Difficult to Fit: The Great Prosthetic Challenge - February 2010

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The Great Prosthetic Challenge: Difficult to Fit Cases
By Morgan Stanfield


Case Study 1: Walking After 40 Years in a Wheelchair The combination of bilateral trans­femoral amputations, short residual limbs, and a decade or more without ambulation previously might have meant that a patient's remaining lifetime would be sp...

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Feature

Dynamic Brace Beats Post-Polio Boomerang
By Miki Fairley


When a 72-year-old retired physician with post-polio syndrome (PPS) presented at Prosthetic Orthotic Associates (POA) in 2008, he was unable to ambulate and used a scooter for mobility. He suffered from left knee pain, medial and lateral knee inst...

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Feature

R&D Ethics: The Case of the $20 Knee
By Morgan Stanfield


From left: Stanford's JaipurKnee and LeTourneau University's LEGS M1 Knee: How similar are they? Photograph courtesy of LeTourneau University. Two university teams working to provide highly functional knee joints to the world's poorest amputees ha...

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Stepping Out

Tackling Tarsal Tunnel
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS) was first recognized in the early 1960s and described as "pain in the proximal medial arch and paresthesia along the lateral and medial plantar nerves." Paresthesia is the pins-and-needles prickling sensation that occu...

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Extraordinary O&P

Soldier On: How a Landmine Gave Jody Mitic a New Life
By Morgan Stanfield


Mitic rests briefly on the battlefield, just days before losing both legs to a landmine. Master Cpl. Jody Mitic's future came to him in a farmer's field, on an earthen embankment beside a narrow path in the heart of Afghanistan's Arghandab Valley.

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Sports

Ski Spectacular Brings Speed to the Slopes


Youth racer Alex Tomaszewski attacks the slalom course at DS/USA's National Race Festival Photograph courtesy of Reed Hoffman. At Colorado's Breckenridge Ski Resort, it's not surprising to encounter speed. Some of the top snowsports athletes in th...

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Perspective

Save the Environment, Save an Amputee
By Joe Sansone


"Go green, watch your carbon footprint, save the planet, and recycle"—I just can't take it anymore. I secretly wonder how many of those who spend their time and effort recycling like crazy find their business slowly slipping below the surfac...

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Education Outlook

Fall into Spring
By Michael Carroll


It's the most wonderful time of the year—especially if you are a student. As of this writing, O&P clinicians are rushing to get deliveries out before the end of the year, and now that they've met their annual deductibles, O&P consumers are c...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Bryan Reich, RTPO


Bryan Reich is a man who is hungry for knowledge. An amateur astronomer who says he "finds the challenge of pinpointing deep-sky objects relaxing and intriguing," Reich finds his greatest professional satisfaction in mastering materials and techni...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


When you need help with your toughest billing questions, count on ‘Got FAQs?' to provide you with the information you need to help keep your billing on track. This month's column tackles your questions about reimbursement for Ossur's Proprio...

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Viewpoint

Developing Partnerships
By Tonja Randolph


Over the course of your O&P career, you have no doubt developed a number of partnerships with vendors, doctors and referral sources, physiatrists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists—all of those individuals who comprise the "O&...

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