The Upper-Limb Issue - December 2014

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Are We Giving Kids a Hand? Wrist and Hand Splints in the Management of Cerebral Palsy
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


In 2008, the International Society forProsthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)convened a consensus conferencein Oxford, England, called RecentDevelopments in Healthcare forCerebral Palsy: Implications and Opportunitiesfor Orthotics. I participated inthe e...

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ACADEMY SOCIETY SPOTLIGHT - There’s a New Touch in Prosthetics: Have You Considered Silicone Lately?
By Elaine N. Uellendahl, CP


HCR Silicone What do you think about when you consider the use of silicone in prosthetics fabrication?Do you think about the aesthetics of custom restoration, such as silicone gloves?Do you think about gel liners? Those are both correct, of course...

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Feature

Pattern Recognition
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


THE CONCEPT OF PATTERN RECOGNITION AS A CONTROL SYSTEM FOR UPPER-LIMB PROSTHESES HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE THE LATE 1960S AND EARLY 1970S. 1 HOWEVER, WITH THE RECENT COMMERCIAL EMERGENCE OF COAPT'S COMPLETE CONTROL™ SYSTEM, IT HAS MOVED FROM THE RESEA...

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Innovations

Yale Graduates Hope Device Will Encourage Brace Compliance in Children with AIS
By Betta Ferrendelli


The Smart Strap Monitoring System Provides Real-Time Feedback When Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut,graduates Levi DeLuke, Sebastian Monzon, andEllen Su were accepted into the university's Centerfor Engineering Innovation and Design's (CEI...

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Today’s Consumer

Amar Patel: Figuring It Out and Moving On
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


Amar Patel. Photographs courtesy of Chris Lake. When Amar Patel lost his left arm due to injuries he sustainedin a car accident, he and his prosthetist were determined not tolet his amputation get in the way of Patel's dream of becominga dentist.

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Perspective

Assessing Prosthesis Design Priorities from the User’s Perspective
By Susannah Engdahl, BS


The majority of commercially available upper-limb prostheses havelimited ability to provide dexterous movements and sensory feedback.Perhaps unsurprisingly then, it is common for people withupper-limb loss to abandon use of a prosthesis. While num...

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Sports

CAF SDTC 2014: The Best Day in Tri
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


It is called "the best day in triathlon" for good reason: camaraderie,smiles, and support abound. It is a misnomer, however,to call it the best "day" because the festivities surrounding theChallenged Athletes Foundation's (CAF's) Aspen Medical Pro...

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Education Outlook

Program Profile Series: Century College, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, and Spokane Falls Community College


The O&P EDGE concludes its series of National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)-accredited O&P programs by featuring three O&P technology education programs. Century College, Orthotic Technology and/or Prosthetic Technology,...

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Face to Face

Jack Steele, CO, LPO, FAAOP


In 2011, after working in O&P for more than 30 years, Jack Steele, CO, LPO, FAAOP, opened the Centerfor Orthotics & Prosthetics Inc. (COPI), Memphis, Tennessee. He sees patients, most of whom arechildren, at the two COPI locations, as well as at v...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Billing for O&P devices and care is complicated. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help ensure you are using the most current information when preparing your claims. This month's column answers your questions about documentation forprosthesis repair and rep...

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Industry Review - Conferences

Uniting Frontiers: The Future Is in Your Hands. Sow and Grow!


Perdomo welcomes conference attendees as he moderates the opening ceremonies. Photograph by Phil Stevens. For the sixth time in ten years, a coalition ofInternational Society for Prosthetics andOrthotics (ISPO) chapters from Mexico,the Caribbean,...

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Industry Review - Conferences

Footcare Professionals Convene for PFA’s 55th Annual Symposium


The Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) held its 55 th Annual Symposium & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, October 24-26. Attendees had the chance to earn continuing education credits by attending business and scientific programming, visiting the...

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Letter to the Editor

Re: On Loss, Limitations, and Overcoming Them, October 2014


The following letter is in response to the Viewpoint column in the October 2014 issue of The O&P EDGE, "On Loss, Limitations, and Overcoming Them." Dear Editor, Your Viewpoint in the October 2014 issue reminded me of a life event I thought your r...

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Viewpoint

…Another Auld Lang Syne
By Andrea Spridgen


I borrowed the title of my column from a line in a Dan Fogelberg song in which the characters reflect on the past while contemplating the present and future, in the spirit of the widespread use of the song "Auld Lang Syne" to mark endings and new...

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Online Exclusive

Endolite élan Foot Coding Verification


Following the recommendation of the PDAC, Endolite has been working with CMS to establish a new code that adequately describes the function of the élan microprocessor foot system. In a preliminary decision, CMS has verified that the élan meets the...

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Online Exclusive

Innovative Prostheses Enhance Skiing, Snowboarding Experience
By Miki Fairley


With the arrival of winter snows, avid skiers and snowboarders, including some who have lower-limb amputations, flock to the mountains to enjoy the exhilarating rush of motion and freedom in settings of spectacular natural beauty. Prosthetists have used their creativity and expertise to design lower-limb prostheses to make an exciting experience even more enjoyable. Here are two examples that might spark innovative solutions for others.

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