Keeping Up With Senior Evolution: Meeting the Changing Needs of an Aging Population
By Judith Philipps Otto
What it means to be a senior citizen is changing, and approaches to seniors' O&P care are changing too-but still have far to go, some O&P experts say. Intellectually, physically, and psychologically, what defines senior citizens has evolved signif...
Expanding Clinical Skills and Knowledge: Rehabilitative Care for Wounded Warriors Meets Unique Challenges
By Miki Fairley
The military service members and veterans who received injuriesresulting in limb loss while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom(OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and Operation NewDawn (OND) are a unique generation of warfighters. In previousc...
Refining the Portrait of Late Effects of Polio
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
I treat fewer patients with post-polio syndrome (PPS) thanI used to. I suspect this is true for most clinicians who havea decade or two of clinical experience. As practitionerssee progressively fewer cases of PPS, we are less able toevaluate a giv...
ACADEMY SOCIETY SPOTLIGHT: A Discussion on the Case for Rigid Bracing in Children with Neuropathic Onset Scoliosis
By Martin Matthews, MPhil, Dip OPTEC, MBAPO
For many years, spinal correctivethoracic-lumbar-sacral orthoses(TLSOs) have been prescribedfor children who presentwith neuropathic onset scoliosis(NOS), as classified by the ScoliosisResearch Society, and who also haveconditions like cerebral pa...
Orthosis Helps New England Farmer Live Without Pain
By Betta Ferrendelli
For roughly the last dozen years of Phil Stevens' life, pain has been adaily companion.Stevens, a third-generation dairy farmer on a 1,000-acre spread inBarre, Massachusetts, fell off the metal roof he was building in April 2003.He landed on the c...
The Hartford Ski Spectacular 2015: Fun on the Slopes and Ice
The program for the 2015 The HartfordSki Spectacular, held November30-December 6 at Beaver Run Resortand Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado,was packed with activities thatparticipants could choose from. Startingat 8 a.m. and extending into theeveni...
Stand-Up Adaptive Tennis Tournament in Chile Attracts “Incredible Talent”
The third International TournamentTAP ( Tenis Adaptado de Pie , or stand-upadaptive tennis) - Master Final, organizedby the Paralympic Committee of Chile, washeld December 11-12, 2015, in Santiago.Thirty-four athletes traveled from South Africa,Me...
Collaborate to Promote Patient Health and Well-being
By Vicky Graham, DPT, OCS, NCS
As a physical therapist, I value the unique skills the O&P professionprovides and enjoy collaborative patient care. A passion for helpingpeople after limb loss led me to work with others in creating anetwork of services and programs promoting the...
Rethinking the Person and the Population
By Andrea Spridgen
One of the challenges in providing O&P care is that eachpatient presents uniquely, whether in gait deviations, skinconditions, motivation levels, or that no two residual limbsare alike. This is compounded by the wide variety of patientsneeding car...
Independent Practitioners Rank PEL The Top O&P Distributor. Again.
A recent distributor study revealed practitioners prefer PEL over competitors, and for many valid reasons. The study, conducted in both 2014 and 2015, asked O&P practitioners to rate the major O&P distributors on a variety of categories related to service, greatest overall value, website, and other business areas.
Study Evaluates Resilience, Pain Interference After Upper-Limb Loss
A recent study was conducted to test mediating effects of positive emotion and activity restriction on the associations of resilience and pain interference to distress reported by individuals with traumatic upper-limb loss.
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Delivering maximum comfort and minimum visibility
Clearly Adjustable Heel Lifts are
helpful for correcting leg-length
discrepancies, Achilles tendinitis,
running or walking gait problems,
and other therapeutic needs. With
a firm heel lift designed for maximum
comfort, they provide just the right
height-they are adjustable in 1mm
increments to 12mm. They are also great to
wear with sandals, including strappy fashion
footwear, as the transparent material makes
them nearly invisible.
G & W Heel Lift Inc.
The TAD system for people with upper-limb amputations is designed to temporarily replace the hook or prosthetic hand on body-powered or electronic upper-limb prostheses to allow the user to safely perform a wide range of activities. For people with partial hand amputations or hand dysfunction, the system components can also be used with a WHO brace equipped with a quick disconnect coupler in the palm.
TAD's quick insert-release terminal device holds a wide variety 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
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.
This unique AFO has been designed for people with Chopart amputations who wish to remain active. A traditional, full-length AFO will often be stiff and feel unnatural to such a patient. Using a hinged ankle and flexible foot plate with a segmented dynamic filler allows flexion before providing a "stop" that protects the residuum and prevents shoe vamp collapse. The PTB design and the anterior shell redistribute ground reaction forces up the lower limb. For more information, visit our website or call the lab toll-free.
Hersco Ortho Labs
Spinal Technology is a leading
central fabricator of spinal orthoses
and upper- and lower-limb orthoses
and prostheses. Our ABC-certified
staff orthotists and prosthetists
collaborate with highly skilled,
experienced technicians to provide
the highest quality products,
the fastest delivery time (including weekends and holidays), and
unparalleled customer support in the industry.
Spinal Technology is the exclusive manufacturer of the Providence
Scoliosis System, a nocturnal bracing system designed to prevent the
progression of scoliosis, and the patented FlexFoam™ spinal orthoses.
For more information, e-mail , call, or visit our
Spinal Technology Inc.
The Camber Axis Hinge® provides an adjustable
range-of-motion ankle joint with anatomical
axis alignment that can be used in thermoplastic
orthoses. Equipped with seven different color-coded
range-of-motion keys, the Camber Axis
Hinge eliminates the need for posterior stop
mechanisms. The Camber Axis Hinge is available
in three sizes with a new, optional black non-corrosive
For more information about the Camber Axis
Hinge and other Becker products, please contact
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To make room for new arrivals, SPS is running a clearance special on Cool Blue Prosthetic Socks. The Cool Blue socks are cool, comfortable, durable, and now available for up to 20% off.
Features and benefits include:
- Closed distal end and reinforced distal end options
- One-, three-, five-, and six-ply
- Can be trimmed to fit without unraveling.
You asked, we listened!
You love the benefits of ToeOFF 2.0: The choice of
wraparound or D-ring straps with alligator tabs that
are easily applied for right- or left-hand pull; shorter,
low-profile wing design; preapplied MicroFIX to
save fabrication time in applying the SoftKIT or
ComfortKIT; easy peel-off product label with serial
number to apply to the patient's chart; the height of
the XL is ¾" taller for patients with longer tibias; and
a smoother and more scratch-resistant surface.
Call to receive your free ToeOFF/BlueROCKER
Original to 2.0 Conversion Chart and Flexible 2.0 ruler!
The Raptor Sky Hook is the first commercially available prosthetic
terminal device for both indoor and outdoor rock climbing recreations.
The Raptor was designed with input and field testing by Jon Sedor,
a nationally recognized, one-handed
climber. The Raptor is slim and strong
with multiple functional features that
- A solid titanium plate support body and stainless wrist adaptor system
- A friction-adjustable rocking action hook that adapts to various approach angles
- Three replaceable, recyclable tips (two polyurethane and one shapeable brass)
- Lightweight (about 6 oz. or 170g)
- Universal handedness
Available in limited quantities now!
Elevated vacuum systems typically require a
sleeve to maintain vacuum. The problem is
that sleeves are bulky and bunch behind the
knee, restricting range of motion. They can
also puncture, leading to a loss of vacuum.
Building on established Seal-In®
technology, the Unity Sleeveless Vacuum
System by Össur® is the first elevated
vacuum solution to generate 15-22 inHg of
vacuum without a sleeve.
Visit www.ossur.com/unity3 to learn
how to get certified, and check out the
entire line of Unity-compatible Flex-Foot®
feet, including low-activity, low-profile, and microprocessor solutions.
The élan biomimetic foot and ankle system with microprocessor-controlled plantarflexion and dorsiflexion resistance is now more user-friendly. New Micro-D port makes for easier charging and Bluetooth connection.
Features and benefits include:
- Microprocessor-controlled terrain response
- Sensors initiate change instantly
- Batteries contained within the ankle
- Variable response to changes in speed, inclines, and declines
- Bluetooth-enabled programming; new Micro-D dongle is easier to attach and features visual connection indicators
- User-friendly charger port for users with dexterity or visual challenges
Tidwell's Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker is
available in standard black with a removable
Plastazote insert, a full interface lining,
standard rocker sole, and DACRON back
straps attached with copper rivets.
Tidwell's Orthotics is offering the CROW with
a turnaround of 5-7 days at an incredible price.
Formulated with the ALPS GripGel, the new SFB seamless suspension sleeve provides superior comfort with a single-piece construction. The SFB sleeve features a new, black knitted fabric that allows the user excellent freedom of knee flexion. This new sleeve seals with the skin without restricting circulation, while the GripGel sticks to the patient's skin without causing shear forces. With a thinner profile of 2mm, the SFB is an ideal choice for those concerned about bulk.
BCP Group is a Nashville-based O&P management company
dedicated to enhancing the viability of the independent, clinician-driven
O&P practice model. Visit our website for a complete list of
member clinics and to learn more about partnership opportunities.
Pediatric and adult models
The Downhill Racer was developed
over three years of design and testing
that focused on providing hand-absent
skiers with improved two-handed
Features and benefits include:
- Snap-in and pop-out pole action for safety and convenience, in right- and left-hand models
- Preflexed pole angle
- Solid, flexible, high-performance polyurethane construction
- Fits 5/8 in. (about 1.6cm) diameter poles, and is modifiable to other diameters
- Applicable for Nordic poles and hiking sticks too
- Multiple flexibilities are available to meet specific age, weight, and performance criteria for custom tuning to the user
Introducing the new RUSH Kid™ pediatric foot. Built kid-tough, the
RUSH Kid pediatric foot can handle even the most extreme low- or
high-clearance patient. Run, jump, and play-the ultralow profile
build delivers the most dynamic energy return and smooth rollthrough
of any pediatric foot on the market today. Mud, water, and
sand are no problem! The all-terrain RUSH Kid was built with active
kids in mind. Say goodbye to broken carbon feet! The next generation
of RUSH Rebels has just arrived. Now available in sizes 19-21cm. Visit
rushfoot.com for more information.
The Darco Web Ankle Brace is a
true convertible brace that provides
excellent compression and can go from
an acute stabilizing brace to a support
brace with a simple adjustment. The
Web is easy to apply and remove via its
unique back entry, which eliminates
tugging and pulling the brace over a
sore or swollen foot/ankle. The bungee
closure system provides consistent
secure compression and allows for
adjustments without shoe removal. The
removable rigid stays provide excellent
stabilization of the ankle and control restriction. This durable nylon
product fits the left or right ankle. L-Code 1902.
No more static socket shape. No more hard ischial seat. No more loss of suction.
We've reinvented sockets from the
ground up. Using our NASA-based
hammock-fit technology, the Socketless
Socket truly conforms to the user,
providing a custom-fit socket every time
you put it on.
Fitting a socket is now micro-adjustable
in real-time, eliminating the
antiquated casting, modification, and
iterative test socket fitting methods from
View the free Socket-less Socket
training at MartinBionics.com.
medi USA is proud to announce its third and latest addition to the innovative Panthera family of feet with the new Panthera CF III-providing dynamic and smooth walking for the K3 amputee.
Features and benefits include:
- Plug-and-play adjustable heel for ease of use
- Excellent multiaxial compliance via integrated carbon and elastomer layers
- Pivoting dynamics mimic ankle motion
- Comfortable heel strike
- Fluid rollover and dynamic toe-off due to innovative, continuous carbon spring technology
- Available in beige, light brown, and dark brown
From your home, complete the first two quarters (6 months) and final quarter (3 months) of the NUPOC 21-month MPO. Spend four quarters (12 months) in mentored practicum at NUPOC, building P&O skills by working with people who have neuromusculoskeletal impairments. NUPOC graduates are eligible for NCOPE residencies and P&O certification examinations. The NUPOC MPO prepares you to become a proficient clinician, deliver comprehensive P&O services, integrate research into clinical practice, and contribute to the P&O profession. NUPOC accepts candidates on a rolling admissions basis.
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