and
stability than elastic alone. Applicable for those who suffer from
mild medial or lateral instability of the knee as well as meniscus
- Adjustable thigh/calf straps for compression and
- 3.75mm-thick neoprene for durability and warmth.
- Single-axis hinges with extension stops at 15, 30, and 45
- Pull-on version has sewn-in, padded horseshoe buttress for
- Fits left or right leg in sizes x-small (1113 in.) to XXX-large
Pictured, from left: wrap-around with hinge; pull-on without
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- Semi-surgical opening, surgical opening, composite toe
- Thermozote lining, padded tongue, padded collar, leather
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Consistent with being the industry's innovation
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Embedded with X-Static® silver yarn, the Comfort Products
helps eliminate skin problems that are common to many liner
wearers, including dermatitis, rashes, and odor, all
without compromising suspension.
The Silver Liner Sheath is compatible with all
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Prosthetic practitioners are advised to consider the
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The Trulife Seattle Natural Stance Flexion
Knee provides the transfemoral amputee with effortless,
natural movement and control. Designed for the typical community
ambulator, this knee offers polycentric knee stability, friction
swing-phase control, knee-extension assist, adjustable stance
flexion, built-in proximal pyramid, and an attached distal tube
3P-SSK6-17, weight limit: 100kg (220 lb.), product weight: 783g.
Call your friendly Knit-Rite representative toll-free for more
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