Orthotic Management of Low-Tone Children - April 2011

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Orthotic Management of Low-Tone Children
The Earlier the Better
By Susan Glairon


Cusick Children with low tone need early orthotic intervention to prevent gait problems down the road. When Ting Cusick arrived in the United States in 1998, the newly adopted one-year-old had nonfunctioning lax hips and feet. But despite these...

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Turning Kids on to Weight Loss: Technology Teams with Tradition
By Miki Fairley


New and creative meets tried and true as video game technology, cell phone texting, and bariatric surgery team up with better nutrition and traditional exercise to help kids and teens who are obese to move, lose, and get healthy. Sometimes it seem...

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Tracking Functional Development: A Case Report
By Tracy C. Slemker, CPO


Introduction Approximately 133,000 amputation-related hospital discharges occur each year in the United States, 31 percent of which are at the transfemoral level. 1 The healthcare team's primary concerns for new amputees are assessing and improvin...

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Society Spotlight: Tips for Success When Working with Children
By Deborah Wilde, MS, CPO, FAAOP, and Sarah Thomas, CPO


Working with children who need prosthetic and/or orthotic intervention is both challenging and rewarding for everyone involved-the clinician, the patient, and the family. Achieving successful outcomes when working with children depends not only on...

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Innovations

Helping Kids With Their Leaps and Bounds
By Pam Martin


Advanced Biofidelic Lower Extremity Kids (ABLE Kids) Prosthesis Project aims to help kids hit the playground running. Prosthetics manufacturers have traditionally shied away from the special challenges presented by the pediatric market. For techni...

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Perspective

Obesity in Children with Physical Challenges: Taking a Path in the Right Direction
By Janet Marshall, CPO, LPO


The bleachers are filled with anxious parents cheering for their sons and daughters. Socializing with the surrounding crowd, the parents share grins of pride and exchange encouraging words. One of the common bonds among members of this audience is...

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Today’s Consumer

CJ Torretti: Just Your Typical Kid
By Laura Hochnadel


From left, CJ and his sister Faith. Silly. Ornery.

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Shop Talk

How to Do Ply Reductions Using Vacuum
By Jason Kimmel


Learning how other technicians fabricate is always exciting. You get to see their tricks-of-the-trade and apply them to your own fabrication techniques. The best tricks offer a simple solution to speed up a common and tedious process—like the neve...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Kacy Moran Powers, CO


Kacy Moran Powers has been intrigued by the O&P profession for as long as she can remember. That is because her father, Ed Moran, CPO, has 38 years of experience in O&P. While involved in a summer research internship during her undergraduate studi...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify and time-consuming to appeal. If you have a billing question or a question about a denial, "Got FAQs?" can help you sift through the confusion and get you the answers you need. This month's column addresses your q...

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Industry Review

Hanger Family Comes Together at Annual Education Fair
By Pam Martin


"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." —Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book Hanger Orthopedic Group's annual Education Fair, held February 1-5 in Reno, Nevada, opened with the stories of nine pediatric p...

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Industry Review

International Collaboration Defines 2011 United Forum


The 2011 United Forum of the Americas was a rare opportunity to share experiences and ideas in an international, and yet relatively intimate, setting. Speakers, exhibitors, and attendees representing 19* countries gathered February 13-16 in San Jo...

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Industry Review

PrimeFare West Unveils New Format, Retooled Sessions


Nearly 100 attendees and exhibitors from 14 U.S. states and Canada gathered at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, for PrimeCare O&P Network's western scientific symposium. Held February 17-19, PrimeFare West included an assor...

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Viewpoint

When We’re In the Know, So Are You
By Karen Henry


One of the most gratifying aspects of my job here at The O&P EDGE is keeping pace with emerging O&P technologies. Reporting on these technologies, though, is a double-edged sword. While it's exciting to learn about robotic orthoses and advancement...

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One Researcher's Passion for Solving Patient Problems
By Pam Martin


If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied. -Alfred Nobel, as quoted by Ammanath Peethambaran, MS, CO, FAAOP, University of Michigan Orthotics & Prosthetics Center researcher. The current fabrication method for a...

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Success Creates Its Own Reality


Most people say, "Change is good. You go first." Intellectually everyone agrees that change is necessary. Yet we are all, on some level, uncomfortable with change and resist adopting new processes and methods.

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