State of the Art - October 2009

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State-of-the-Art: Upper-Limb Prosthetics Technology

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Chris Lake While prosthetists and patients eagerly await the results of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009 (RP2009) initiatives, science fiction is meeting science fact right now in today's clin...

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Motion Control Introduces Utah Hybrid Arm

Online Exclusive

Motion Control Inc. has added the new and exciting Utah Hybrid Arm to our product line, and it is now available. Lighter than a Utah Arm, it incorporates all of the hand control and lock/unlock features of the U3 arm.

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Upper Limb: Kudos and Caveats

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John Billock As major breakthroughs in upper-limb prosthetic technology continue to roll out in today's clinical practice, two specialists in upper-limb prosthetics describe what has most impressed them—and what challenges remain. "The firs...

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Alignment Systems Step Forward

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Jay Martin, CP, uses the Compas system to calibrate Jim Bob Bizzell's alignment. Photograph courtesy of Orthocare Innovations. Any prosthetist will tell you that a successfully fitted prosthesis depends, in part, on achieving the proper alignment.

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Better Business Series: OrthoCare Innovations Is Changing the Game

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Orthocare Innovations: Changing the Game

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Jim Landrum: Doing Things Differently

Today's Consumer

If Jim Landrum had any doubt he'd be returning to the water sports he loves after losing his left hand and forearm due to a 2007 fireworks accident, his buddies quickly dispelled it. "They told me I could either get in my car and drive over there,...

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PLX-PAD: Stem Cell Treatment May Save Limbs

Innovations

The use of stem cells is one of the most promising, yet ethically controversial issues in modern medicine. The primordial cells with the potential to become any tissue in the body—including the almost impossible to regenerate nerve, vascular...

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Mary Novotny: Contributor to Humanity

Industry Leader

Mary Novotny, RN, MS, is a visionary. For the past 35 years, the founder and former president of the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) has been changing the landscape of prosthetic care by serving as a tireless leader, advocate, and activist. Nov...

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Challenged Athletes Foundation: Changing the World, One Athlete at a Time

Sports

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." —Margaret Mead In 1994, a small group of thoughtful, committed triathletes came together to raise money for...

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On the Road

Education Outlook

Just because school is out doesn't mean the learning stops. After an information-filled summer semester, it was time for the summer clinical rotations. During our clinical rotations, we followed a practitioner around full-time for a few weeks̵...

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Blake Barlow, CP, LPO, FAAOP

Face to Face

Blake Barlow says he's a believer in "prenatal destiny—the providence that drives my passion for O&P." Born with proximal focal femoral deficiency (PFFD) in 1960, his path toward an accomplished career in prosthetics was set early on. At the...

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Billing and Collections Q&A

Got FAQs?

Denials are difficult to identify and time consuming to appeal. "Got FAQs?" is here to help answer your most pressing billing questions. This month's column addresses your questions about consignment closets, billing for CROW boots, modifiers to u...

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ACA Calls on Supporters to Fight

Progress on Parity

Rick Castro's daughter was born missing part of her arm below the elbow. He worries about how he will cover the cost of the prosthetic devices she will need as she grows. David Ross lost part of his right hand and his right leg above the knee afte...

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If a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words…

Viewpoint

What is a video worth? That's what we'd like to find out, but we need your help to do it. The O&P EDGE , in coordination with oandp.com, is launching video streaming capability on The O&P EDGE website and throughout oandp.com .

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Connecting Machines to the Body


'Bionanoelectronic' technology may help prosthetic devices talk to the body on a molecular level. Neuroprosthetic devices of all kinds, from myoelectric prostheses to cochlear implants, depend on biological interfaces to function. Unfortunately, t...

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