State of the Art - October 2009

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State-of-the-Art: Upper-Limb Prosthetics Technology
By Miki Fairley


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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Online Exclusive

Motion Control Introduces Utah Hybrid Arm


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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Feature

Upper Limb: Kudos and Caveats
By Miki Fairley


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 first mult...

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Feature

Alignment Systems Step Forward
By Karen Henry


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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Feature

Better Business Series: OrthoCare Innovations Is Changing the Game
By Morgan Stanfield


Orthocare Innovations: Changing the Game

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Today's Consumer

Jim Landrum: Doing Things Differently
By Julie Schumann


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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Innovations

PLX-PAD: Stem Cell Treatment May Save Limbs
By Morgan Stanfield


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, and...

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Industry Leader

Mary Novotny: Contributor to Humanity
By Morgan Stanfield


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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Sports

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


"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 an inj...

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Education Outlook

On the Road
By Michael Carroll


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 weeks—100-...

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Face to Face

Blake Barlow, CP, LPO, FAAOP


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 age o...

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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. "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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Progress on Parity

ACA Calls on Supporters to Fight
By Morgan Sheets


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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Viewpoint

If a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words…
By Karen Henry


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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