The Core Issue: Orthotic Management of Osteoporosis
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
As baby boomers age and the U.S. senior citizen population grows, experts speculate thatorthotists will see an increase in the number of patients who have a disease that coincides withaging: osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bod...
Back Again? Tracking Possible Causes of Low Back Pain after Lower-Limb Amputation
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
Periodic low back pain (LBP) has reported prevalencerates of 20 to 40 percent in the general population. Forpeople with lower-limb amputations, it's an even biggerproblem: Among those with transfemoral amputations,cited prevalence rates range from...
An Orthotist’s Dilemma: We Have Your Back—But Does it Need Bracing?
By Judith Philipps Otto
At some point, as much as 80 percent of the population will suffer from back pain. 1 The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality claims that in 2007 alone, about 27 million U.S. adults age 18 or older (11 percent of the adult population) report...
ACADEMY SOCIETY SPOTLIGHT: The Biology of Physical Restoration and Rehabilitation Science
By Michael Wilson, CPO, LP, FAAOP
INTRODUCTION Assessing outcomes for extracorporeal orthotic and prosthetic clinical and technological intervention may seem fairly straightforward. However, the resulting subjective interpretation might not fully capture or accurately reflect t...
Catherine Dwyer: Getting Past Pain and Back to an Active Life
By Judy Johnson Berna
Catherine "Cate" Dwyer spent most of her adult years using a lowerlimb prosthesis that didn't fit correctly. A wife and mother of six children, she says there didn't seem to be enough time in the day to worry about the pain it caused. But when the...
By Erin Cammarata
Hello everyone, I'm the president and owner of CBS Medical Billingand Consulting, Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. I have beenprofessionally involved in O&P for the past 23 years. I'm a self-proclaimed "Medicare enthusiast," meaning that Ienthusiasti...
Make Your Voice Heard, Get Involved in Your State Association
By Carey Jinright, LO, CFO, MSM
What is your view of your state's O&P association? Do you know whoserves on the board? Do you know what the association does?
Face to Face
Dwight Putnam, CP/L
After transitioning from a ten-year career as a commercial sculptor/fabricator during which time he created 3D characters and environments-artificial rocks and trees, giant cell phones, dinosaurs, and life-size whales, for example-Dwight Putnam,CP...
New Year, New Look
By Andrea Spridgen
As you open the new print issue of The O&P EDGE , you maynotice a few design changes. Late last fall, our creativeteam gathered ideas to create a fresh, innovative, newlook to kick off the magazine's 14 th year of bringingyou independent, relevant...
Say good-bye to buckets and welcome the next generation in prosthetic limb connectivity-the patented and patents-pending HiFi™ Interface and Imager System. Unlike traditional sockets that focus on fitting the periphery of the limb, the HiFi Interface and Imager System allows you to capture and control the underlying bone. Upper and lower-limb prosthesis wearers report a significant increase in control, function, performance, and comfort.
Be a part of the HiFi revolution. Register for our February 18 training in New Orleans, at . (This is not an AAOP event.)
The same level of therapeutic pain relief and support you rely on with Aspen's sized Summit braces is now available in an adjustable brace. The patented Sure Slot™ sizing mechanism offers multiple sizes in one brace that comfortably fits waists 26-60 in., and up to 70 in. with the extension panel. One-size adjustability means the correct size is always on hand, minimizing inventory requirements and significantly reducing costs. Adjustable and sized Summit 456, Summit 637, and Summit 631 braces are available and offer experts significant modification options to support various patient conditions. Codes L-0456, L-0637, and L-0631 approved.
Aspen Medical Products
The new medi 4Seal TFS Liner combines a revolutionary sealing technology with a unique self-gliding surface, providing extraordinary suspension, comfort, and ease of use for those with transfemoral amputations.
Features and benefits include:
- Integrated seals for easy inversion and a highly secure fit.
- Easy Glide PLUS outer surface-no donning aids or sprays required.
- Excellent tissue control due to a highly effective, full-length matrix.
- Optimal radial stretch for greater comfort.
- Simple to use gel-grip spacer socks for easy application (available separately).
Our accommodative foot orthotics are specially designed for patients with foot deformities. We offer a variety of materials for foot conditions such as neuropathy, Charcot foot, edema, or amputation; or conditions resulting from health issues like obesity, diabetes, sports injuries, or heart conditions. Custom-made foot orthotics provide support and relief wherever necessary. Apis provides you with a free 3D camera to eliminate impressions or casting-now it's just a push of a button. Fulfill all of your pedorthic needs under one roof. Call our friendly customer service representatives for more information or free samples.
Apis Footwear Co.
The Infinite Socket™ is the first modular and adjustable socket that
empowers clinicians and users. Built-in tensioning systems, custom
modular components, and advanced materials allow adjustability at
the socket as the residual limb changes.
Growing kids require the flexibility afforded by Syncor's TES Belt. The sturdy, washable construction of the TES Belt stands up to kids' tough demands, and the simplicity of design makes it user-friendly. Parents will be pleased with the affordability, especially during growth spurts. Our custom fabrication option gives prosthetists the sizing required for little ones, and specialty construction takes sensitive tissue into consideration. Our 30 years of experience as fitters and designers of applications for adults and children assures you of an understanding of the special needs for fitting kids. Ask one of our distributors for more information.
TAD products are designed for people with upper-limb amputation, partial hand amputation, or hand dysfunction. The TAD system temporarily replaces the hook or prosthetic hand on body-powered or electronic UE prostheses. The system can also work with a WHO brace to which a quick disconnect coupler is attached in the palm area of the brace. TAD's quick insert-release terminal device can hold a wide selection of interchangeable tools and implements including dining or cooking utensils; personal grooming devices; and tools for gardening, carpentry, mechanic work, sports, and hobbies.
Texas Assistive Devices
Hersco Ortho Labs is now a Richie Brace® partner lab! Podiatrists often insist on dispensing the original Richie for cases of PTTD, ankle instability, arthritis, and more. For faster turnaround on your Richie orders, send casts directly to Hersco.
Download prescription forms at www.hersco.com. Click on our Education tab for great tips and casting methods.
Certified pedorthists are available to answer any prescription questions you may have.
Hersco Ortho Labs
SPS is excited to announce the launch of the new SPS online
store, SPSCO.com, the world's largest O&P online store.
Featuring the most comprehensive O&P product portfolio,
live chat, custom shipping options, side-by-side product
comparisons, advanced search, and a fast and user-friendly
- Thinner profile (2mm).
- New black knitted fabric.
- Seamless, single-piece construction.
- Formulated with ALPS gel, the SFB suspension sleeve seals with the skin without restricting circulation.
Combining quality with economical pricing, the protect.4 evo offers the comfort, stability, and support required for ligamentous injuries. Featuring a durable, yet lightweight, malleable frame, the product utilizes the four-point design principle for optimal stabilization, as well as effective reduction of medial rotation.
Features and benefits include:
- Polycentric hinges for anatomical tracking.
- Numbered straps to ensure simple and correct application.
- Strong, yet light, aluminum frame for easy customization of fit.
- Low profile.
- Flexion, extension, and immobilization settings follow all popular protocols.
Specifically designed for people with Chopart
amputations, as well as Lisfranc, Pirogoff, Boyd,
or partial foot amputations, the RUSH76™ has
a dynamic design that gives users the ability to
be active and do more of what they want to do
without limitations. The unique glass composite
outperforms carbon fiber and is engineered to
be more flexible and durable than any other
Chopart device available today.
Contact us to learn more about the
RUSH76, RUSH81™, or RUSH87™. The RUSH™
feet are proudly handcrafted in the United States.
The Most Complete Line from One Manufacturer
Offered in PETG, PP Homopolymer and Copolymer, High- and Low-Density PE and EVA in Flex and
Superflex grades, SIMOLIFE® Sheet enables you to meet diverse requirements without compromise.
It is available in transparent, natural, flesh, black and white colors and a broad range of gauges, in sizes from 16 in. (406 mm) square to 48 x 96 in. (1219 x 2438 mm). All grades are FDA compliant and feature low, consistent shrinkage.
Call for Free Samples to Test Form
SIMONA AMERICA INC.
Now use the simple, reliable
VMP-007 with the E2.
The Adaptor Kit for the Harmony E2 adapts the VMP-007 for use with the Harmony E2 for perfect compatibility.
Evolution Industries Inc.
You asked, we listened!
Allard USA is proud to announce ToeOFF 2.0. The same function you have come to appreciate in ToeOFF-just a little face-lift to show you we listened. D-ring straps with alligator tabs are easily applied for right- or left-hand pull and reduce the chance of losing a strap. MicroFIX is now pre-applied for faster application of SoftKIT or ComfortKIT. New manufacturing technology offers a smoother and more scratch-resistant surface. The XL has been increased by ¾ in. to accommodate patients with longer tibias.
Every client is different. For the exceptionally active client in need of transtibial suspension, Syncor's Durasleeve HD is constructed of the highest-quality, heavy-duty neoprene for exceptional durability. Limited dexterity creates its own challenges, and the Durasleeve EZ meets them with the security of a virtually failsafe suction system, yet it is easy to don and doff.
All Durasleeve designs are constructed with uncompromising air-tight integrity. Outside, seams are reinforced with color-matched blind stitching. Inside, our exclusive, patented reinforcement panel minimizes wear. Custom orders are always welcome through your Syncor supplier.
Our three jointed elbow orthoses position along the dorsal aspect of the arm, eliminating any undue pressure concerns about the bony elbow condyles. Cost-effective, easy-fit designs simplify the fitting process for the clinician, increase comfort for the patient, and provide the necessary control and/or stability to address varying upper-limb and elbow-specific etiologies. The EMO™ Orthosis provides immobilization for musculoskeletal injuries and offers static progressive stretching. The QUAD™ and E-ROM™ orthoses are more versatile jointed systems that provide immobilization for musculoskeletal injuries and feature dynamic, ratchet-style stretching, variable ROM, and lock-out positioning settings all in one jointed system.
Anatomical Concepts Inc.
The Freedom Agilix™ is a multiaxial, shock-absorbing, flexible foot system designed to manage loading impacts, reduce socket shear forces, and improve comfort while walking on nearly any terrain. The ultra-lightweight design offers low-impact K3 ambulators shockingly comfortable performance at a value like no other. Learn more about the Agilix on our website.
The ORION2 microprocessor knee is programmed and customized to each individual user's walking patterns. The increased yield rate, fixed angle flexion lock, and cycling/free swing mode make the knee even more versatile for the user. The knee can be programmed via the PC-based ORION software and/or OnBoard Smart Programming.
Real-world results from a gait lab without walls.
The iPecs™ Lab System opens the door for gait researchers. It's a portable research-grade tool that accurately measures three-axis forces and moments experienced by a prosthesis user.
Without wires, you choose the environment.
RTC Electronics Inc.
The Air-Lock and Small Air-Lock dual suspension pin systems are designed to combine suction suspension comfort with pin suspension safety and security. The airtight seal of the Air-Lock prevents air from entering the bottom of the socket by creating negative pressure inside the socket (suction), which reduces pistoning even without a sleeve. The Easy-Off Lock, similar to the Air-Lock, stays airtight, creates suction in the socket, and can also work with elevated vacuum mechanisms. Its patent pending lever design makes doffing easy for amputees with hand strength issues.
A complete system for cost-effective
automation in facilities of all sizes.
Scan, modify, carve, and
thermoform. The cordless S1
Scanner allows fast, accurate 3D
shape capture with unmatched
ease of use and at low cost. Newly
released ProvelCAD modification
software is easy to use and
template based. The C7 Carver
is not only fast and precise, its self-contained dust collection
system is extremely quiet. The T7 Thermoformer, now with
IR sensing, consistently produces high-quality thermoplastic
sockets from industry-standard preforms. Compatible with
AOP, OBJ, and STL files.
Geritrex's SprayZoin™ is a tincture benzoin compound spray used by surgeons, orthopedists, orthotists, and prosthetists. This nonaerosol, antiseptic, and antipruritic spray toughens skin and increases adhesion of bandages without irritation. It is easily applied with a quick spray. A cost-effective product, SprayZoin comes in a shatterproof spray bottle. Geritrex is proud to say that we have designed and formulated this unique benzoin product. Medical professionals will be pleased with its results. Geritrex is an established pharmaceutical manufacturer of generic, cost-effective alternatives to many national brand products.
Now Accepting Applications
NUPOC's 21-month MPO program allows you to complete your first two quarters (6 months) and final quarter (3 months) online, plus four quarters (12 months) of supervised practicum on campus, where you practice P&O skills with individuals who live with neuromusculoskeletal impairments.
NUPOC graduates are eligible for NCOPE residencies and P&O certification examinations. The NUPOC MPO prepares students to become proficient, compassionate clinicians; assess, prescribe, and deliver comprehensive P&O services; apply research to clinical practice; and contribute meaningfully to the P&O profession. Apply today!
Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center
Feinberg School of Medicine