Perspectives on 3D Printing and Fake News
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)
Anyone who has been paying attention to critiques of the media over the past few years is aware of the phenomenon of fake news. Despite the recent increase in the use of this phrase, the label is not new. It was first used in the 1890s, and simil...
Cognitive Engagement of the Prosthetic Hand
By Gerald Stark, PhD, MSEM, CPO/L, FAAOP
Challenges of Upper-limb Prosthetic Acceptance: unlike the lower limb, upper-limb prosthetic management involves the additional challenges of active function and control of the components, operational comfort of the interface, maximizing sensory s...
An Algorithm Proposal for Upper Limb Prosthetic Continuum of Care
By Karl Lindborg, CPO/LP
An Algorithm for Upper Limb Prosthetic Continuum of Care (or Identifying the Elephant in the Room) is a concept that was inspired through my work and passion as a certified prosthetist/orthotist and clinical educator after working for the last 12...
Four Ways to Navigate Reimbursements for Advanced Technology—And Why It’s Worth It
By Blair Lock and Erica Karlson
"Nothing worth having comes easy." Theodore Roosevelt certainly didn't have health insurance reimbursements in mind more than a century ago. But his sentiment applies just the same, and harnessing that can-do spirit has propelled the O&P profess...
Sam Nicoll: When a Passive Functional Device Is the Right Choice
By Linda Calabria
As is the experience of many people who face a post-traumatic situation and amputation, Sam Nicoll found herself in a bit of a whirlwind. Nicoll's trauma occurred just days after delivering her third son when she was diagnosed with Strep A. "Three...
Ohio Set to Implement Rules for 3D-printed Prostheses
By Dianne Farabi
Changes to Ohio's orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics (OPP) licensure law will allow the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers (OTPTAT) Board to grant authority to an individual who is not licensed to practice prosthetic...
Got FAQs? - February 2020
By Lisa Lake
Billing for O&P services is complicated. When you have questions, count on Got FAQs? to help keep your claims on track.
Editor's Note - February 2020
By Andrea Spridgen
Unlike our lower limbs, which are primarily a means of mobility, our upper limbs serve many functions: fine and gross motor skills, providing information to our senses, promoting social connection through touch, and conveying our emotions throu...
With an ongoing mission to improve the lives of amputees through innovation and product improvement, PROTEOR USA is proud to introduce the all-new RUSH RAMPAGE LP, RAMPAGE LP EVAQ8, and RAMPAGE LP H2O.
The RUSH RAMPAGE LP features a similar, medium build-height profile as the RUSH LoPro and offers increased dynamic response and a higher patient weight limit, all while achieving an overall reduction in product weight.
Discover the exciting PROTEOR USA product line today. #humanfirst
WillowWood has reimagined our education program and expanded our offerings. Here's what you can expect from the new WillowWood Center for Outcomes, Resources and Education (CORE):
- Outcomes measures from research funded by state and federal agencies providing clinicians with data and support
- Resources for clinicians including instructional videos, clinical consultation, and on-demand webinars for skill development and advancement
- Educational courses, with ABC/BOC credits, relevant for clinicians as well as allied health professionals.
Say hello to WillowWood CORE! Visit willowwoodco.com/core.
Gen2 is the all-new and reimagined myoelectric pattern recognition control system from Coapt. Compatible as an add-on system to virtually every powered upper-limb prosthetic configuration, Gen2 unleashes an unprecedented level of personal, intuitive control for its wearers. Coapt's Gen2 introduces unrivaled new features:
- CONTROL COACH™ – An onboard AI companion guiding the wearer through accelerated learning and adoption of their prosthesis control
- ADAPTIVE ADVANCE™ – An extra machine-learning layer capable of continuously improving Gen2's harmony with its wearer
College Park now offers a robust line of lamination adapters. In our efforts to diversify our line of high-quality endoskeletal components, we now carry seven new lamination plates as well as one new flexion plate. This new selection accommodates almost any socket design and is made from materials such as aircraft-grade titanium and heavy-duty stainless steel. College Park prides itself on being a one-stop shop for all your lower-limb prosthetics needs. Try our new, high-quality lamination plates today, proudly made in the United States.
Your will. Your way.
The latest member of the Triton foot family helps your patients feel more confident with its unique degree of side-to-side flexibility and safe, full-ground contact—including on uneven surfaces. The M-L unit reduces the sideward tilting moments on the knee or in the socket. Simultaneously, compensatory movements can be minimized.
- Comfortable adjustment for increased sense of security
- Dynamic rollover supports vigorous walking
- Delivers the performance suited to each step
- Supports agile and high-impact movement across varying terrain conditions
Össur is a global leader in noninvasive orthopedics that help people live a life without limitations. Its business is focused on improving people's mobility through the delivery of innovative technologies within the fields of prosthetic, osteoarthritis, and injury solutions.
A recognized technology pioneer, Össur invests significantly in research and product development—its award-winning designs ensure a consistently strong position in the market. Successful patient and clinical outcomes are further empowered by Össur's educational programs and business solutions. Headquartered in Iceland, Össur has major operations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, with additional distributors worldwide.
The new Small Adult Triple Action® offers true independent adjustment of alignment, range of motion, and stiffness to promote natural, dynamic motion control throughout the gait cycle.
For additional information, please contact our customer service department.
Delivering an extensive, progressive product line that includes everything today's active amputees need to live the life they love.
We offer an innovative portfolio that includes everything from the virtually indestructible RUSH Foot collection to the world's first microprocessor-controlled hydraulic 4-bar knee with both stance and swing functionality—the ALLUX; the EASY RIDE multi-use extreme sports knee; the KEASY renowned prefabricated cones; the K2 GERY foot; and the flexible, all-terrain, DynaTrek foot.
Discover the exciting PROTEOR USA product line today! #HumanFirst
Now offering more Allard AFOs with half the heel height.
All 2 ½ models include the 2.0 features you love: choice of wrap-around or D-ring straps, shorter wings, and a Starter SoftKIT™. It is easier to adapt ToeOFF® 2 ½ & BlueROCKER® 2 ½ to shoes with lower heel heights because there is a lower forefoot curvature and more space in the shoe toe box.
ToeOFF 2 ½ Addition models are available in Camouflage, Birch, and Black. Call us or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your free Product Selection Guide.
ESP created the Flexi family of suspension sleeves as a comfortable, durable, and cost-effective alternative to traditional suspension sleeves. Preflexed at 43° for maximum comfort and natural unrestricted movement.
The Vista Lower Spine Line features:
• Substantial motion restriction
• A new, low-profile design
• Improved comfort, fit, and performance
To learn more, call or visit our website.
Aspen Medical Products
The ALPS Silicone Pro is a medical-grade silicone liner that has 1/5 the friction of regular silicone liners. Protected by ALPS knitted fabric, the fabric allows for extended durability and helps to reduce pistoning. It is available in locking or cushion suspension and will comfortably suspend patients in their prostheses and allow for freedom of movement.
For more information, call us or visit our website.
Propel your stride to perfection with Propulsion™ bracing from Tillges Technologies. The Propulsion bracing line includes custom-fabricated, dynamic-response, pre-preg carbon fiber AFO, partial foot AFO, and KAFO designs. These designs are crafted using dynamic carbon fiber, which stores energy to aid in ambulation. To learn more or to place an order, call or visit www.tillgestechnologies.com/fabrication/propulsion.
Now with the new one-piece frame and programmable in five minutes or less, the Plié 3 is stronger and more durable than ever. It moves instinctively at the user's own pace in any direction, whether taking small short steps or pivoting in confined spaces. It has the most responsive stumble and fall protection as well as customizable manual settings to allow for optimization for various activities such as hiking, running, or biking. In addition, it is both weatherproof and fully submersible.
It is truly a knee for every K3.
Get ready for race day with the new Obsidian blade line. The Obsidian Running Blade is available in a posterior mount option for kids and adults. The adult direct mount option offers a pyramid slide for a variety of alignment locations and easy adjustments. The new Obsidian Sprint Blade, intended for elite athletes, provides a curve- hugging split toe along with a snap at toe-off that will push the elite to a new level. Check out our website for more details.
The best anterior carbon fiber floor-reaction ankle foot orthosis in the O&P industry just got better.
New production process increases overall strength
New high-gloss finish
New highly durable materials
New washable liner
New strapping system with EZ adjustable lengths
O&P Solutions (formerly Spinal Solutions) is proud to serve the O&P industry. We support the O&P professional. We will never sell to your referral source. Check out our ad in this issue to learn more about our new initiative, Fighting the Evil Empire! O&P solidarity is job #1!
Consistently capture true anatomy under weight bearing conditions with the Symphonie® Aqua System, available through Cypress Adaptive. This innovative, hydrostatic technology replicates the exact forces one would experience while standing in a prosthetic socket. The accuracy of the weight bearing impression eliminates the need for cast modifications and enables the practitioner to achieve consistent outcomes and efficiently provide the patient with a comfortable, well-fitting socket.
Contact us for more information.