The Upper Limb Issue - September 2018

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Upper-limb Prosthetics: Pattern Recognition Shows Practical Promise
By Miki Fairley


Pattern recognition technology has shown promise in providing easier, more intuitive control of myoelectric prosthetic devices over the past two decades in research settings, though the concept and some research goes back to the 1960s and 1970s. H...

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Climbing to Westworld: Realism in Prosthetic Design
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


HBO's science fiction series Westworld is based in an amusement park populated with robotic creatures whose advanced construction and programming make them indistinguishable from humans. The realistic look, feel, and movement of these robotic pa...

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Updates on Prosthetic Rehabilitation Following Partial Hand Amputation
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Partial hand amputation is extremely common. According to the oft-cited Ziegler-Graham study on limb loss prevalence in the United States, amputations of the fingers and hand account for 92 percent of all upper-limb amputations, or approximately ha...

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The Value of a Washington DC Education
By Nicole Ver Kuilen


The following is a firsthand account of lessons learned from the ten-week fellowship I experienced this summer as the Inaugural Fellow of the National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP). One year ago this month, I...

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Today's Consumer

Tiffany Johnson: TMR Was the Right Choice After Shark Attack
By Betta Ferrendelli


Tiffany Johnson experienced an event few others have, and she has lived to share her story. Johnson, 33, was attacked by a shark while snorkeling in the Bahamas on June 2, 2017. She was treading water exploring a reef when something pulled on her...

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Industry Leader

Remembering an Industry Leader: Stephen C. Jacobsen, PhD
By Harold Sears, PhD


One of the most memorable characters in the recent history of U.S. prosthetics was Stephen C. Jacobsen, PhD, the primary inventor of the Utah Arm and the founder of Motion Control, now a Fillauer Company, who passed away in 2016.

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Perspective

OPERF Turns Ten
By Stefania Fatone, PhD, and Brian Hafner, PhD


This year marks the10th anniversary of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF), a nonprofit organization established to raise the standards of research in O&P. Founded with an initial donation from the American Acade...

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On Topic

Billing Company Secrets (Ssshhhh!)
By Erin Cammarata


In our years in business handling over 100,000 O&P claims per year in 22 states, CBS Medical Billing and Consulting has acquired some important resources and strategies that help us successfully navigate the insurance and reimbursement maze. I...

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor


Dear Editor, I'm writing in response to The O&P EDGE's  August articles on 3D printing. The issue of 3D printing isn't so much that digital innovation will make prosthetists and orthotists more productive and creative; it's that it will make them...

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Viewpoint

Advancing Care for Upper-limb Loss
By Andrea Spridgen


Providing upper-limb prosthetic care is often viewed as particularly difficult because of the complexity of trying to replicate the function of the human hand. Additionally, upper-limb prosthetic rehabilitation has been fraught with high rejection...

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