Keeping Up With Senior Evolution - February 2016

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Today’s Consumer

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...

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Sports

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...

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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...

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Perspective

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...

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Viewpoint

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...

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Online Exclusive

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.

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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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