Fabrication - August 2019

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From Disruptor to Partner: 3D-printing Companies Take Their Place in the O&P Market
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


From industry disruptors to partnering with clinicians, manufacturers of 3D-printed orthoses and prostheses have made strides in recent years as they improve their devices and make them more accessible to patients. Advances in printers, materials,...

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Feature

Hand Skills and Technician Education
By Miki Fairley


With the increasing use of 3D printing, CAD/CAM software, and a push to use technology to increase efficiency, are traditional hand skills still as necessary for O&P technicians as in the past? Do O&P technicians also need skill sets in these more...

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Feature

How Does Having a Sibling With a Disability Impact Quality of Life?
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


In January, the parenting website Fatherly published an article titled "Brother, Sister, Rival, Friend: How Siblings Shape One Another's Lives." The article quotes a variety of experts and studies to describe ways in which our sibling relationship...

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Today's Consumer

Tilly Lockey: Inspiring and Changing Lives for Young Amputees
By Tara McMeekin


"Septicemia marks were just appearing on her skin like raindrops." That's what Sarah Lockey recalls about the day she and her husband thought they might lose their then-15-month-old daughter, Tilly. In January 2007, Tilly contracted meningitis B.

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Sports

National Records Broken During 5th Annual Angel City Games


Athletes, Paralympians, and attendees came from across the country to attend the fifth annual Angel City Games at the University of California, Los Angeles, June 20-23. This year's games offered seven adaptive sports clinics and competitions—track...

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International Topics

Prosthetics in Colombia, Part Two: The Military System
By Jason Rovig, CPO


I showed up to a gate that was barricaded and covered with razor wire, and my taxi driver hesitantly mimed if I was sure this is where I wanted to go. There were ten or so soldiers with machine guns and police dogs. Taking a deep breath and wonder...

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Perspective

Learning Has Changed, Has O&P?
By Chris Pujol, CTO, CPed


Long gone are the days of having to go to the library or taking a night class to learn something new. Today, we can go online to access the largest library of content that has ever existed. We can research, learn, or fix anything we desire by acce...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs? - August 2019


Count on Got FAQS? to help answer your toughest billing questions. This month's column addresses coding for orthoses, including for noncustom knee braces, delivery to a skilled nursing facility (SNF), and addition codes, and how to bill and docume...

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Editor's Message

Editor's Note - August 2019
By Andrea Spridgen


It's been more than 20 years since I finished my master's degree and completed my thesis, which required sending away for copies of research articles and source materials through what we called interlibrary loans—a process that generally took seve...

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