Welcome Home: Helping People Transition to Life After Amputation
By Miki Fairley
Losing a limb is life-changing. How much life changesdepends on variables that make the challenges facingeach person unique. An amputation might be just a blipon the screen of life for some; for others, it may be likestepping into another world wh...
Every Step They Take: The Use of Activity Monitors in Prosthetic Rehabilitation
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
When we think of the role of advancingtechnology in prosthetic care, we tend tothink of advances in individual componentssuch as external power, microprocessorregulation, and pattern recognition. However,there is another technology track weaving i...
How Patients Benefit From O&P Policy Reforms
By Peter W. Thomas, JD
In the world of healthcare policy, patients and providers are usually aligned on the majority of issues, while health plans, businesses, and other payers usually take the opposite view. This is a general statement for which there are exceptions, o...
Counterpoint: Step Activity Monitoring for the Purpose of Personal Information Compared to Health and Scientific Records
By M. Jason Highsmith, PhD, DPT, CP, FAAOP, and Joseph A. Miller, PhD, CP
This article addresses information presented in the recently published article " Accelerating Outcomes Measurement in Clinical Practice With Fitbit " (Allie Cerutti, The O&P EDGE , March 2016. The premise of Cerutti's article is correct: Access to...
Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed
Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) is one of the most commondiagnoses of the foot and ankle, and it is more prevalent than ever due to anumber of factors such as an increasingly overweight and aging population.PTTD can be seriously disabli...
Medicare Should Follow the VA’s Lead
By Peter Seaman, CLP
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seems to befocusing a significant amount of energy on undermining the expeditiousdelivery of appropriate prosthetic devices to many of its Medicarebeneficiaries with amputations. Instead, I sugges...
Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Denials are difficult to identify and time consuming to appeal. Whenyou have questions, count on Got FAQs? to help keep your claimson track.
Industry Review - Conferences
AOPA Policy Forum 2016: Advocacy in Action
Duckworth addresses the attendees. Photographs courtesy of AOPA. The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) 2016 Policy Forum was held in Washington April 26-28.
Outside the Clinic
By Andrea Spridgen
When we talk about limb loss or the conditions thatnecessitate orthotic treatment, we often stress thatpeople who are differently abled are not defined bytheir differences. Just as they are not defined by theconditions for which they seek O&P serv...
Accept the Challenge—New Ottobock Feet Take Patients From the Court to the Track Meet
Three new feet give your patients more options to get moving, stay active, and finish strong. Ottobock unveiled these feet at the Invictus Games, and now they’re ready for your patients.
What are MACRA and MIPS?
The Medicare Access and CHIP [Children’s Health Insurance Program] Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law in April 2015. MACRA replaces the current Medicare reimbursement schedule with a new pay-for-performance program that’s focused on q...
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:
- Now available in conical version
- 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)
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
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 website.
Spinal Technology Inc.
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.
Curbell Plastics is your one source for carbon braid.
Our carbon braid is made with a continuous, high-strength filament with superior saturation characteristics. It's a great option for fabricators who need to decrease socket weight without losing
- Stocked for immediate delivery in 12K weight in 4"-10" widths
- For definitive sockets with decreased weight, use our 6K, available in 6" and 8" widths
Curbell O&P | One Source
Extraordinary adventures begin with the new ultralow-profile RUSH™ ROVER! With a clearance just over two inches, even patients with the most extreme low or high clearance will benefit from the dynamic toe-off and superior energy return of the ROVER.
Capable. Strong. Comfortable. From rocky trailheads to the sidewalks of a concrete jungle, patients can navigate even the most demanding terrain with ease. RUSH ROVER-the world is yours; go live it! Now available in sizes 22-30cm. Visit www.rushfoot.com for more information.
We listened to you-the same material, same knit, and high quality now with enhanced features:
- New non-roll top looks great and eliminates bunching
- New knit-in "eye hole" reinforced distal hole option. No added thickness and minimal stretch. Patent pending
- Seamless, 3D rounded toe; Patent No. 7,363,778
- Available in original white CoolMax®, with or without the eye hole, or in X-Static-the Silver Fiber®
- Wicks moisture away
- Stretches and recovers to conform to limb
- Fine knit gives comfort and longevity
- Easy-to-fit sizes
- Easy care and shrinkage resistant
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
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 finish.
For more information about the Camber Axis
Hinge and other Becker products, please contact
our customer service department or visit our
U.S. Patent No. 5,542,774
RHEO KNEE 3® delivers both confidence-boosting stability and a dynamic experience for users who want to return to everyday activity. While other leading microprocessor knees still use traditional hydraulic solutions, only RHEO KNEE 3 features the highly responsive magneto-rheologic (MR) fluid technology, popularized by the aerospace, defense, and automotive industries.
This proven MR fluid makes it possible for RHEO KNEE 3 to shift almost instantaneously from the high resistance required for stability in stance phase to the low resistance needed for a dynamic, free swing phase. Request a demo today at www.ossur.com/rheoknee3.
The unlocking flexion wrist allows for better positioning during functional tasks such as:
- Cleaning tabletops
- Pushing a shopping cart
- Opening doors
- Stabilizing objects during cooking tasks
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Patients experience greater fit, function, and freedom with Orthomerica's new Fuzion™ line of custom orthoses. The Fuzion's design and materials ensure greater patient compliance for a variety of
challenging clinical indications. Available for select adult and pediatric patients.
- Proprietary, heat-adjustable plastic makes patient management much easier (versus traditional orthoses)
- New treatment options for patients historically not candidates for orthotic intervention and management
- Fuzion's compression design holds the patient in a secure, comfortable position while assisting with spasticity management.
- Accommodates volume changes
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.
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.
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.
Hersco's Lower Extremity Ankle Protection (LEAP) brace is designed to aid stability and proprioception for patients at risk for trips and falls. The LEAP is a short, semi-rigid AFO that is functionally balanced to support the foot and ankle complex. It is fully lined with a lightweight and cushioning Velcloth interface. Easily secured and removed with two Velcro® straps and a padded tongue. For more information, visit our website or call the lab toll-free.
Hersco Ortho Labs
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.
Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center
Feinberg School of Medicine