The Increasing Threat of Ransomware in Healthcare
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel
A kidnapping and ransom scheme-as if taken from a pirate movie-is playingout at businesses every day, but with a high-techtwist. As an employee tries to accessa computer file, an on-screen messagestates that all the files in that folder havebeen e...
Risk Prediction Equations for Lower-limb Amputation: The Changing Face of Healthcare
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
Earlier this year, as part of thepresidential primary election cycle,a candidate was confronted with aposition he had taken on a healthcareissue some 20 years earlier. His challengerobserved that the candidate's position onthe issue had since reve...
2016 Election Synopsis and Impact on O&P
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Steve Postal, JD
Note: The reported election resultsare current as of 9:00 a.m. ET,November 15. The Republican Party won the presidency and maintains control of the U.S.
Non-compete Clauses: Thoughts for the New O&P Professional
By Angela Montgomery, CPO
For a new clinician just entering the profession,it can be tempting to agree to almost anythingin exchange for a job offer. In fact, wheninterviewing for that first position, many peoplefeel as if they have no negotiating power at all. Iremember t...
An OP&P Approach to Fall Prevention
By Dennis Janisse, CPed
The prevention of falls among the elderly population has become amajor initiative for healthcare providers and insurers in the UnitedStates and many countries around the world. This issue concerns theOP&P community as well, since older adults comp...
SDTC: The Power of the Human Spirit
(Photographs courtesy of Frank Colosi Photography and CAF unless otherwise noted.) In 1994, a group of friends gathered together to raise money to purchase a van with hand controls for their friend and fellow athlete, Jim MacLaren. They raised $4...
Prosthetic Documentation: A Ventriloquist Act
By Ashley R. Muller, MSPO
Sixty-six is an important number. It's the number of credit hours I andthe other recent graduates of the University of Pittsburgh's Master ofScience in Prosthetics and Orthotics program completed as aspiringprosthetists and orthotists. We have ent...
Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Running an O&P facility in today's landscape of enhanced scrutinyand changing billing requirements can leave even the most seasonedbilling professional feeling frustrated. If you have a billing question,Got FAQs? can help you sift through the conf...
Turning of the Year
By Andrea Spridgen
As we approach the end of 2016, we pause to reflecton what for many has been a tumultuous year. As anation, we have experienced a presidential electioncycle that has been, perhaps, the most divisive inanyone's memory-certainly in my adult life. Fo...
DVS—A Simple Solution to Better Suspension
The Dynamic Vacuum System (DVS) provides a simple solution for better suspension for your patients. Integrating innovative design with simplicity, the DVS by Ottobock reduces the movement between the limb and socket associated with limb volume fluctuations.
Do you treat idiopathic toe walking? For over
ten years, we have been using this design in
the vast majority of the cases we see. For the
right patient, this design works exceptionally
well to establish a normal heel-toe gait
pattern. We have found that physical therapists
prefer this design as it is less invasive and lower
profile than hinged AFOs.
Our fabrication facility is centrally located in
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Advanced Orthopedic Designs
Cost-effective automation for facilities of all sizes
Modify, carve, and thermoform. Newly released ProvelCAD modification software is easy to use and template based. The C7 Carver is not only fast and precise,
but its self-contained dust collection system is extremely quiet. The T7
Thermoformer, with IR sensing, consistently produces high-quality thermoplastic sockets from industry-standard preforms. Compatible with AOP, OBJ, and STL files.
Ypsilon® Flow is the newest member of the ToeOFF family of products. It's the AFO of choice for active patients with foot drop and no other ankle or proximal deficits. The increased range of motion accommodates different terrain and longer strides. The new geometry design provides a dynamic response for foot lift without restricting or immobilizing normal joint or muscle activity. A gradual heel rise allows for an intimate fit in the patient's shoe. It is Allard USA's goal to provide dynamic response AFOs without limiting function. Call customer service for more information today.
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.
Winner of the 2015 Spine Technology Award
This innovative new concept in bracing from Aspen is the only brace specifically designed for adults with scoliosis.
It has been shown to:
- Significantly relieve pain
- Increase mobility
- Promote better posture
- Improve the quality of life
Aspen Medical Products
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 Infinite Socket™ is the first modular and adjustable socket that empowers clinicians and users. Built-in tensioning systems, custom modular components, and advanced materials allow adjustability at the socket as the residual limb changes.
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
All Pro-Flex® feet feature a unique three-blade design with a foot blade
that incorporates a full-effective toe lever and a more anatomical split
toe. This innovative design helps generate exceptional toe-off energy
and a fluid, natural progression from heel strike to toe-off. Learn more
about the Pro-Flex family at www.ossur.com/proflex.
The end of rigid brims
The new SwingBrim™ technology offers the same dynamic brim comfort as the full Socket-less Socket™, but can now be integrated into existing sockets as well. No more static brim shape. No more hard ischial seat. It's the difference between sitting on a hard chair versus sitting in a soft hammock.
View the free SwingBrim and Socket-less Socket training at MartinBionics.com.
The OWLS® Program is a culmination of more than ten years of
clinical orthotic development accommodating diabetic ulcers
classified Wagner 1-4 with custom orthoses. These devices correct
and stabilize the ankle complex to better enhance diabetic wound
unloading and mobility and to promote healing. These orthoses will
complement the ongoing wound therapies and post-operative care
being offered at wound centers worldwide.
OWL products include:
- WHO™ Heel Relief
- WHO Forefoot Relief
- WHO Midfoot/Walking AFO
- shark-o™ Charcot Orthosis
- Advanced Diabetic Orthosis
For more information, visit www.orthomerica.com/owls.
The Silcare Breathe silicone liner allows moisture to escape. Unique moisture management results in drier skin, helps reduce the damaging effects of friction, and improves comfort and control.
Features and benefits include:
- Stretch zones: Seamless technology provides bidirectional stretch, improving comfort and contouring, and reducing shear force as it flexes.
- Laser-drilled perforations: Optimally sized pores distributed uniformly along the length and distal end of the liner permit the escape of air and moisture.
- Tendresse finish: A lower coefficient of friction than standard silicone reduces shear stress on the skin.
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.
NSP/CSP is a green, eco-friendly, natural fiber that creates no itch. Copycat fibers that claim no itch don't compare.
NSP/CSP is a unique fiber that is lighter and stronger, and offers half the stiffness and ten times more impact resistance than carbon. The stiffness can be regulated by fiber orientation to equal carbon. NSP/CSP is dynamic in its ability to be either stiff or flexible depending upon the practitioner's preference. NSP/CSP wets out fast because of its high resin fiber interface and low void content, which means the resin sticks and air does not get
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.
i-limb™ quantum is the standard for myo-electric prosthetic hands
and is the only upper limb prosthesis that can change grips with a
- Now available in four sizes!
- Call us today to learn more about our new i-limb™ quantum.
The MAGLOCK eases the frustration
of donning a pin lock liner for
patients who have transtibial or
transfemoral amputations and K1-
K3 activity levels. The MAGLOCK
is developed to deliver up to 90 lb. of
The large distal target allows the
patient to be 10 degrees off center and
still achieve suspension. The ultimate
product for people who have dexterity issues, have pin alignment issues,
or require a caregiver, and much more. No wires, no battery.
The ALPS Skin Reliever
eliminates shear forces and
friction, and prevents abrasions
on the skin of the residual
limb. It offers both superior
comfort and durability while
also accommodating for volume
fluctuations over the life of
the prosthesis. The ALPS Skin
Reliever provides superior elongation for very little compression
against the skin, reducing shearing and abrasion. There is no need to
make a new socket for this product, as the ALPS Skin Reliever can be
worn under silicone and gel.