An Eye On the Future: the Research and Education Issue - February 2018
Recent Grads Prepare to Make Their Mark
By Betta Ferrendelli
As in any profession, the baton is passed from one generation to the next. Here’s a glimpse of several new faces in O&P. These graduates, each having completed their education within the last few years, are working to make an impression on their c...More...
Creating Quality Time: QOL Following Dysvascular Amputation
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
In a previous article, "Health-related Quality of Life: A Developing Standard in Healthcare" ( The O&P EDGE, February 2017), I quoted the following from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People 2020 literature:...More...
Osseointegration and the O&P Practitioner
By Michelle J. Nordstrom, MS, OTR/L; Roy D. Bloebaum, PhD; Douglas G. Smith, MD; Brad M. Isaacson, PhD, MBA, MSF; and Paul F. Pasquina, MD
Osseointegration (OI) is a term that was more widely introduced by Per-Ingvar Branemark, MD, PhD, to explain the attachment of bone to the surface of metal implants. His son, Rickard Branemark, MD, PhD, MS, furthered this work and extended the...More...
Evidence-based Practice: Do the Rules Apply to Us?
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)
The role that research evidence should play in day-to-day practice has been one of the most formidable issues the O&P profession has addressed over the past few decades. The increased focus on outcome measurement, pressures from reimbursement...More...
Long List of Health Policy Tops Congress’ Agenda
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Leif Brierley, MPH
The second session of the115th Congress began on January 8, and Congress returned to a packed short-term agenda. The Senate gaveled in and immediately confirmed two new members, trimming the Senate Republican majority to 51-49. The House and Senat...More...
Conducting a Biomechanical Evaluation, Part II
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed
In Part I of this series, we considered the biomechanical evaluation of the foot and ankle with a seated patient, and outlined some of the steps to test joint ranges of motion and end position ( The O&P EDGE, December2017). Understanding the me...More...
Mackie Joints: Treating the Extreme
By Travis Petersen, BOCP, COA
I treated a patient with cerebral palsy during his physical therapy appointment. He had extreme wrist flexion contractures, elbow contractures, and hypertonia. The physical therapist had tried serial casting to no avail, and the casting had begun...More...
Lessons Learned from Three Generations of O&P Practitioners
By L. Bradley “Brad” Watson, BOCO, BOCP/LPO
The O&P profession is ever-evolving, but in the three generations of my family's practice, Clarksville Limb & Brace & Rehab, Tennessee, the one constant has been our passion for helping patients. In today's challenging practice climate...More...
Founding an O&P Student Society
By Rebecca Cook
In August 2017, the 22 students in the 2018 cohort of the California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Orthotic and Prosthetic Education Program combined their academic and professional goals to form the CSUDH Orthotics and Prosthetics Soc...More...
30th Annual Hartford Ski Spectacular Draws 800-plus Participants
Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) hosted the 30th annual Hartford Ski Spectacular December 4-10, 2017, at Beaver Run Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado. More than 800 participants, including first-time skiers, wounded service...More...
Putting the Focus on Research and Education
By Andrea Spridgen
In anticipation of this month's American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (the Academy) Annual Meeting & Symposium educational event in New Orleans, this issue of The O&P EDGE highlights themes of research and education in O&am...More...
Meet Recent Grads in O&P
In the February issue of The O&P EDGE , we highlight several practitioners who are at the early stages of their careers. This Online Exclusive introduces two additional graduates who have completed their education within the last few yea...More...