Losses Beyond the Limb - December 2011

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Losses Beyond the Limb
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


An analysis of the co-morbidities and challenges associated with upper-limb loss. In working with patients who have suffered an upper-limb amputation, prosthetists must be aware that the limb loss represents only one of several morbidities with wh...

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Society Spotlight The Healing Effects of Self-Expression for the Prosthetic Patient
By Chris Lake, CPO, LPO, FAAOP; and Mary Lake


Figure 1: An early example of using the finished appearance as a form of self-expression. This bilateral lower-limb amputee and military veteran has images of calendar girls painted on his prostheses. Photograph circa 1949.

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Q&A: Caring for Patients with Upper-Limb Loss
By Andrea Spridgen


Tiffany Ryan, MOT, OTR/L, offers prosthetic training to bilateral partial hand amputee Bruce Burris, who is wearing a body-powered prosthesis called M fingers. (Photographs courtesy of Advanced Arm Dynamics.) There are an estimated 15 times more...

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The O&P Technician: Where Insight, Theory, and Experimentation Collide
By Pam Martin


Necessity is the mother of invention, it is true, but its father is creativity, and knowledge is the midwife." -Jonathan Schattke If anyone is going to figure out how to fit a square peg into a round hole, it's the O&P technician. Self-descri...

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Is the Patellar Bar Dead?
By Brent Wright, CP, BOCO


Walking around the exhibit hall at a conference, I stopped at one of the booths to chat with a buddy of mine. I leaned over and said in a smug, sarcastic voice, "You're kidding me, right? These are the craziest trim lines for a BK I have ever seen...

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Perspective

Negotiating the New World of Upper-Limb Prostheses
By Waldo O. Esparza, CP, LP


It has taken two wars, innumerable improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and thousands of injured servicemen and women to push prosthetists forward in the management of upper-limb amputations. The terminal device has undergone a metamorphosis from...

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Today’s Consumer

Hector Picard: Don’t Stop Living
By Betta Ferrendelli


Hector Picard rides the bike he designed with brakes on the frame that allow him to squeeze with his thighs to stop the bike. (Photographs courtesy of Michael Farrel.) When Hector Picard introduces himself to an audience, he begins by saying he i...

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Shop Talk

The Essential Guide to KAFO Fabrication, Part 3
By Pedro Salazar


Part 3: How to Make Modifications to a Plaster Cast In "The Art of Mold Modification" ( The O&P EDGE , September 2011), Tony Wickman, CTPO, did a terrific job of explaining various plaster modification techniques. However, in this final installm...

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Better Business

Creative Business Model Brings Interface Technology to O&P Patients Nationwide
By Betta Ferrendelli


Developing a new product is only half the battle. Getting people to use it is the other half. Randy Alley, CP, LP, CEO and chief prosthetist of biodesigns, Thousand Oaks, California, is the inventor of the High-Fidelity (HiFi) Interface™, a patent...

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Sports

Inspiration Abounds at the CAF San Diego Triathlon Challenge
By Laura Hochnadel


The answer: "Inspirational!" From left: Cody McCasland (bib 919) and Harvey Parry (bib 906) sprint down the SDTC Kid's Run course. Harvey and his family travelled from England to attend the event. The question: "What do you think of this?" "Th...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: John D. King, CP


John King says his life's calling is to serve others. This is evidenced by his military service as a Hospital Corpsman during the Vietnam War, his pursuit of a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy, and his avocational pursuits such as singing...

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Industry Review - Conferences

Skills for Life Conference Offers Tips, Support for Those with Bilateral Upper-Limb Loss


About 100 people from as far away as Sweden, Austria, and Madagascar attended the United States National Member Society of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (US ISPO) Skills for Life 3 conference in Denver, Colorado, October...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Running an O&P facility in today's landscape of enhanced scrutiny and changing billing requirements can leave even the most seasoned billing professional feeling frustrated. If you have a billing question, "Got FAQs?" can help you get the answers...

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Viewpoint

A Decade of Excellence
By Tonja Randolph


While wrapping up the last issue of 2011, I can't help but be excited for the coming year. As we head into 2012, The O&P EDGE   will mark its tenth anniversary—a significant milestone for any magazine. Estimates indicate that 60 percent of magazin...

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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

O&P's Family Tree: A Sneak Peek


For three or more generations, these families have maintained their passion for the O&P profession through changes in technology, business climate, and family relationships. The O&P EDGE   is pleased to present you with this exclusive sneak peek o...

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