Bringing Research Into the Clinic - March 2017

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O&P Research Supports Evidence-based Care
By Victoria Clark


With the increased emphasis on demonstrating the effectiveness of O&P care, establishing evidence is a vital step toward providing third-party payers with clinically based justification for reimbursement decisions. Research results, however, are n...

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The Rest of the Story
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Just under three years ago, the O&P profession was startled by the publication of the first randomized controlled trial (RCT) on the efficacy of cranial remolding orthoses. It was somewhat surprising that an RCT had be...

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Turning Knowledge Into Action: Using Research to Improve Patient Care
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


Images courtesy of Shutterstock Inc . Introduction Knowledge translation (KT)is "the use of knowledge inhealthcare decision making,"and it is often discussed inthe context of intentionallychanging clinical decisionsand behaviors based on evidencef...

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An In-depth Look at BIPA Section 427: What It May Mean for the O&P Profession
By Peter W. Thomas, JD


Courtesy of Shutterstock Inc . One of the last regulations proposed by the Obamaadministration was published in the Federal Register onJanuary 12 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services(CMS): a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking interpretingSec...

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Academy Society Spotlight: Advancements in Adult Scoliosis Bracing Using a Custom-made Adult WCR Brace
By Grant Wood, MS, CPO (UK), CO (US)


Aim This case study presents a descriptionand timeline of the results achieved byapplying Schroth therapy (BarcelonaScoliosis Physical Therapy School) anda modified Chêneau-type brace usingRigo principles-a Wood-Chêneau-Rigo (WCR) brace-for the co...

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Perspective

The Cycle of Service: Clinical Trials Through the VA
By Michael Wininger, PhD


Clinical Trials (CTs) are considered the pinnacle of medical evidence, as recognized by the Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine, England. A lot goes into CT operations: planning, conducting, and then analyzing the data, as well as budgeting...

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Stepping Out

The Biomechanics of Running
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Courtesy of Shutterstock Inc . In the late 1870s the eccentric Eadweard Muybridge began pioneering work photographing bodies in motion. Hisiconic pictures of people and animals opened a new chapter in understanding movement and the human body.Walk...

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Innovations

App Supports Self-management of Prosthetic Socket Fit Issues
By Daniel J. Lee, PT, DPT, GCS


Clinicians know that for new prosthesis users the task of donning a prosthetic limb and achieving a comfortablefit can become a frustrating stumbling block. Due to the variable shape and volume fluctuations of the residuallimb, along with the pote...

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Shop Talk

Six Nifty Lamination Tips
By Travis Petersen, BOCP, COA


After fitting a patient with a newprosthesis, do people say to him or her,"Hey, that leg is awesome. Where did youget it?" Custom laminations are definitely theway to get those kinds of comments. Here are afew tips to make your laminations easier.

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On Topic

Best Practices: How to Assess Accounts Receivable
By Erin Cammarata


Your accounts receivable (AR) are the heartbeat of your practice,and keeping a finger on the pulse is imperative to the health of yourcompany. A bounced check or financial pressures should not be thetriggers spurring you to look at your AR reports...

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Industry Review - Conferences

Hanger Education Fair and National Meeting


With the theme "Empower Together,"more than 1,100 employees fromHanger, Austin, Texas, convened in LasVegas for the company's annual EducationFair and National Meeting, January30 through February 3. The conferenceprovided continuing education abou...

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Viewpoint

What Does Research Mean to You?
By Andrea Spridgen


It's easy to think that research and everyday clinical patientcare are separate entities that have little in common. However,clinical practice and research are very much intertwined.In this issue of The O&P EDGE , we explore howpractitioners can a...

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Online Exclusive

Study: Amputation Level May Affect Post-op Pain


Phantom limb complex includes phantom sensation (PS), residual limb pain, and phantom limb pain (PLP). A study of the association between phantom limb complex in patients who had not received treatment for it and the level of lower-limb amputations found that the intensity and frequency of untreated PLP were higher early in the post-operative period in patients who had knee disarticulations, transfemoral amputations, or hip-level amputations. After six months, there were no significant differenc

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