Success with Pediatric Patients - April 2017

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If you were asked to describe successful professional behaviors for working with pediatric patients, what would you include on your list? How would your list compare with those created by other practitioners? Would your list of professional actions include general behaviors related to communication, relationship building, and collaboration with patients? If asked to describe a good clinician that you have worked with, you would likely include things such as the ability to listen well to his or her patients, get along with everyone, or know how to talk to patients. Photograph by Heather Swanson Experienced practitioners would agree on many of the behaviors and practices that make up core clinical and technical skills in O&P: appropriate and high-quality impression techniques, modifications, designs, and fabrication. The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) Practice Analysis of Certified Practitioners in the Disciplines of Orthotics and Prosthetics provides a practice framework by outlining "a contemporary description of the tasks and responsibilities of the orthotic and prosthetic profession" based on practitioner surveys designed to identify "the domains of practice, the specific tasks performed, and the associated knowledge and skills required to perform each task.

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Filling Pediatric Gaps With 3D Printing

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3D-printed solutions in upper-limb prosthetic care continue to garner attention. While traditional prosthetic approaches persist as a mainstay in adult care, several entities have argued the value of low-cost, scalable 3D-devices for children, particularly those from families with low income or without insurance. While the bulk of the narrative surrounding 3D-printed prosthetic solutions has taken place in the popular media outlets of newspapers, websites, and various forms of social media, several reports have recently appeared in peer-reviewed literature.

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Stella Dibler-DeMare: Learning to Thrive With Prostheses

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When Stella Dibler-DeMare was born, she came into the world with a mild form of cerebral palsy (CP) and Nievergelt's Mesomelic Dysplasia, a genetic form of dwarfism she inherited from her father, Frank "Scooter" DeMare, 37. Her fraternal twin sister, Ruby, who is two minutes younger, was also born with mild CP, but not with Nievergelt's Mesomelic Dysplasia, says DeMare. The twins were born ten weeks early, on October 30, 2011.

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Developing an Action Plan for Your Business

Better Business

The beginning of a new year brings with it the feeling of a fresh start. What will we do with this opportunity? Will we follow through on our good intentions or end the year asking, "What exactly did we accomplish?" Did we further market share, profit, or our impact on patient lives? Do we have a measurement to tell us if we did? I challenge O&P practice owners and managers to name five things they purposefully set out to accomplish in 2016 and then succeeded in doing. Unfortunately, when talking to people in the industry, I have found many of us cannot meet that simple challenge.

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Experimental Pope Wrist Unit Modification

Innovations

In this Innovation article, The O&P EDGE presents problem-solving techniques developed by an upper-limb prosthesis user to address durability issues. Background I sustained bilateral hand amputations in an accident in 1954, at age 15. During my teen years, I spent many Saturdays in the company of Leonard Madison, my first prosthetist.

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OANDP-L Yields Advice for Treating Neck Pain

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A physician recently asked me to consult on a patient who has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), an inherited condition that results in hypermobile joints and often leads to dislocations. The patient has high posterior neck pain, early features of brachial radiculopathy, and two midcervical fusions. His neck pain is relieved by sitting with his hands cupped under his jaw or by lying down.

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Billing and Collections Q&A

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Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium: Learn, Discover,

Industry Review - Conferences

Exclusive live coverage from The O&P EDGE. The 2017 National Meeting & Scientific Symposium of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy), held March 1-4 in Chicago was full of energy. Many sessions were well-attended, with people lining up afterward at microphones to ask questions of the speakers; the exhibit hall was buzzing with chatter and product demonstrations; and after-hour receptions were filled to capacity.

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Pediatric Care Requires Dynamic Thinking

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Working with children, whether the discipline is educational,medical, psychological, or daily care, takes aspecial skillset-the ability to communicate on a levelthey can understand, provide a sense of comfort, reassurance,and, often, an abundance...

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Foot and Ankle Immobilization Increases Understanding of Amputee Gait

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The anatomical foot-ankle mechanism facilitates power generation during walking, but this mechanism is altered for people with bilateral transtibial amputations when they use passive prostheses. Researchers at Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC) studied the effects of bilateral foot and ankle immobilization on the gait of able-bodied participants to serve as a model for understanding gait and associated compensatory mechanisms in people with bilateral transtibial amputat

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Bouncing Back With New Transtibial Socket Technology

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After becoming a bilateral transtibial amputee two years ago due to a car accident, Anthony Butterbaugh was full of determination but also a bit uncertain of how active his future would be.

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ISPO WHO GATE Symposium, 2017 World Congress

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The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) 16th World Congress in South Africa will join the World Health Organization (WHO) in hosting the first-ever Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) Symposium on “Assistive Technology for All” on the opening day, Monday, May 8.

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The O&P EDGE Launches 2017 Salary Survey

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The O&P EDGE is excited to announce that its 2017 Salary Survey has been launched and will remain open through July. The survey is open to orthotic, prosthetic, pedorthic, and post-mastectomy professionals, and O&P residents who work in the United States. This biennial survey is now in its fourth iteration. The results, as well as comparisons to prior surveys, will be published in the October issue of The O&P

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