Is 3D Printing A New Toy or a New Tool in Pediatric O&P? - April 2021

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Is 3D Printing a New Toy or a New Tool in Pediatric O&P?
By Judith Philipps Otto


3D printing, an idea whose evolution has come a long way in a short while, is still regarded with ambivalence by some O&P clinicians. But its value in serving pediatric O&P patients is becoming evident in cases where practitioner input is a key a...

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Everybody Hurts: ACE and Trauma-informed Care
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


In an article titled "What is Clinical Empathy?" Jodi Halpern, MD, PhD, relates the following story to demonstrate how a physician's lack of emotional attunement increased a patient's distress. 1 A pregnant patient reported that she was anxious...

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Bracing the Curve
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


When it comes to the effectiveness of bracing as a treatment for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), the experts agree: It works and the more the better. "If they are younger kids, their growth plate has not completely closed yet, and if you...

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Academy Society Spotlight Bioethics in Pediatric O&P: Assent
By Scott Thach, MSPO, CPO/LO


A few months ago, I treated a bright and mature 12-year-old girl with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). She and her parents were there to discuss the differences in a Rigo-style TLSO versus a nighttime Providence TLSO. What was unusual was th...

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Better Business

Bullying, Mobbing, and Harassment in O&P: Results of a Negative Acts Survey
By Thomas Karolewski, CP, FAAOP


Introduction First and foremost, you are not alone. This is probably the most encouraging statement I can provide for those that have experienced workplace bullying, mobbing, or harassment. According to a 2017 Workplace Bullying Institute survey...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs? - April 2021
By Lisa Lake


Billing for O&P devices and care is complicated. When you have questions, count on Got FAQs? to help keep your claims on track.

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Perspective

UCBL Material Selection Varies for Pes Planovalgus
By Jennifer L. Wolbach, LCPO


I posed a question on the OANDP-L listserv to find out what materials other orthotists choose for UCBLs to treat pes planovalgus (PPV) and to gather thoughts about allowing dynamic movement. There was a wide range of materials selected by those wh...

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Editor's Message

Editor's Note - April 2021
By Andrea Spridgen


It's well known that pediatric O&P care involves far more than just fitting scaled-down devices for children. It presents unique challenges, as in childhood-specific conditions and growth rates, and exacerbates others, such as cost, durability, a...

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