Fit + Function for the Hip Disarticulation Patient - August 2014

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Improving Fit + Function for the Hip Disarticulation Patient
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


Mike Corcoran, CPO, cofounder of Medical Center Orthotics andProsthetics, headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, says he stillremembers feeling overwhelmed when he treated his first patientwho had a hip disarticulation. "When the patient walks...

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Feature

Bracing the Intrepid
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


The U.S. Army had a problem:The majority of itssoldiers' combat woundssustained while serving inOperation Enduring Freedomin Afghanistan andOperation Iraqi Freedomwere extremity wounds.Explosive injuries with openfractures, collectively referredto...

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Feature

Academy Society Spotlight: Choosing a Gel Liner
By Amy Watts, CPO


Urethane, silicone, and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) arematerials that can be used to fabricate prosthetic liners. A linercan be uniform in thickness or taper from its distal to proximalends. A common question among less experienced practitioners...

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Feature

Helmet Study Highlighted in The New York Times Is Flawed
By Ellie Boomer, CPO, LPO


Cranial remolding expert Ellie Boomer, CPO, shares her commentary on the helmet therapy article highlighted in the May 1 issue of   The New York Times. As a professional who specializes intreating children with cranial deformationby using a crania...

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Industry Leader

Dennis Janisse, CPed
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Dennis Janisse, CPed, is one of the most recognizednames in the U.S. pedorthics profession.He has been involved in the professionfor four decades and has been working on itsprofessional committees and councils sincethe 1990s. Despite his perennial...

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Better Business

Getting the Most from Your Practice by Looking Within: Part 4 of a Four-Part Series
By Christine M. Duprey


Part Four: How Are Your Contracts Impacting Your Bottom Line? The O&P EDGE concludes its four-part series of articles that focus on keyelements of your business and provide some tips for performing analysesand improving your processes. Negotiating...

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Shop Talk

Developing Transfemoral Cycling Prostheses for a Cross-Country Journey
By Zach Harvey, CPO


In this edition of Shop Talk, The O&P EDGE shares a prosthetist's creative solution for adapting lower-limb prostheses and a bicycle for his patient's cross-country journey. Jones and Harvey finish the two-day ascent over Hardscrabble Pass, Colora...

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Extraordinary O&P

From Recovery to Extraordinary O&Ps: A Journey among Friends
By Judy Johnson Berna


Landeros and Carron receive recognition for their Paralympic achievement at a Colorado Avalanche hockey game. Photographs courtesy of Nikko Landeros. Landeros and Carron, bottom center and right, with their teammates.

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Perspective

Improving Prosthetic Arms through Better Testing
By Wolf Schweitzer, MD


For those of us who live with upper-limb loss, we wear prosthetic arms for specific reasons, if at all. Improving these devices requires adequate problem identification and, thus, testing. To do this effectively, we must define what, exactly, shou...

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Sports

UCO Endeavor Games: Celebrating 15 Years of Sport


Photographs by Mike Wallo, courtesy of UCO Endeavor Games. Now in its 15th year, the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO),Edmond, Endeavor Games drew 340 athletes to compete in 11sports from June 5-8. The games are a nationally recognizedmulti-spo...

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Education Outlook

Program Profile Series: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


The O&P EDGE continues its series of National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)-accreditedmaster's level O&P educational programs. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Master of Prosthetics-Orthotics (MPO)...

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Face to Face

Todd McCoy, CO


While he was still in high school, Todd McCoy, CO, thought that his interest in healthcare was leading himto a career in physical therapy. But after a stint shadowing his uncle, Barry McCoy, CPO, at HasbroChildren's Hospital, Providence, Rhode Isl...

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Industry Review - Conferences

PrimeFare Returns to Nashville, Plans to Expand Presence in 2015


More than 160 practitioners from 24 states attended the16th Annual PrimeFare East Regional Scientific Symposium at the Nashville ConventionCenter, Tennessee, on June 13-14. Sixty-four total hours of continuing education units were offered, organiz...

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Viewpoint

Beyond the Headlines
By Andrea Spridgen


Individuals with lower-limb amputations often make headlines, from Paralympic runners with high-tech carbon fiber feet, to Amy Purdy's recent appearance on the television show Dancing with the Stars , to stories of wounded warriors returning to du...

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Online Exclusive

Evolution Industries Inc. earns the new Central Fabrication Facility Accreditation from the American Board for Certification.


Evolution Industries Inc., Orlando, Florida, has received the new Central Fabrication Facility Accreditation from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC), an independent, not-for-profit organization that...

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Online Exclusive

POA Shares Hip Disarticulation Patient Videos


In this EDGE Direct exclusive, Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates of Central Florida (POA), Orlando, shares videos of patients who use hip disarticulation prostheses. Amanda describes the lightweight, more comfortable prosthesis she uses, and Brett...

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Online Exclusive

Just in Time for the AOPA 2014 National Assembly: A Session Sneak Peek


The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) 2014 National Assembly, will be held September 4–7, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This issue of EDGE Direct presents highlights of some of the sessions that will be presented there.

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Online Exclusive

Össur Highlights Unity Sleeveless Vacuum System at AOPA 2014


AOPA 2014 attendees will have the opportunity to view the latest additions to the Össur® Unity® Sleeveless Vacuum System, which is now available for anyone with a lower-limb amputation, whether transfemoral/above-knee (AK) or transtibial/below-kne...

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