The Core Issue - January 2015

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Today’s Consumer

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...

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On Topic

Trying Times
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...

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Perspective

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?

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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...

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Viewpoint

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...

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