A Device for Every Season… or Every Activity
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 .
Success at the Highest Level: Achieving Function and Aesthetics With an Interscapular-thoracic Prosthesis
Photos courtesy of Advanced Arm Dynamics
For 24 years, Sam Rosecrans relied on
his right arm to do his bidding. When he
cast his fishing line, ate dinner with his
family, or headed out to work, his arm was
there, effortlessly completing every task.
Billions of neurons were sending electrical
messages between his brain and nervous
system, dictating the fluid motion of his
shoulder, elbow, wrist, and fingers, a natural
biomechanical process that functioned
unnoticeably until July 1, 2015.
Improving the Human-machine Interface: Revolutionary Advancements in Upper-limb Prostheses
There are many limitations associated
with the current interface between the
residual limb and the prosthesis for individuals
with upper-limb deficiencies. The suspension of the device, which
can be heavy, is often a product of awkward harnessing, localized
pressures over bony elements in the residual arm, or sometimes unreliable
suction environments. Prosthetic control is both limited and limiting.
Jake McGehee: The Music Plays On
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 chemical explosion took part of his arm and nearly his life.
On May 12, 2012, McGehee was working to help rebuild a tool that was used in the Oklahoma oil fields.
O&P Certification Pathway for Allied Professions
It's a question O&P professionals have been asking for years: How can
we feel confident that our certifications have a competitive advantage in
providing prosthetic devices and care when other medical providers, such
as physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), registered nurses,
and physician's staff, are legally permitted to do so without the education or
certification we have worked for?
I recently took a phone call from a PT who requested that I add a buildup to a patient's
shoes after she had fit him with bilateral AFOs. I instantly went from being an orthotist
to repairing shoes. These types of encounters have made me think about what the
future holds for O&P.
Time Well Spent
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 themselves. What are they thinking and feeling? What are their intrinsic and extrinsic motivations? How will this information affect the plan of care and, more importantly, the outcome?
I have learned that the best practitioners wear all the hats I mentioned at once, quickly transitioning from care provider and problem solver, to psychologist, listener, and teacher.
Standardizing Clinical Notes for Professional Success
Over the years, I have read countless clinical notes from hundreds of orthotists
and prosthetists. Using those notes, I have fought audits, assessed the contents
for prior approvals and authorizations and for compliance with Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations, and just plain tried to figure
out what the notes were supposed to communicate. As you may imagine, clinical
notes are anything but standardized in O&P.
Helping Patients Return to a Well-rounded Life
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 regard, patients often require more than one type of O&P solution, and clinicians may need to tap into their creative processes to meet
" A Device for Every Season.
Brain Stimulation Can Produce Ownership of a Prosthetic Hand
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.
Össur Completes Integration of Medi Prosthetics
As of January 1, global prosthetics innovator Össur, Reykjavik, Iceland, has completed the full integration of medi prosthetics.
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.
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.
The Infinite TF and Infinite TT are the first custom-molded, modular, and dynamic prosthetic socket systems that offer adjustability at each component in response to volume and shape changes of the residual limb. The Infinite Socket® product line offers a holistic improvement in patient comfort, and freedom through its unique, dynamic design. For more information, email
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.
ALPS EasyLiner™ is formulated with EasyGel, which contains an antioxidant blend that is an effective hydroxyl scavenger and has been reported to have beneficial effects for the skin. The EasyLiner features a flat encapsulation for additional comfort, and high-performance fabric for more durability. It is available in 3mm and 6mm uniform thickness, or tapered 6/3mm distal to proximal.
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.
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
TRS introduces a stronger, more versatile, two-piece cable-harness hanger system in standard and heavy-duty cable versions. It features a reusable hanger component and a replaceable, less expensive ball adapter cable fitting. The new Binary Hanger System is constructed of high-performance stainless steel and is significantly stronger than conventional hangers. Additionally, the system allows for double swaging the ferrule, capturing the cable and creating significant extra strength.
It's another superior-quality TRS product.
The comfort of Vertamax and Evotec keeps getting better, and they are now available in beige, gray, and black. Designed with dense elastic for a perfect fit, these braces keep their form and provide consistent compression. Each style includes its respective anterior and posterior panel. All models are PDAC approved: VertaMax is approved for L-0627 (custom fitted) and L-0642 (OTS); Evotec is approved for L-0631 (custom fitted) and L-0648 (OTS). Evotec MAX is approved for L-0637 (custom fitted) and L-0650 (OTS).
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
A U.S. Department of Defense grant, awarded to Motion Control, Salt Lake City, Utah, funded development of a new Electric Terminal Device (ETD) and wrist system.
For many in U.S. military hospitals, the ETD is the first-choice hand replacement for function and versatility. The ETD is the only device that achieves true resistance against water, dirt, dust, and grease.
The next-generation ETD is in field trials, and should be available for limited pre-order in early 2017.
Motion Control, a Fillauer Company
- New titanium material increases the maximum carry load at the proximal segment by 50%
- Titanium material improves the protection of the motor from impact forces
- Titanium digits add 1 oz. of weight to the i-limb® hand
- Available for i-limb quantum, revolution, ultra, and access hands in S, M, and L
Contact us to learn more.
The all new www.college-park.com has been completely redesigned for you. Browse everything College Park in one place. Discover our unique product wizard to find the ideal foot, build the product to the exact configuration you need with an easy check-out process, place the order, and see the invoice or pay on the spot. Create your online account to get 24-7 access to your unique dashboard with online order history and order status, as well as special practitioner assets like technical manuals and educational resources. Explore the new and improved www.college-park.com today.
College Park Industries
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.
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.
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.
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
Do you treat idiopathic toe walking? For over
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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.
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