2012 Paralympics - October 2012

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Inspiring the World
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


London 2012 Paralympic Games: Inspiring the World Photograph by Randy Richardson, courtesy of Hanger Clinic. Given the audience, the motto for the London 2012 Paralympic Games-"inspire a generation"- should have been "inspire the world." Seve...

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Grassroots Paralympic Programs
By Betta Ferrendelli


Building a More Active Patient Base from the Ground Up Paralympic sports garnered significant attention this summer, thanks to the excitement surrounding the Summer Olympics in London, England. But even though the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic fl...

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It Takes Two
By Judith Philipps Otto


Practitioners and Technicians Partner to Provide Fresh O&P Solutions Finding new and creative approaches to meet the multitude of complex O&P patient needs is a tall order, and achieving a successful outcome often requires a special partnership...

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O&P Fabrication Are We on the Same Page?
By Garrison Wells


It's not if-it's when. The move toward standardizing O&P fabrication procedures isn't new, but it's likely to trigger changes in how technicians are trained and educated, provide consistency in fabrication, and, some argue, boost profitability, im...

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Today's Consumer

Sydney Howard: "Flying Like a Birdie"
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


Sydney Howard says that of all the gymnastics she does—the vault, the balance beam, the uneven bars, and the floor exercise— she prefers the uneven bars because when she is doing her routine it feels like she is "flying like a birdie." "I'll go fr...

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Better Business

Expanding on an O&P Business Model
By Angela La Voie


Brandt When Jeff Brandt, CPO, opened Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 2004, he did not expect his business to expand at the rate it has, but he always had much more than a single-facility practice in mind. This year,...

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Shop Talk

Considerations in the Lamination Process
By Ronnie Graves, BOCPO, CO, LPO, RTP


There are many factors to take into consideration when laminating a socket. I typically laminate six different layups and share those samples with practitioners who wish to have Prosthetic Research Specialists (PRS) laminate their sockets. The pra...

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Innovations

Robo-Legs Provide Insight into Human Gait
By Kate Hawthorne


The Achilles leg built at the University of Arizona. Photographs courtesy of the University of Arizona. Developing O&P devices that restore 100 percent of lost human function and mobility following an amputation or debilitating injury has been a l...

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

A Century of O&P: U-M Orthotics & Prosthetics Center
By Andrea Spridgen


Prosthetic and orthotic technician Steven Cielinski works with a socket in the lamination room. Photographs courtesy of UMOPC. From its beginnings in the old surgical building on the University of Michigan (U-M), Ann Arbor, campus, the University...

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Face to Face

Louise Bensley, CTPO


Whether she's touring around the country on her Harley Davidson or focusing on her professional life, Louise Bensley is enjoying the ride. She has parlayed a part-time, work-from-home job sewing ankle and knee brace straps for an orthotics company...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
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 answers your que...

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Viewpoint

Momentum
By Karen Henry


Last month, I attended my sixth American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) National Assembly, and there seemed to be some real momentum building among O&P professionals. I spoke with more practitioners, technicians, fitters, and O&P assista...

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