Improving Outcomes for Specialized Populations - August 2009

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Walk On: Prosthetic Success for Geriatric Patients
By Judith Philipps Otto


Successful, goal-oriented amputee rehabilitation is seldom based on a simple formula. Regardless of age, each patient presents unique and often complex challenges—many of which are further complicated in the case of an older adult. For older men a...

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Feature

Osteoporosis: Orthoses Match Wits with the ‘Silent Thief’
By Miki Fairley


"Persons with osteoporosis ...will expire prematurely if they cannot be managed for pain and lack of mobility. Currently there are few medical or surgical options for these people that will get them back on their feet. In my estimate, the populati...

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Feature

Bra Ladies? Not on Your Life!
By Rhonda F. Turner, PhD, JD, BOCPO


Breast-prosthesis scanner technology. Photographs courtesy of the American Association of Breast CareProfessionals (AABCP) . One in eight.

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Perspective

Lymphedema: What You Need to Know
By Patti Graybeal, CFom, CMF, COF


I am a Tennessee-licensed orthotist and have been fitting compression garments and mastectomy products, as well as bracing, for nearly 20 years. I have a deep concern for patients suffering from lymphedema and hope to educate the public and the me...

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Innovations

Go Almost Anywhere: Wheelchairs Enable Users to Navigate a Variety of Terrains
By Miki Fairley


Wheelchairs can open the door to mobility and independence—quite the opposite of what is implied in such common expressions as "confined to a wheelchair" or "wheelchair-bound." Even prosthesis users sometimes prefer to use a wheelchair part time w...

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Sports

Endeavor Games Bring Together Elites and Beginners


Young athletes await competition at the 2009 Endeavor Games. Photograph courtesy of UCO PhotographicServices . The Endeavor Games came back to the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), Edmond, from June 11-14 for another record-breaking year.

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Education Outlook

Junior-Plus
By Michael Carroll


During the final weeks of our spring semester, I had the opportunity to attend the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) Policy Forum in Washington DC. The meeting was extremely informative and provided me with an excellent opportunity...

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Face to Face

Jason Evans, RTP


Many O&P professionals have grown to love their careers, but Jason Evans, RTP, is unusual in that he entered the profession for love. In 1989, Evans was an artistic, detail-oriented high-school graduate working in an auto-body repair shop when he...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify and time consuming to appeal. When you have a question, turn to 'Got FAQs?' to help get your billing back on track. This month's column takes on your questions regarding billing for therapeutic shoes and inserts,...

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Progress on Parity

Ensuring that Amputees Are Not Left Behind
By Morgan Sheets


Congress is committed to enacting legislation to reform the U.S. healthcare system this year. To ensure that the needs of amputees are being heard, the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) launched a legislative initiative around healthcare reform.

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Viewpoint

Numbers Support the Need, Individuals Support the Growth


The numbers say a lot. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 39 million people aged 65 and older living in the United States.

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