Going Cyborg - October 2016

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Going Cyborg: Advanced Prosthetic Technologies Take the Spotlight
By Sherri Edge


Sharif Dakhan appreciates the "cool factor"of his bebionic hand. Photographs courtesy of Advanced Arm Dynamics. When Rebekah Marine glided down therunway as part of New York FashionWeek in February 2015, she wore ashort, slinky dress, silver body...

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The Prevalence and Impact of Pain Associated With Upper-limb Amputation
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


The prevalence of MSCsamong those with limbabsence was twice thatobserved in the generalpopulation, reportedat 57 percent over thelast four weeks and at65 percent for at leastfour consecutive weeksduring the past year. --> In 2011, The O&P EDGE pu...

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Academy Society Spotlight: Considering Amputation to Gain Function
By Jeremy Farley, CPO/L


While the percentage ofupper-limb amputationsis small compared tolower-limb amputations,injuries to the upper limbaccount for almost one-fifthof emergency roomvisits. 1 Injury to the upperlimb also has a higherimpact on the individual'soverall fun...

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Today’s Consumer

Jonathan Cowley: Prosthesis Provides New Outlook, Hope
By Tara Buddington


Cowley attempts to pull the sword from the stone at Disneyland and says the photo attests that "not even a cyborg can pull that sword out of the stone." Photographs courtesy of Jonathan Cowley and biodesigns . When Jonathan Cowleynoticed a lump in...

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Shop Talk

Delivering Consistent Fabrication, Every Time
By Jason Kimmel


When looking at the finished products fabricated in your facility, can you tell one technician's work from another's? Do you see a quality difference from device to device? Do you often see a lot of waste or rework on certain steps in the fabricat...

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Perspective

Prosthetic Considerations for Patients With Quadrilateral Limb Loss
By James Vandersea, CPO


Every patient has his or her own expectations, goals, motivations, and ideasof what to expect from a prosthetic fitting, and every clinical presentationhas its own challenges. Treating patients with quadrilateral limb loss posesadditional consider...

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Sports

OPAF and The First Clinics


A participant learns how to get up from the ground after a fall, with the aid of an instructor. Photographs courtesy of OPAF . First Stride and First Things First Training and Clinic A First Stride and First Things First Training andClinic was hel...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Billing for O&P devices and care is complicated. When you havequestions, count on Got FAQs? to help keep your claims on track.This month's column answers your questions about replacingknee orthoses and using place of service codes.

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Viewpoint

Shaping the World Around Us
By Andrea Spridgen


Our hands and sense of touch connect us with people andour environments and are one of the ways in which mostinfants begin to explore their world. Our hands are alsothe chief expression of our fine motor skills and help shapeour understanding of t...

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Online Exclusive

How PEL Contributes to a Better Patient Experience


When practitioners have the time to build strong relationships with their patients, better health outcomes follow.

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Study: Mirror Therapy, Protection From Electromagnetism May Benefit Lower-Limb Vascular Amputees


Researchers conducted a pilot study to explore whether the combination of using a residual limb cover to eliminate electromagnetic fields and a mirror therapy exercise program facilitates healing and decreases pain for individuals with lower-limb vascular amputations.

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