Game On - October 2020
Game On: The Developing Realm of Myoelectric Training Through Game Play
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
Unlike other aspects of rehabilitation, where patients are trying to relearn previous motor patterns and skillsets, users of myoelectric prostheses are called upon to develop an entirely novel skillset in which unfamiliar muscle contractions are u...More...
Telehealth and Patient Engagement
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)
"Unprecedented times" and "the new normal" may be the most common phrases used to describe the dramatic changes in our personal and profes sional lives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. O&P practices have been forced to adapt their patient ca...More...
Case Study: Fabricating a Custom Silicone Partial Hand Prosthesis
By Ahmahn Peeples, CPO/L, ACSM-CPT, EIM
Fabricating a passive partial hand or finger prosthesis from silicone requires specialized equipment and techniques applied to a unique patient presentation, making it a challenge for O&P professionals to perform effectively. The goal of this pro...More...
Academy Society Spotlight: Experiences Within a Pediatric Myoelectric Clinic
By Joseph K. Brenner, CP, and Carl D. Brenner, CPO(E)
One of the smallest demographic groups cared for by orthotics and prosthetics professionals are members of the pediatric population who present with acquired or congenital upper-limb differences and have been identified as appropriate candidates f...More...
Transitioning Your Practice in Today’s O&P Market
By Betta Ferrendelli
More than two decades ago, Barry Smith, president and CEO of Lloyds Capital, sold his first O&P facility for $168,000. He sold his second one a short time later for $200,000. "Those type of transactions would be next to impossible in today's O&P m...More...
Post-graduate Job Selection and Student Loan Management
By Hannah Clark
Accumulation of student loans is a harsh reality for thousands of American students seeking higher education, but O&P graduates may find student loan repayment offered as part of a benefits package. "Many employers use these benefit packages as th...More...
October 2020 Editor's Note
By Andrea Spridgen
Rehabilitation for O&P patients is multifaceted, involving not just the device intervention but also working closely with other team members such as occupational and physical therapists, managing patient expectations, and finding ways to engage p...More...