What’s Next? - April 2010

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What’s Next? DARPA’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics Projects Get a Grip on Reality
By Judith Philipps Otto


In December, The O&P EDGE gave you an exclusive look at what's next for the Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL)- one of two major upper-limb projects to come out of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Revolutionizing Prosthetics (RP) p...

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Feature

Evolutionary Touch: Articulated European Hands Could Restore Both Control and Sensation
By Morgan Stanfield


Robin af Ekenstam experiences a sense of touch in his phantom hand while using the sensor-packed SmartHand.

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Feature

TMR Surgery, Therapy, and Prosthetics: Synchronizing Success
By Miki Fairley


On October 2, 2008, Hank Esmond of Bluffton, Indiana, an electrical lineman for Bluffton Utilities, was atop a utility pole when a surge of 7,200 volts of electricity shot through his body, causing extensive burns that resulted in 17 surgeries and...

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Innovations

Energy Recycling Foot
By Karen Henry


'Green' foot could make walking with a prosthetic foot easier and more efficient In this energy-recycling foot, the University of Michigan engineers put wasted walking energy to work enhancing the power of ankle push-off. Photographs by Steve...

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Stepping Out

Barefoot Running: Crazy Trend or Timeless Wisdom?
By Morgan Stanfield


Michael Sandler has beautiful feet—tan, arched like a drawn bow, and muscular and restless as young racehorses. As he chats happily about running, his bare toes rhythmically ball up, then grip at the tile floor like fingers. You believe him...

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Perspective

The True Side of Parity
By Jeff Cain, MD


In last month's Perspective column , Jim DeWees, CP, shared his opinions on the prosthetic parity law in his state of Indiana. While it is unfortunate that Mr. DeWees may have problems with insurance companies, it is not the fault of the parity law.

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Education Outlook

Final Lap
By Michael Carroll


The spring semester tends to be my favorite one, at least so far in my college career. The semester is split in half by a nice little spring break, and summer is just around the corner. To make it even better, the American Academy of Orthotists an...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Lauren Wlazlowski, CP, and Brooks Raney, CP


"Opposites attract" is a cliché, but for Lauren Wlazlowski and Brooks Raney it's obviously true. "Our love for O&P brought us together, but beyond that similarity, we're polar opposites," writes the engaged couple, who also recently opened their f...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


With all of the changing variables that go into O&P billing and reimbursement, running an O&P practice gets more complicated each year. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help keep your billing on track. This month's column covers your questions about L-Code...

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Viewpoint

DARPA Opens the Door to the Next Prosthetic Revolution
By Karen Henry


In December, The O&P EDGE brought you an exclusive look at the result of one of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Revolutionizing Prosthetics (RP) 2009 arm projects—the neurally integrated MPL arm­—which is in the f...

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Online Exclusive

The Newest Alpha Liner… Coming Soon!


At the 2010 Academy Meeting, Ohio Willow Wood unveiled the latest addition to the Alpha® family of liners—the new Alpha Select. For practitioners not able to attend this year’s meeting, here’s a brief preview.

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