Tara Butcher: Choosisng the Life She Lives - October 2011

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Feature

Bone Density among Lower-Limb Amputees: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Implications
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO


Introduction In the provision of prosthetic care for patients with lower-limb amputation, there are certain characteristics that are immediately apparent to treating professionals. Limb length, muscle strength, painful neuromas, and marked limitat...

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Feature

TAKING AIM: SRT/TDI Program Helps Amputees Learn to Shoot, Move with Bionic Limbs
By Betta Ferrendelli


Exclusive live coverage by The O&P EDGE. Allison Brown fires an AR-15 with a 10.5-inch barrel and surefire suppressor. Photographs courtesy of SRT Prosthetics and Orthotics.

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Feature

Tracking Long-Term Functional Development with a Prosthesis: A Case Report
By Erin Sutton and Rob Hoskins, BS, BME


Abstract The process of functional development with a prosthesis is vital to a patient's overall health and quality of life, but very few studies exist that track long-term functional development. As the O&P profession moves toward evidence-based...

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Innovations

Beyond Control: The First Untethered Power-Assist AFO
By Morgan Stanfield


What do paintball pistols, earth movers, and a first-of-its-kind orthosis prototype have in common? They're all driven by fluid power, the technology that allows engineers to vastly magnify human or mechanical strength by harnessing the physics of...

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Innovations

Cadence Biomedical’s Kinetic Orthosis
By Betta Ferrendelli


First Steps: Inspired by nature, Cadence Biomedical's Kinetic Orthosis helps users walk. After Heather Montag took her first solo steps in more than six years, she had one word to say: "Wow." Montag was wearing a prototype kinetic orthosis de...

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Perspective

Making the Case for Custom Liners
By H. Wayne Wilkerson, CP


H. Wayne Wilkerson, CP For 22 years I have opted to make custom-injected, molded inserts for my patients who wear transtibial prostheses instead of buying prefabricated inserts. As a business owner and from an economic standpoint, it may be consi...

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Shop Talk

The Essential Guide to KAFO Fabrication Part 1
By Pedro Salazar


As a former steelworker, I see great similarity between building an office tower and fabricating a KAFO. Regardless of the architect or contractor, every skyscraper starts with the foundation, followed by the steel framework, the exterior, and the...

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Extraordinary O&P

Tara Butcher: “You Choose the Life You Live….”
By Laura Hochnadel


Photographs courtesy of Tara Butcher. Rising 15,100 feet from base to summit, Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.

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Sports

“Camp of Champs” for Paratriathletes


Sixteen aspiring paratriathletes and three athlete mentors participated in the third annual Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Dodge Paratriathlon Camp in San Diego, California, August 25-28. It's not just any camp, however. The camp is informal...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Billing for O&P devices and care is complicated. When you have questions, count on "Got FAQs?"to help keep your claims on track. This month's column addresses your questions about billing forL-2755, Medicare as a secondary payer, and using the Med...

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Viewpoint

A Man’s (or Woman’s) Best Friend
By Tonja Randolph


Facing a medical challenge and the possibility of amputation is never an easy situation, even when the patient in question happens to have four legs instead of two. Last October, my yellow lab, Jake, developed a growth on his hind foot. When I too...

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Online Exclusive

Endolite Expands Training Program


EDGE Direct In support of the launch of the ORION, our newest microprocessor knee, Endolite is pleased to announce an expanded training program that includes certification courses for the ORION. Our expanded training program began April 8, with...

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Online Exclusive

The Value of Central Fabrication Facilities


With rising costs and declining reimbursements, what's an O&P practice to do to maintain its competitive edge? In last month's EDGE Direct , we discussed how some practices do this by bringing fabrication services in-house (" The Value of In-House...

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