Sustainable O&P Education:
Are O&P Academic Programs at Risk?
By Karen Henry
Higher education institutions across the country are operating in crisis mode. As state budgets continue to experience unprecedented deficits, higher education has become one of the many targets for states looking to bring their budgets back into...
Spotlight on O&P
By Miki Fairley
How O&P is igniting creativity and capturing the public's attention around the world and closer to home, and what it means for the profession. The Possible's slow fuse is lit by the Imagination. -Emily Dickinson Introduction Photograph courtesy o...
International Clinical Think Tank Targets Upper-Limb Innovation
By Pam Martin
From left: Julie Schick, Shawn Swanson Johnson, Byron Backus, Erik Andres, Dan Conyers, Robert Lipschultz, Randy Seidenkranz, Wolfgang Gröpel, John Miguelez, Greg Schneider, Trond Schonhowd, Janos Kalmar, Tim Shride, Hans-Willem van Vliet, Axel Ei...
Home Visits: A Necessary Evil or a Real Opportunity?
By Sean McKale, CO, LO
There was a recent discussion on the OANDP-L listserv about home visits. In general, the comments were fairly negative. Colleagues expressed the inefficiency of both extensive travel time between appointments and the lack of necessary equipment on...
How We Learn
By Tony Wickman, CTPO
There are a lot of theories about how people learn. For example, some educators believe that there are three different modes of learning: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Basically, you learn either by hearing, seeing, or doing.
Siding with Quentin Fortune
By Laura Hochnadel
"Fortune sides with him who dares." -Virgil (70-19BC) Author of the epic poem, Aeneid Quentin Fortune is a soft-spoken man, but in the boxing ring, his dedication and focus come across loud and clear. His lean, super-muscular physique underscores...
CAF’s San Diego Triathlon Challenge
By Pam Martin
Going the Distance for Disabled Athletes Davidson Peter Davidson, CPO, Great Plains Rehabilitation Services, Bismarck, North Dakota, describes the Challenged Athletes Foundation's (CAF) annual San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC) as the NASC...
And So It Comes (Close) to an End: Returning to School
By Matthew Scoggin
Once the summer semester came to an end, I was very much in need of a break. The weekly grind of classes, clinics, and our other extracurricular activities had taken a toll on me. After exams ended, though, I was finally able to exhale.
Face to Face
Face to Face: Luke Stikeleather, CO
Luke Stikeleather, CO, began fabricating plaster molds and braces for himself before he knew the O&P profession even existed. As a teenager, he was diagnosed with monomelic amyotrophy, a neuromuscular disorder of the hands and arms. As a result, h...
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Running an O&P practice is complicated enough, so if you receive denials on your claims and can't figure out why, turn to "Got FAQs?" to help get your billing back on the right track. This month's column addresses your questions about billing skil...
Industry Review - Consumer
ACA Unveils 2011 Legislative Agenda
During the first session of the 112th Congress, the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) will advocate for strategies that promote sound public policy aimed at supporting the health and well-being of people living with limb loss and limb difference,...
Industry Review - Conferences
By Laura Hochnadel
Top to bottom: Col. Jennifer Menetrez, MD, delivers the morning keynote address. Kendra Calhoun delivers the afternoon keynote address.
A Look Back, A Look Ahead
By Tonja Randolph
We had a busy year at The O&P EDGE. In 2010, we reported on humanitarian efforts, including the earthquake in Haiti that ravaged the country and left too many with amputations. The O&P community responded immediately to help with relief efforts, m...
Aaron and C-Leg®: A Great Partnership
EDGE Direct Aaron and C-Leg: A Great Partnership When Aaron talks, he tells you about his work and his golf game. He shares how he selected his prosthetist, and the relationship they built as they worked to achieve his goals. He'll tell you about...
Engineered for Assisted ADL Excellence.
Average weight of the "K Series" feet is 7 oz. (including foot shell and titanium pyramid). Patent and patent pending.
Visit www.dycormfg.com for additional information and (weight) chart.
The Vista TS has multiple adjustment points to ensure a comfortable, effective fit for the majority of patient anatomies. Like the Vista Collar, Aspen Medical's Vista TS is fully adjustable, requiring only one size.
- Angle-adjustment mechanism on the chest provides a custom angle for each person. Height adjustment dial on the torso provides a custom length.
- Because the TS unit is mounted on the bottom of the Vista Collar, skin care and cervical restriction are not compromised for thoracic support.
- The torso height dial facilitates anatomical changes and varying positions.
The Trautman Dual Bladder Vacuum Station allows for a variety of options in vacuum forming. The dual-bladder configuration enables better mold preservation during vacuum forming and improved surface quality of the molded product. The station can be used as either a dual- or single-bladder vacuum station.
- Durable, powder-coated aluminum frame.
- High-temperature, non-stick, clear silicone bladder.
- Dual bladder for use with Comfil® TFC and pre-preg materials.
- Quick-change outer bladder saves time and money.
- Exterior dimension: 24" x 24".
- Requires vacuum source (two connections for dual bladder setup).
Orthomerica® Products introduces the new California® Ventura™ spinal brace that is easy-to-fit yet simple for the patient to don and doff. The Ventura provides controlled levels of stability by featuring easily adjustable, rigid plastic components—making it ideal throughout rehabilitation. When spinal control of extension and flexion is desired, the Ventura is the perfect fit. The patented, compound closure system provides patient-regulated compression to supplement abdominal musculature. The Ventura is available with a tall (L-0631) or short (L-0627) rigid posterior panel.
SKINGUARD® Technology silicone liners 6Y75 and 6Y85 from Otto Bock are made with an innovative antibacterial additivethat protects against a wide range of microorganisms. The high-tech material helps increase comfort and durability, improves hygiene, and reduces odor. Best of all, the benefits of SKINGUARD are now available for your transtibial and transfemoral patients who use shuttle-lock systems—and at no extra cost! To learn more, contact your Otto Bock sales representative.
Otto Bock HealthCare
OPTEC's Stealth is easy to don and doff and is our most popular anterior-opening brace. The closure system provides smooth compression that can be regulated by your patients. Your patients will actively participate in their rehabilitation by adjusting compression and support to the desired level, thus enhancing comfort and compliance.
Now through December 31, 2010, all of OPTEC's Stealth white braces are $75 off. This offers includes OPTEC's Stealth LSO and LSO LP L0637, Stealth X2 and X4 L0637, and Stealth Pro 2 and Pro 4 L0631.
SPS will lend a pink-covered hand to raise awareness and fight breast cancer. For each SPS order of a Trulife Breast Form through the end of 2010, you will receive one FREE box (100-count) of Medline's Generation Pink Gloves. You may also purchase boxes of the Pink Gloves outright to show your support of this great cause throughout the end of the year.
All sizes and shapes of the Trulife Breast Forms stocked by SPS are eligible for this promotion. All sizes and shapes of the Harmony, Symphony, SoLight, Active, Featherweight and partials are included.
New: The Adjustable Dynamic Response™ (ADR™) KAFO—;No Cable Release Option.
When an AFO is not enough to treat severe crouch and gross LE weakness, the Ultraflex ADR™ KAFO provides a good alternative.
Features and benefits include:
- Safe stance control without locking the knee, ADR™; 0-30° flexion
- Sit-to-standing ratchet support from 120°flexion to full extension
- Low profile, sit-to-stand slide lock/safety release is easy to engage and disengage
- ADR™ ankle, 0-40°dorsiflexion, 0-40°plantarflexion resistance or dampening effects
- Adult and pediatric versions
The Helix3D Hip Joint takes advantage of a groundbreaking design to create a more natural, three-dimensional hip movement. Its polycentric design improves toe clearance and provides three-dimensional movement that mimics the movement of the human pelvis, and the hydraulic provides greater stability every step of the way. The results for your patient are dramatic—greater stability and less compensatory movements to make every step more stable and confident. Contact Otto Bock HealthCare to find out more about how you can get your patients into Helix3D today.
Otto Bock HealthCare
SPS announces a new workshop for medical professionals involved with the treatment of patients with neuropathic and/or dysvascular limbs.
Effective management of the neuropathic limb is discussed minimally in clinical education, yet the patient population in the U.S. alone has grown to more than 18 million. The goal of multidisciplinary clinics is to reduce the associated medical costs of this chronic disease.
The full-day workshop (approved for 9.75 CEUs) highlights mechanisms for clinicians to positively influence patient outcomes and prevent future breakdowns. Register online at www.spsco.com/services/educational.asp/Contact SPS customer service or your SPS sales manager for more information.
The newly improved RHEO KNEE®, the latest addition to Össur's innovative bionic line, offers an increased weight limit (275 lb.), increased torque, faster swing speed, and improved aesthetics. Thanks to its low build height, the RHEO KNEE is compatible with the entire Össur Flex-Foot line. Together they deliver maximum dynamics and a natural gait experience. The RHEO KNEE recognizes and responds immediately to changes in speed, load, and terrain, restoring the user's ability to walk naturally, comfortably, and confidently at any speed.
Javelin's design has been streamlined to focus on the essential mechanisms that govern walking—flexibility, stability, and terrain compliance—in a lightweight envelope that delivers an enjoyable walking experience.
- Slim line continuous shin and toe spring flexes for greater energy return and reduced back, knee, and leg muscles strain.
- Easy cosmetic finishing of minimalist profile.
- Fitting jig allows accurate limb performance and alignment assessment before final cutting and drilling.
- Full-length version assembled to carrier and installed in foot shell; fitting jig included for determining proper length. Low profile ships fully assembled.
Call us today at 888.982.8181 to request our new 2010-2011 Catalog!
OPTEC USA consistently offers the highest-quality, cutting-edge products. Beyond offering innovative orthoses at a fair price, OPTEC USA works to help your practice be successful by submitting our braces to the PDAC (Pricing, Data Analysis, and Coding) for review and determination.
PDAC recently reviewed OPTEC USA's products with the following determinations: VertaMax L0627, Stealth TLSO with DLK L0462, Stealth TLSO with ATE L0464, and Oasis LSO and Oasis LSO LP L0637.
New: Ultraflex Universal Joint — Comparably Smaller, Lighter, and Stronger
The Ultraflex Universal Joint uses a tried-and-true clevis design for maximum M-L strength, yet is extremely lightweight and low profile. The Ultraflex Universal Joint is comparatively smaller, lighter, and stronger. It can be used on ankles, elbows, or wrists, as well as for both adult and pediatric applications.Recommended as a companion joint to Ultraflex ADR™. Molding dummy included. Dimensions: Length: 17/16 in., width: 7/16 in., height: 19/64 in., weight: 0.5 oz.
SPS' special freight promotion on OTS ovens has been extended. Receive $400 OFF the freight cost of ANY OTS oven purchased through December 31, 2010 (applicable to U.S. customers only).
The new BT-4 oven has four, 1,000-watt heating elements on top and bottom. A standard-equipped dual electric fan kit allows low temperature operation. Another new feature is an added channel to fit vacuum hoses through the door.
Exterior dimensions of the new BT-4 are 32" x 50" x 58". Interior dimensions are 28" x 40" x 24", with 18" of clearance for bubble forming.
The new THRIVE™ from Freedom Innovations is the world's first load-activated prosthetic foot. Ideal for those who work in construction, farming, or any occupation that requires heavy lifting, the dual-keel design manages additional loads (up to 30% of the user's body weight) by providing incremental support. This ensures consistent performance and ultimately greater confidence among users.
The new Alpha® Select Liner from Ohio Willow Wood combines many of the leading liner characteristics—such a controlled pistoning—into one product. The one-way stretch fabric used in Alpha Select Liners effectively controls pistoning without the use of a traditional rigid distal matrix. It also provides tissue compression without uncomfortable pressure on the limb. The fabric stretches circumferentially, allowing for easy donning for a variety of limb shapes.
PEL Supply Company
The GXL-Knee (GX-Locking Knee) incorporates the best of both worlds from our Key Lock™ (1015) and GX-Knee (9000) knee joints. Integrating the extension-assist feature of the GX-Knee with the locking mechanism of the Key Lock gives you and your patient a whole new level of confidence and convenience.
Model 9015 is a free-motion knee joint that is designed to provide extension assist, not prevent knee flexion. In addition, the GXL-Knee has the option of locking at full extension for use as a locked knee joint.
Otto Bock's breakthrough PolyTol® flexible socket material contours to the body with exceptional, long-lasting elasticity. PolyTol is easy on your patient's skin, with no irritating or allergenic components. The material offers good moisture absorption and skin adhesion for an intimate and comfortable fit. As the clinician, you also have the advantage of Otto Bock's fabrication staff, experts who work with PolyTol every day and can give you just what you ordered, right when you need it, and at a cost with no surprises. To learn more, contact your sales representative, or visit us online.
Otto Bock HealthCare
The Accent® foot from College Park provides a service-free option for individuals who desire a cosmetically appealing foot with an easy-to-adjust heel height. A simple push of a button provides the wearer their choice of footwear.
- 2 in. (51mm) user-adjustable heel height.
- Dynamic pylon and integrated pyramid options.
- Ankle fairing for superior finishing.
- Sandal-toe foot shell, with narrow and wide width options.
- Three firmness choices.
College Park Industries
Intended for patients up to 320 lb. or those individuals with a severe biomechanical deficit, the Model 1017-A38 Automatic Angled Lever-Lock Knee Joint is the latest addition to our comprehensive range of orthotic knee joints. Equipped with 3/8 in. x 3/4in. (9.5mm x 19.1mm) aluminum uprights, the Model 1017-A38 is modular in design and may be used in either a unilateral or double upright configuration. The Model 1017-A38 can be fabricated into a variety of orthotic designs including conventional metal and leather, thermoplastics, and composites.
Introducing the adult PRAFO® 650 RAPS terry cloth AFO system (650R/TC) now available through Friddle's. Experience the functionality of the gold-standard PRAFO, which incorporates the same superior, modular, and truly adjustable custom-fit posterior superstructure/frame. The PRAFO® 650 RAPS allows for full ambulation and comes with an open-cell, serged terry cloth liner system that is less expensive to manufacture. Also available in pediatric (550R/TC) and infant (450R/TC) sizes to help you reduce inventory and overhead.
Friddle's Orthopedic Appliances
Take a Step in the Right Direction!
Easy to fit for practitioners and even easier for patients to use, this integrated, low-profile joint provides the best in electronic stance control and helps your patients achieve a more active lifestyle. Simple onboard programming helps the E-MAG Active calibrate itself to capture the user's unique gait pattern. This feature adds a whole new dimension of functionality for people who previously have had limited bracing options, such as a locked knee or manual device. Help your patients get back into the swing of things with the E-MAG Active!
Otto Bock HealthCare
Building on the modularity of the Miami Lumbar LSO, the TLSO kit provides flexibility to fit nearly every patient while reducing inventory.
- Facilitates adjustments for varying levels of immobilization as the patient progresses through different levels of healing.
- Three steps simplify the Miami Lumbar TLSO fitting and ensure ease of use.
- Quick-release buckles, trimmable and adjustable shoulder straps, and added padding ensure patient comfort and compliance.
- Universal Miami Lumbar belt relieves pressure over the spinous processes while applying even pressure to paraspinal musculature, for comfortable and effective healing.
The most popular Alpha® Liner.
The most popular gel thickness.
The most popular gel profile.
The most popular fabric.
Available in all sizes.
The Alpha Original MP Liner.
Six millimeters of gel thickness, uniform style, and original green/gray fabric are the specifications for the Alpha Original MP Liner. This is the most popular Alpha Liner from Ohio Willow Wood at a new, lower price. Ohio Willow Wood is providing real solutions for practitioners and their patients.
Ohio Willow Wood
"Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect and passion...."
You have the intellect and the passion! Build your experience and skill at a NUPOC Certificate Course in Prosthetics/ Orthotics. Enter the field or extend your title. Very few Certificate Courses remain before the 2013 master of science mandate. We welcome all highly motivated individuals who want to be prosthetists and orthotists. For more information, e-mail
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University Prosthetics/Orthotics Center
Clinically inspired Immediate Post Operative Plate (IPOP). Features and benefits include:
- Aluminum base plate with adjustable stainless steel straps.
- Straps easily bend for contouring without special tools.
- "V" shaped straps and anchoring rivets grip casting material.
- Available in two sizes: 2.5" Diameter (IPOP-S) and 3.5" Diameter (IPOP-L)
Contact Prosthetic Design for additional product information.
Prosthetic Design Inc.
Infrared ovens from Witzel IR600 features include:
- Six IR elements for even heating.
- Smart sensor maintains material temperature.
- Four user presets.
- Inside: 19" H x 24" W x 18" D.
The Genesis Plus Foot Ankle System from MICA Corp. provides the truest, most natural range-of-motion (ROM) of any foot available within the industry.
Features and benefits include:
- Newly redesigned, with reduced height and weight.
- Rated up to 330 lb.
- Easy bumper replacement and free lifetime warranty on all urethanes and bushings.
- 30-day trial period from fitting date.
- Extremely ground compliant with full ROM.
100% American made. Support your country's economy!
Comfort Products introduces a more user-friendly material for the O&P industry. SpectraCarb™ nearly mimics carbon's strength, is less costly, and is easier to work with than pre-preg or woven carbon products.
Laminations using SpectraCarb can be buffed without the skin irritation caused by other carbon products, and it can be modified with a heat gun without delaminating. SpectraCarb is perfect for fabricating sockets and AFOs, including major and minor adjustments, and is available in tubular form in 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 8-, and 10-inch widths.
Spectra® + carbon = SpectraCarb = a wonder material.