Post-Stroke Recovery - September 2009

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Post-Stroke Recovery: Helping the Brain Fight Back
By Miki Fairley


Types of Stroke There are two main types of stroke. Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel clogs from within and impedes flow to the brain. About 85 percent of all strokes are ischemic.

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Ohio Willow Wood Expands LimbLogic VS Applications
By Ohio Willow Wood


Ohio Willow Wood has expanded the applications of its elevated vacuum suspension system, LimbLogic™ VS. Prosthetists may advise patients that waterproof vacuum suspension is now a reality with LimbLogic VS. Additionally, prosthetists preferring th...

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Perspective on Post-Stroke Management
By <em>The O&P EDGE</em>


In a follow up to our coverage of post-stroke orthotic management, Roy Bowers, prosthetist/orthotist and senior lecturer at the National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics (NCPO), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, talks with The O&P...

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Feature

Walk This Way: Paths to Lower-Limb Recovery for Stroke Patients
By Judith Philipps Otto


"Gait training [for post-stroke recovery] usually requires at least one physical therapist, if not two, to help a patient move his or her leg in the proper manner while on a treadmill. Gait centers tell us that they are unable to bill enough to ma...

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Unlocking the Hand: The Changing Technology of Upper-Limb Orthotic Management for Stroke Patients
By Morgan Stanfield


NESS H200. Photograph courtesy of Bioness . The human hand, with its intricate complex of functions and sensitivity, serves as a kind of key to the human world.

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Today's Consumer

Chesapeake Wood: ‘Full of Smiles’
By Jane Albritton


Imagine the heft in your hand of a Harry Potter hardback, a small bag of sugar, or -for those of more extravagant tastes-a silken pouch holding 21 troy ounces of gold coins. Each of these comes in at less than a pound and a half. Got it?

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Stepping Out

Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Role of the Orthotist-Pedorthist
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Patients with rheumatoid arthritis often benefit from semi-rigid functional orthotics. It is quite unorthodox to begin a discussion with a conclusion, but I did not want this important insight to be lost in the body of the article. Now that we hav...

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Shop Talk

Hold-fast Jig
By Tony Wickman, RTPO


Whether I like working on a certain task or not is directly related to how cool the tools are. If I have to paint a room with a paintbrush, I dread it and procrastinate as much as possible, but if a friend said he'd loan me a paint sprayer, the ta...

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Sports

2009 Extremity Games Draw Elites, Warriors, Beginners, and Fans


Jim Comer demonstrates vertical moves. Photographs courtesy of Extremity Games . The contest that put the "extremities" into extreme sports rocked across Michigan again this year on July 9-11.

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Residency Report

Resolution of a Residency
By Sara Pschigoda


The end of my orthotics residency is upon me, and I have found myself too busy tying up all of the loose ends to stop and let the reality of what happens from here hit me. These last few weeks have been filled with final fittings and follow-up app...

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Face to Face

Five Questions for Bobbi Van Riper, CFm, RFM


Bobbi Van Riper, CFm, RFM, became involved in O&P after leaving behind a high-powered sales career with companies including Compugraphics, Xerox, Johnson & Johnson, the Colorado Rockies Hockey Club, Scitex, and IBM. While serving at Compugraphics,...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Running an O&P practice is complicated. When you receive a denial and don't understand why, count on 'Got FAQs?' to help you find the information you need. This month's column tackles your questions about Arizona-type AFOs, surety bonds, time limi...

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Progress on Parity

ACA, AOPA, Hanger Partner for True Healthcare Reform
By Morgan Sheets


The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA), the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA), and Hanger Orthopedic Group, Bethesda, Maryland, have partnered to ensure that national healthcare reforms meet the needs of amputees. We are working to...

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Viewpoint

Why I Love Readers of The O&P EDGE
By Karen Henry


The O&P EDGE recently sent a readership survey to a sampling of readers in the O&P community. The response rate was incredible, and I want to thank everyone who took the time to respond and provide us with feedback. While we were excited to see al...

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