Pediatric Care - April 2018

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Updated Evidence on the Efficacy of AFOs in Children With Cerebral Palsy: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


When people in O&P think of pediatric AFOs, they likely also think of cerebral palsy (CP). As summarized in the introduction of a recent systematic review on this topic, "Orthotic management is a significant and useful treatment option for a n...

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Patient, Client, or Customer: What Should We Call the People We Work With?
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


In 1981, The O&P Almanac published an article by John Sabolich, CPO, titled "Professionalism Or What?" in which he challenged practitioners to update their practices to reflect a more contemporary, patient-centered focus. 1 "Sometimes the...

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Congress of Neurological Surgeons Releases Evidence-based Guidelines for the Treatment of Pediatric Positional Plagiocephaly
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) describes itself as "the leader in education and innovation, dedicated to advancing neurosurgery." Its mission statement goes on to explain, "We practice this by inspiring and facilitating scientific d...

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Today’s Consumer

Lilly Biagini: Attitude Determines Altitude
By Betta Ferrendelli


While many six year olds are still deciding which letter comes next in the alphabet, Lilly Biagini was focused on something much more momentous: she made the decision to have bilateral transfemoral amputations. Lilly, now a precocious, animated te...

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Perspective

Forging an Amputee Rehabilitation Clinic
By Toran D. MacLeod, PT, PhD


I emphasize my background and training in gait analysis in my practice as a physical therapist and as an educator of doctorate-level physical therapy (PT) students at California State University, Sacramento, applying the syllabus of Amputations an...

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Shop Talk

Friddle’s Vacuum Pump Overhaul
By Travis Petersen, BOCP, COA


Imagine you have plastic in the oven, about to come out, and you hear the vacuum pump make a horrible noise just before it loses suction. That happened at my lab right in the middle of a bunch of fabrication work. Thankfully, we were able to send...

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Industry Review - Conference

2018 Hanger Education Fair Draws More Than 1,100


More than 1,100 Hanger employees from across the country, including over 900 clinicians and therapists, attended the 2018 Education Fair and National Business Meeting in Las Vegas January29-February 2. With the theme "Breaking Barriers," the confe...

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Industry Review - Conference

Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium: Share, Inspire, Grow Together
By Betta Ferrendelli


More than 1,600 people attended the 2018 National Meeting of the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics (the Academy) February 14-17 in New Orleans. The event drew O&P professionals from all over the world to the Crescent City to experienc...

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Viewpoint

One Size Does Not Fit All
By Andrea Spridgen


O&P professionals generally place a great deal of emphasis on the customized nature of the devices and services they provide to the people with whom they work, thus eschewing a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. However, they may not acti...

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