Tiny AFOs: Bracing for Premature Babies - June 2010

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Building Function, Building Hope: Orthotic Management of Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury
By Morgan Stanfield


Life, as they say, can turn on a dime. One of the everyday pleasures in a child's life—a car trip, school football game, or bounce on a trampoline—can end with a disastrous snap . Partial or complete spinal cord injury (SCI) currently...

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Feature

Tiny AFOs: Bracing for Premature Babies
By Morgan Stanfield


When you see the tiny bootie in the palm of Ken Kane's hand, it's not surprising to learn that he went to college to be a toymaker. The sole of the wee lacer doesn't begin to span the width of the six-footer's big palm, and he might— might &...

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Feature

Expert Witness in Litigation, Life Care Planning: Should This Be Part of Your Practice?
By Miki Fairley


"They told me he wouldn't make it." With a catch in her voice, Cathy Speciale Culver of Lusby, Maryland, describes going through almost every mother's nightmare. Riddick-Grisham The saga of Culver's son James, then age seven, began with a slight...

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Feature

Coming Full Circle: Jack Richmond’s Team in Training
By Morgan Stanfield


Jack Richmond, CFo, is a runner. And, he wears a prosthesis in place of his right foot and lower leg. However, he's not an amputee runner, he asserts.

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Perspective

Making a Difference for Kids with Crouch Gait
By Keith M. Smith, CO, LO, FAAOP


The orthotic management of crouch gait patterns from tight hamstrings is a subject of great debate among orthotists and rehab clinicians. The key to managing crouch gait is understanding that there is more to it than treatments that center around...

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Today’s Consumer

Tiffany Moe: Making the Right Moves
By Brady Delander


For the most part, Tiffany Moe endured childhood more than she enjoyed it. Life seemed to turn in all directions for Moe—except the right one. And then in 2007, her life took a devastatingly hard turn, when, at age 15, she was diagnosed with...

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Stepping Out

Choosing Shoes for Children
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


When it comes to children's footwear, we may have to re-examine the notion of what we consider to be "good shoes." For most of the 20th century, there was a general consensus that when buying children's shoes you should, among other things, ensure...

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Sports

Miracles on a Mountainside
By Crystal Ettridge


VA Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Tammy Duckworth, takes to the slopes at the 24th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic on March 31, 2010. VA photo by April Eilers . The havoc that war inflicts on warriors...

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Education Outlook

The Finish Line
By Michael Carroll


As I complete the final semester of my bachelor of applied science degree in orthotics and prosthetics at the J. E. Hanger College of Orthotics and Prosthetics at St.

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Brian K. Pinkston, CP, LP


If the wisdom of the ages could be condensed into one phrase, " nosce te ipsum "-know thyself-Brian Pinkston is a wise man. Unlike many Americans with their nomadic paths through life and career, Pinkston found early on what suited him and has spe...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify and time consuming to appeal. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help keep your O&P billing running smoothly. This month's column tackles your questions about licensure, denials on lumbar-orthosis claims, and the revised tim...

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Industry Review - Parity

We've Come a Long Way, but There's More Work to be Done
By Melanie Staten


The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) hasbrought federal and local issues important tothose in the limb-loss community to the forefrontof our 2010 efforts. Our grassroots workand that of our industry partners have attractedincreasing attention fe...

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Viewpoint

Optimizing Care When Tragedy Strikes
By Karen Henry


When serious illness or injury happens, it's difficult for patients, family, and loved ones alike. But when the illness or injury involves a child, it becomes all the more heart wrenching. As families struggle to come to terms with a prognosis tha...

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Online Exclusive

bebionic Launches in Leipzig


bebionic , the next generation of fully articulating myoelectric hands, was officially launched to the international market at the combined meeting of the 13 th ISPO World Congress and Orthopädie & Reha-Technik international trade show on May 12-1...

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