International Issues - May 2018
The Million-dollar Fit: Companies Develop Affordable Prostheses for Use in Less Resourced Countries
By Betta Ferrendelli
Every year thousands of people in impoverished countries undergo amputations. However, contrary to popular belief, armed conflicts or landmines are not usually to blame. Rather, the primary cause of most of these amputations is other types of trau...More...
The Think System Makes Its Way From River City, Iowa, to Belo Horizonte, Brazil
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
While the demographic of the O&P profession continues to get a bit younger with each passing year, I suspect many readers will recall the scene in The Music Man when the citizens of River City, Iowa, had a spot of trouble on their hands. They wer...More...
The Spirit Catches You: Cultural Collisions and Cooperation in Medical Encounters
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)
In 1980, a Hmong family relocated from Laos to Merced, California, a city about two and a half hours southeast of San Francisco. The youngest child, Lia, began having seizures when she was three months old and was eventually diagnosed with epileps...More...
The Impact of Religion and Spirituality on Rehabilitation Outcomes Following Amputation
By Roger Ramos Rose and John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)
In a 2014 survey by the Pew Research Center, 63 percent of the respondents indicated that they were "absolutely certain" in their belief in God, and 20 percent reported that they were "fairly certain." More than half of the U.S. population conside...More...
Running Inspires Hope and Healing for Spinal Cord Injury Survivor Wendy Garrett
By Tara McMeekin
By age six, Wendy Garrett knew she wanted to be a gymnast—and she didn't let anything get in the way of achieving that dream. At 39, she still isn't letting anything slow her down, including the accident that left her without the use of her...More...
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed
Few words on foot orthotic prescriptions cause as much confusion as the term Morton's. Morton's is simultaneously two different foot diagnoses, and three or more distinct orthotic modifications. One misunderstanding stems from the fact that two es...More...
PyeongChang 2018: Team USA Defeats Canada for a Three-peat Gold Medal in Sled Hockey
With so many electrifying moments during the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games March 9-18 in PyeongChang, South Korea, it may be hard to pick a favorite, but Team USA's sled hockey overtime win over Canada to earn its third straight gold...More...
Teachable Moments and Coaching Your Patients
By Byron Backus, CP/L
All too often as I'm fitting first-time prosthesis users, patients mention that a physician told them that they would never walk again after their amputations and would be relegated to wheelchairs or crutches. Some people might see that as a chall...More...
When and How to Use an ABN
By Erin Cammarata
Our practice receives numerous questions from clients regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Advanced Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) for Medicare claims. The ABN and the associated modifiers can be confusing, so...More...
2018 Policy Forum Draws Nearly 100 to DC
By Betta Ferrendelli
The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) 2018 Policy Forum was held March 7-8 in Washington DC, drawing about 96 O&P professionals, advocates, students, and consumers to the nation's capital to meet with lawmakers to urge imp...More...
Embracing Variety in Cultures and Perspectives
By Andrea Spridgen
While the most appropriate O&P intervention varies by condition, mobility level, and the individual, so too can the patient's culture and environment play a role in the practitioner's choice of intervention. In this issue, we explore perspect...More...