The Upper Limb Issue - January 2017

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A Device for Every Season… or Every Activity

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This is an example of a custom silicone socket that has no rigid lamination. The TRS Swinger terminal device used here was designed for hanging, but also works well for swinging a bat. Photograph courtesy of Handspring .

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Success at the Highest Level: Achieving Function and Aesthetics With an Interscapular-thoracic Prosthesis

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Photos courtesy of Advanced Arm Dynamics For 24 years, Sam Rosecrans relied onhis right arm to do his bidding. When hecast his fishing line, ate dinner with hisfamily, or headed out to work, his arm wasthere, effortlessly completing every task.Bi...

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Improving the Human-machine Interface: Revolutionary Advancements in Upper-limb Prostheses

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There are many limitations associatedwith the current interface between theresidual limb and the prosthesis for individualswith upper-limb deficiencies. The suspension of the device, whichcan be heavy, is often a product of awkward harnessing, loc...

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Jake McGehee: The Music Plays On

Today’s Consumer

Making a living without a forearm is manageable for Jake McGehee, but living without playing his guitar is another matter. With the help of friends and a prosthetist, the Choctaw, Oklahoma, man rekindled his passion for playing music after a chemi...

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O&P Certification Pathway for Allied Professions

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It's a question O&P professionals have been asking for years: How canwe feel confident that our certifications have a competitive advantage inproviding prosthetic devices and care when other medical providers, suchas physical therapists (PTs), occ...

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Time Well Spent

Residency Reflection

O&P practitioners wear many hats: We are care providers, problem solvers, scientists, motivational speakers, marketers, teachers, and psychologists. As a new practitioner, it is easy to focus on the plan of care and lose focus on the patients them...

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Standardizing Clinical Notes for Professional Success

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Over the years, I have read countless clinical notes from hundreds of orthotistsand prosthetists. Using those notes, I have fought audits, assessed the contentsfor prior approvals and authorizations and for compliance with Centers forMedicare & Me...

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Helping Patients Return to a Well-rounded Life

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Losing a limb or losing function of a limb is difficult no matter the circumstances, but for those with upper-limb amputations or impairments, it can be particularly difficult due to the types of tasks for which we use our arms and hands. In this...

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Brain Stimulation Can Produce Ownership of a Prosthetic Hand

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Being able to replace the function of a missing or paralyzed limb with a prosthetic device that acts and feels like the user’s own limb is one of the goals of applied neuroscience. Researchers have successfully used electrical stimulation of the brain to induce the feeling of ownership in two participants’ artificial hands.

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Össur Completes Integration of Medi Prosthetics

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As of January 1, global prosthetics innovator Össur, Reykjavik, Iceland, has completed the full integration of medi prosthetics.

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