DARPA’s RP Arms in Transition: From Miracle into Reality - May 2011

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DARPA’s RP Arms in Transition: From Miracle into Reality
By Judith Philipps Otto


"Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." -W. Clement Stone, American author (1902-2002) What child doesn't love a good fairy tale, where miracles are conceived in dreams and achieved with the wave of a wand? In the rea...

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Dynamic Collaborations: When the Sum Makes All the Parts Greater
By Pam Martin


When O&P research combines with practitioner education and clinical patient care, great things can happen. From left: Wendy Hill, BSc, OT; Adam Savoy; Greg Bush, BA, CP; and Adam Clawson, MEng. Photograph courtesy of the University of New Brunswick.

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From Academia to the Developing World: Student Engineers Create Collaborative Technologies
By Miki Fairley


"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." -Leonardo da Vinci From left: Adam Booher, Ehsan Noursalehi, and Jon Naber hold IPT prosthetic arm prototypes. Photographs courtesy of Illini Prosthetic Technologies (IPT). Six men on a mission are sho...

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Perspective

Be the Expert that You Are
By Joseph Sadowski, CPO


The number of activities for individuals suffering from limb loss has exploded. Compared to the amputee patient of years past, today we have patients who inquire regularly about swimming, jogging, cycling, and even more challenging activities such...

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Shop Talk

How to Do an Alignment Transfer
By Jason Kimmel


A practitioner can spend hours fine-tuning the alignment of a lower-limb prosthesis. A technician transferring this alignment can lose it in seconds. Alignment transfer is a common task with ample failure potential.

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Extraordinary O&P

Garrett Jones: Life Is Good
By Laura Hochnadel


Mutantur omnia nos et mutamur in illis. All things change, and we change with them. Improvise, adapt, overcome.

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Sports

The Winter Sports Clinic Is Changing Lives for Disabled Vets
By Pam Martin


"We had plenty of speed and plenty of good snow to catch a good edge, and today was probably the best run I've ever had." —Adaptive skier, Dave Riley, the 2010 Disabled Veteran of the Year. U.S. Coast Guard veteran and quadrilateral ampute...

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Residency Report

Prosthetics of Hope
By Ronald Dickson


In my March column, I mentioned that I had gone on a prosthetics mission to Haiti recently, which was organized by one of our patients, Kevin Valentine, a pastor at a local church. I was chosen to go along with my colleague, Michael Littles, CP, t...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Robert Dodson, CPO, LPO


Robert Dodson, clinical manager at Advanced Arm Dynamics Southwest Center of Excellence, Dallas, Texas, hones his skills by working with patients with upper-limb amputations—a good many of whom are veterans who were injured in the line of du...

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Education Outlook

Home Stretch
By Matthew Scoggin


Since the age of 18, my life has been closely tied to recruited "movers" (otherwise known as friends and family) and a 16-foot Penske truck. There is an exciting, unspoken rhythm to packing up, moving somewhere new to attend school, and packing up...

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Got FAQS?

Got FAQS?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify and time-consuming to appeal. When denials have you at your wit's end, "Got FAQs?" can help you get your billing back on track. This month's column addresses your questions about L-Codes for lower-limb prostheses,...

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Industry Review

The Academy's 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium
By Pam Martin


"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark." -Michelangelo, as quoted by Scott Cummings, PT, CPO, FAAOP, during the opening session on March 17....

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Viewpoint

Breaking Down Walls
By Karen Henry


When I returned to the office after attending the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) Policy Forum in Washington DC, the wall between our office suite and the suite next door had been torn down. Fortunately, this was not the result o...

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Online Exclusive

Endolite Expands Training Program


EDGE Direct In anticipation of the upcoming launch of the ORION, our newest microprocessor knee, we are pleased to announce an expanded training program that includes certification courses for the ORION. Courses are being held throughout the Unit...

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Helping Patients Feel Whole Again


Tiffany Ryan, LOT, CSCS, Advanced Arm Dynamics (AAD) Southwest Center of Excellence, Dallas, Texas, compares the learning curve on a new prosthetic arm to mastering a new musical instrument, saying they both require "practice, practice, practice."...

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