Managing Post-Amputation Fall Risks - June 2019

Feature

Can We Catch Them Before They Fall?
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


If you conduct a Google search using the term "amputee falls" the first return is a link to a short article on the Amputee Coalition website. 1 The article, "Tips on Preventing and Handling Falls," carries as an ominous subtitle, "Lower-extremity...

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Feature

How Does Gender Impact Medical Encounters?
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


There is a riddle that goes something like this: A young man and his father were involved in a motor vehicle accident and both sustained serious injuries. They were rushed to separate hospitals so that the medical teams at each location could dev...

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Feature

Federal Medicare O&P Legislation Gets a Reboot
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Leela Baggett, JD


With the 116th Congress comes the need to reintroduce federal legislation that was not enacted into law in the previous Congress, including legislation to address the ongoing needs of Medicare beneficiaries who rely on O&P care. One legislative me...

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Today's Consumer

Leann Krayenhagen: Good Turn of Events Help Save Motorcyclist’s Life
By Betta Ferrendelli


If serendipitous could be used to describe the day Leann Krayenhagen had a motorcycle accident and nearly lost her life, she might be inclined to use the word. She certainly knows she is lucky to be alive. For years she was hesitant to purchase a...

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Stepping Out

Toe Walking
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Toe walking, although not considered part of the normal development of gait, is seen as a common variant that many children go through. Within the general population of toe walkers, the diagnosis of idiopathic toe walking (ITW) remains controversi...

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International Topics

Prosthetics in Colombia, Part One
By Jason Rovig, CPO


AN INTERVIEW WITH COLOMBIA'S ONLY ACTIVE DUTY AMPUTEE On my latest trip to Colombia I had a chance to catch up with Patrolman Carlos Munoz, the only active duty individual with a major limb loss among Colombia's military and police forces, in whi...

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Perspective

Mirror Shock: Viewing Self After Limb Loss
By Wyona M. Freysteinson, PhD, MN


After a terrible car accident, Danielle saw her badly burned body and missing lower limbs for weeks while she was in the hospital. When she got home, she caught sight of a person she didn't recognize in a full-length mirror. When she realized that...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A - June 2019
By Lisa Lake


Count on Got FAQs? to help answer your toughest billing questions. This month's column addresses manufacturers' warranties and the timeframe that insurers have to recoup payments made in error.

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Editor's Message

Editor's Note - June 2019
By Andrea Spridgen


For many, summer means getting out to enjoy sunshine and the outdoors. But this can create challenges for people with mobility issues who rely on the creativity and knowledge of O&P professionals to keep them off the sidelines. Chief among the iss...

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