Paralympians Heroes of the Games - May 2010

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Feature

Fun and Games: Virtual Reality Turns the Work of Rehab into Play
By Miki Fairley


Imagine a world in which physical and occupational therapy are so enjoyable that sometimes patients don't want to stop! Researchers from several countries are exploring an exciting new avenue for rehabilitating persons suffering from such conditio...

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Feature

Haiti: The International Response
By Morgan Stanfield


"Mwen malad anpil."-I am very sick. "oupe"-amputation "enfimite"-disability These words are now far too commonplace in the Haitian Creole tongue. The Republic of Haiti was ailing even before the catastrophic January 12 temblor laid waste to th...

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Feature

The Balancing Act: Are Amputees Falling for It?
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO


Balance is a complex thing, relying on visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive inputs—and that's for people without limb loss. For many prosthetic patients, it's a function that they struggle to relearn with various degrees of success. Because of i...

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Feature

Comprehensive Healthcare Reform Becomes Law
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Adam Chrisney


After the election of Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) at the beginning of the year and the resulting loss of a Democratic super-majority (60 votes) in the Senate, it looked as if Democrats were faced with failure on a top 2008 campaign priority. In the...

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Perspective

Registration, Certification, and Education
By Bernard Hewey, CPO


Several weeks ago I commented on the OANDP-L listserv about two issues: the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC) immediate change of title from registered technician to certified technician, and the pending...

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Shop Talk

Making Pre-Preg Look Pretty
By Tony Wickman, CTPO


It's been said that America's favorite color is shiny, and I agree. Pre-preg is great. Really, it's a wonderful material—high strength-to-weight ratio, easy to engineer, highly repeatable—but there's just one problem...it's ugly!

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Innovations

Ahhh…Comfort! UK Research Takes Next Generation “Smart Limb” to New Level
By Miki Fairley


Unless the prosthesis provides a comfortable, pain-free experience for the amputee, the most technologically advanced componentry available may simply end up in the closet. Several surveys have shown that poor socket fit and residual limb pain are...

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Today’s Consumer

Bob Green—Grabbing Life by the Fingers
By Karen Henry


Today, Bob Green of Bel Air, Maryland, uses his fingers to do things like open drawers, type on a computer keyboard, hold a fork, pick up small objects, and sign his name. Not too bad considering that six months ago, he didn't even have fingers. G...

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Sports

Paralympians: Heroes of the Games
By Morgan Stanfield


The U.S. sled hockey team took gold and set an unbreakable record by not surrendering a single point to opponents. Photographs courtesy of Randy Richardson, Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics.

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Residency Report

Finally Starting to Make a Connection
By Stephanie LeGare


Consider this scenario: A mom comes in with a sparkling white cranial remolding helmet. There's no food mashed in the cheek extensions, no smell, no smudges. Not a particle of foam is disturbed within.

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Jim Middleton, CP


Jim Middleton says he is living the dream. The Billings, Montana, clinician encountered prosthetics in 1987 as a volunteer at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) in Winter Park, Colorado. After talking with the athletes about their...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Running an O&P practice gets more complex every year. When you have a question about claims or denials, count on 'Got FAQs?' to help keep your billing on track. This month's column covers your questions about replacement codes, RP and RA modifiers...

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Viewpoint

Playing to Win
By Tonja Randolph


It's been eight years since I wrote my first Viewpoint article for The O&P EDGE's Advance Preview Issue. The date was April 2002, and the cover featured the U.S. Paralympic Alpine ski team at the 2002 Paralympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Online Exclusive

The Beau Ideal: Paralympic Alpine Racer Alana Nichols


Alana Nichols is a paragon of adaptive sport. When she rolled onto the medal podium for the fourth time at the Alpine sit-ski course at the 2010 Paralympics, she sat not only as Team USA's top medalist, but as a beau ideal of the Paralympic dream....

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