Armed for the Future: DARPA’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics Project Nears Completion
Harshbarger In an exclusive interview with The O&P EDGE, Stuart Harshbarger discusses how the end game is shaping up for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009 Program. As this issue of The O&P EDGE goes t...
SPS Achieves Major Goals in 2009
Fulfilling its mission to provide the best and broadest selection of O&P products available, SPS ends 2009 having achieved some major goals. During this calendar year, SPS has expanded its total warehouse space by 27,000 square feet, initiated...
PECOS Policy Could Bring January Denials
O&P businesses are receiving warnings from CMS due to a major Medicare policy change that could bring denials based upon the prescriber's Medicare status. PECOS Overview According to Peter Ashkenaz, a spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare and...
Breaking Barriers with Adaptive Snowsports
That first day on the mountain, it awoke me again. I had been in a pretty depressed state, but just going down the bunny hill was so exhilarating that I didn't know what to do with myself. -Staff Sgt.
Sgt. Brandon Deaton: Operation Proper Exit
Most of the soldiers posted at Fort Drum, New York, are prepared for two certainties in their military careers: heavy New York snow and a steady deployment cycle. A year abroad followed by a year at home has been the "drum beat" for the four briga...
The San Diego Triathlon Challenge: Growing Without Bounds
In the 16 years since its inception, the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC) has evolved from a single race held for one athlete's benefit to a multi-event, four-day festival that contributes to the lives of h...
Where Did All the Time Go?
"So much time, and so little to do! Strike that—reverse it."—Roald Dahl When I first began the St. Petersburg College (SPC) O&P program, I seemed to have a lot of free time to get to know my new classmates and get ahead on my assi...
Face to Face: Randy Roberson, CP, LP, CPed, LPed
Face to Face
Randy Roberson admits that over the course of his life's journey, he has walked both the low road and the high road to get to where he currently stands. The one thing that's sure, he says, is that now, "my story is simple: once, I was lost but now...
Denials are difficult to identify and time-consuming to appeal. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help get your claims back on track. This month's column tackles your questions about Medicare denials due to invalid place of service, time limits for filing c...
End of Year Parity Update
Progress on Parity
The ACA and its partners continue to make progress on the state and national levels. With the ongoing focus on healthcare reform in Congress, the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) and our partners are working to ensure that prosthetic and orthoti...
Videos, Bloggers, PECOS, and Other Big Changes
This has been a year of major changes for both the O&P profession and The O&P EDGE . In my April 2009 Viewpoint, I announced a major redesign of the oandp.com website. We made a lot of great technological upgrades, improved the navigation, and beg...
Relief and support with style to spare are provided in the new Summit LSO available from SPS. Aspen Medical's Summit LSO limits motion and provides effective compression for the relief of low-back pain. Utilizing innovative materials and an ergonomic design, the Summit LSO contours comfortably to the vast majority of patient anatomies without compromising support.
- 4:1 mechanical advantage.
- Conforming back panel provides custom-silhouette feel while administering direct pain relief to the lower back.
- Ergonomic, comfortable fit toaccommodate diverse anatomies and diagnoses.
- Independent upper-zone and lower-zone tightening with SlickTrack™ tightening system.
- Fits circumferences from 26-60 in.
Based on the design of a traditional high-quality Becker knee joint, the GX-Knee comes equipped with a pneumatic spring on the lateral joint to assist with knee extension during the swing phase of gait. A medial knee joint is also included to help control knee alignment.
Every day clinicians are challenged to help patients regain functionality with prosthetic and orthotic
solutions. A critical key to success starts with securing patient shapes and then crafting personalized
The OMEGA Tracer system, with the hand-held OMEGA Scanner, equips clinicians with a versatile system for shape capture, shape modification, and fabrication. This system may be used for lower and upper-extremity prosthetics including sockets, custom liners, and custom breast prostheses. Orthotic solutions with OMEGA Tracer include insoles, cranials, AFOs, and spinals.
OMEGA Tracer is the leader in providing CAD/CAM solutions for the O&P industry.
Ohio Willow Wood
SPS offers the full complement of Hely & Weber products through SPS customer service or online via SPS' eStore.
With more than 70 years of combined experience in the orthopedic and sports-medicine industry, Hely & Weber products have established a strong reputation for quality and value-oriented products.
Initiating with the very popular TITAN™ orthoses for the wrist or thumb (450 and 455 respectively), Shoulder Immobilizer (501), Shields® Brace for patella stabilization, Universal Matt Strap (3709), Three Panel Knee Immobilizer, and WEBLY® Ankle Orthosis, SPS has the Hely & Weber brace you need for your upper- and lower-extremity patients.
New Wedges, More Options, Same High Performance
The Axtion 1E56 is a lightweight, high-performance foot for active amputees. The foot's low structural height makes it a solution for patients with low clearance. New heel wedges make it easy to change heel stiffness, even without your tool bag. Plus, you can offer your patients multiple options with just one foot order.
To get your patients into Axtion, call 800.328.4058 or visit www.ottobockus.com
Otto Bock HealthCare
The UltraQuick Release™ is a universal component used for quick and easy conversion from a KAFO to a KO or AFO and back; or from an EWHO to an EO or WHO and back.
Address the changing physiology of post-stroke patients with the Ultraflex Adjustable Dynamic Response (ADR) KAFO/AFO with the UltraQuick Release.
Use the UltraQuick Release for multiple treatments goals like increasing muscle length and strength and providing functional assist during ambulation, by connecting an Ultraflex therapeutic/stretching KO to an Ultraflex Adjustable Dynamic Response (ADR) AFO.
The GeriMac knee is a new single-axis knee from Fillauer that incorporates a novel, automatic mechanical lock to provide maximum stability during the stance phase of gait. This new knee is perfect for geriatric needs and requires very little maintenance.
Features of the GeriMac knee include:
- Automatic knee locks at full extension.
- Rated for up to 175 lb.
- Adjustable stance flexion.
- Low-profile proximal adapter.
- Free-swing design.
- Friction swing-control adjustment.
PEL Supply Company
This is your chance to experience all the benefits of unequaled function without sacrificing anything.
SPS customers may choose to receive one ALPS EZ Flex Liner from sizes EZF24 (24-25cm), EZF26 (26-27cm), or EZF28 (28-31cm) in either 3mm or 6mm profiles as a free sample. One sample per practitioner is available through December 15, 2009.
- Unified flexible front has unique fabric that provides unlimited stretch over the patella for greater elasticity, while reducing pressure on the knee.
- Eighty percent less vertical stretch posteriorly as compared to other ALPS gel liners, virtually eliminating pistoning while minimizing bunching behind the knee during flexion.
Otto Bock's new 6Y93 Balance Copolymer Liner was designed for low- to moderate-activity-level transtibial amputees. The user-friendly, heat-moldable copolymer (TPE) material offers great protection against socket forces for both cushion and locking liners, while encapsulated medical-grade mineral oil keeps skin supple and moisturized. Its unique shape is designed with balance in mind too, with differing wall thicknesses to provide 6mm of cushioning and reduced shear forces where your patients need it, and 3mm of anti-bunching flexibility where they don't.
Find out more about how you can get your patients in Balance today.
Otto Bock HealthCare
Mechanical advantage with no strings attached!
The innovative NINJA is a 6X mechanical-advantage orthosis that is like a string brace, but it uses straps instead of strings. The straps are more durable; they won't fray, tear, tangle, or wedge.
The NINJA belt is the foundation of each brace (L-0627, L-0631, and L-0637) in the NINJA Progressive Spinal System. It has a soft mesh inside and an aggressive loop outside. The single pull strap is easy to tighten and fasten. The NINJA LSO is pictured.
HOPE Orthopedic: When you need it right fast!
New: EWHO Rotation Design Eases Fitting of Neurological Patients with Forearm-Rotation Patterns
The EWHO rotation design facilitates slow, gentle movement of the forearm toward supination or pronation and simultaneous extension or flexion of the elbow during the patient fitting. After applying the proximal elbow section and the distal forearm section, the forearm section can be gently rotated and fixed into the desired position.
Ultraflex therapeutic-stretching bracing provides precise dynamic stimulus and proper posturing to maintain/increase muscle length for improved grasp, pinch, and release functions. It is ideal for challenging neurological conditions such as CP, post-stroke, and TBI.
The FullStride™ Shadow from Becker Oregon is a lightweight KAFO that combines structural strength and cosmetic appeal with the FullStride mechanical stance-control orthotic knee joint.
The inherent rigidity of the FullStride Shadow ensures that optimal joint alignment and function is maintained throughout the gaitcycle. Constructed of lightweight and rigid composite materials, the FullStride Shadow's sleek and open design offers patients an unparalleled blend of form and function.
When an insole just isn't enough, the ToeOFF® T-Strap pulls the talocrual and subtalar joints laterally to reposition them under the tibia.
ToeOFF T-Strap features include:
- Quick, easy application. Distal end attaches to the ToeOFF footplate, and the proximal "T" wraps around the ankle and attaches to a lateral strut.
- Easily customizes to patient's medial malleolus height.
- Easy to position over the malleolus.
- Plastazote® core can be heated to improve shape and fit.
- Durable, breathable outer. Polyester padding comforts the skin.
Wound care centers trust Geritrex's tincture of benzoin product line because it provides effective skin protection. Available as a liquid (Benzoin Compound Tincture U.S.P.), topical spray (Sprayzoin™) and unit dose pouch (Benz-Protect™), these antiseptic formulas help toughen skin and increase adhesion of bandages, without irritation. Surgeons, orthopedists, orthotists, and prosthetists use Geritrex's benzoin product line and say that it helps shield skin during the healing process.
You may purchase Benzoin Compound Tincture U.S.P., Sprayzoin, and Benz-Protect through wholesalers, specialty distributors, or direct. Call today to order your free product sample!
With one of the largest and most extensive selections of diabetic and orthopedic footwear, stepping in style has never been so easy!
Our footwear stock includes BoxerDogs, Mt. Emey, and Answer2. We also offer Medicare-approved custom diabetic inserts, as well as toe fillers, prefabricated diabetic inserts, and other products pertaining to diabetic-foot management.
We guarantee value pricing, huge product selection, and a commitment to excellent service you have to experience. Our 2009 catalog is available.
Apis Footwear Co.
Dycor's new K2 (assisted ADL) Dynamic Response (DR) feet are 30 percent more flexible than the K3 (unassisted ADL) DR version. Titanium pyramids are now standard (aluminum alloy option is available on the K2 version). Similar to energy-returning designs, Dycor's DR feet are lightweight and resilient because they rely on deflection of the varying-thickness leaf springs imbedded in the upper keel member rather than compression of rubber bumpers. Similar to other DR designs, Dycor's DR feet are ground compliant because they incorporate uni-, bi-, or triaxial ankle articulation.
The TSS Vaculink Vacuum Pump from MICA Corp. was created for elevated vacuum socket management, enhanced suspension, and moisture control. The Vaculink is a mechanical pump mounted to a tibial component and driven by stance phase or combined foot and ankle flexion. The pump design is simple and effective, ensuring extended life, efficiency, and zero maintenance.
Features and benefits include:
- Zero battery dependence.
- Enhances blood circulation.
- Stabilizes limb volume and prevents fluctuation.
- Firmly secures socket to limb.
- Increases user awareness of limb/prosthesis position.
- Easily adjustable vacuum.
The Three Lock Box is a quick-disconnect device that can convert a KAFO to an AFO in one easy step. The box sits centered on the calf. The thickness of the box is 1cm. There are no bars left on the AFO when the KO section is removed. The Three Lock Box is self contained; there are no parts that can be lost.
The Three Lock Box (Item #3LB) is available through PEL Supply, KnitRite, and Cascade.
Three Lock Box Inc.