Pediatric O&P Care - April 2012

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
The Search for New Treatments Races against the Clock
By Miki Fairley


One out of about every 3,500 boys worldwide is born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). DMD is the most common as well as the most severe of the more than 30 types of muscular dystrophies, comprising about 50 percent of all cases. Young men wi...

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Beyond Cosmetic Concerns
Functional Deficits Associated with Deformational Plagiocephaly
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Functional Deficits Associated with Deformational Plagiocephaly After discussing the rationale, timelines, and costs of cranial remolding orthoses, many parents of infants with plagiocephaly ask, "What happens if we don't correct this head sha...

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Successful Incorporation of Engineers into Patient Care: A Case Report
By Erin Sutton; Robert Hoskins, BS, BME; and Tyler Fosnight


A patient who loses a limb due to a rare condition presents a challenge to prosthetists because current technologies and methods may not apply to his or her specific disorder. One way to address the challenge is to incorporate research and develop...

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Today's Consumer

MaLea Fox: Tracking Milestones
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


Sit Before You Stand MaLea and her mother, Ashley Graber. Photographs courtesy of Oregon Health & Science University/Ken Olsen. Like most mothers, Ashley Graber tracks her daughter's developmental milestones, and at seven-and-a-half months of...

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Perspective

Big Challenges in Serving Young O&P Patients
By Justina S. Shipley, CO, BOCPO, MEd, FAAOP


I have been in the O&P profession for more than 25 years and have focused most of that time in pediatrics, including working in pediatric O&P specialty facilities, pediatric O&P education, and consulting for pediatric orthopedic programs. Serving...

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Shop Talk

From a Jig to a Joint: Replacing a KAFO Knee Joint Made Easy
By Tony Wickman, CTPO


Here's an interesting job that came into the lab recently: a well-worn KAFO with a broken knee joint. Some might assume that it was time for a new KAFO, but for a number of different reasons that wasn't going to happen, so we had to figure out a w...

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Innovations

College Student Develops Pain Free Socket
By Betta Ferrendelli


Device aims to eliminate phantom pain in amputees using thermal biofeedback. Katherine Bomkamp, a West Virginia University sophomore, developed the Pain Free Socket-a device she hopes will eliminate phantom pain in amputees. Photograph courtesy of...

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Reflecting on the Past Decade of Serving Children
By Andrea Spridgen


Don Cummings. Photograph courtesy of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Small patients sometimes have big needs.

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Face to Face

Alicia McGarty, COA


"A certificate does not make you certified. Attitude, performance, commitment to self and team—these and a certificate make you certified." While the author of this maxim is unknown, it certainly rings true for many O&P professionalsR...

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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 or a question about a denial, "Got FAQ...

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Industry Review — Conference

Hanger Education Fair Features New Location, New Identity


Hanger unveils its new brand identity during the opening ceremony. Subject to shareholder approval at the company's annual shareholder meeting in May, Hanger Orthopedic Group will be renamed Hanger, and Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics will be renam...

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Viewpoint

Introducing EDGE Custom Publications


The O&P EDGE   has a symbiotic relationship with O&P professionals and patient care facilities. We are in business because you are in business. As such, we have a vested interest in making sure the information we provide to you is as...

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Online Exclusive

Uncomfortable Liners Can Make or Break a Fitting


EDGE Direct It's no secret that many prosthesis wearers suffer from painful socket pressure sores. That's why socket comfort is a high priority during a fitting. Now you can offer patients an outstanding solution from Ottobock-the new 6Y512 Anat...

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Research Takes Personal Turn for UCLA Scientists
By Miki Fairley


Stanley Nelson, MD, is a professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); his wife, Carrie Miceli, PhD, is a professor at the UCLA Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. Bo...

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