Pediatric Solutions: Treating Children with Limb Differences - May 2006

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Spina Bifida: Proper Care Helps Kids Have High Quality of Life
By Sherry Metzger, MS


The Doyle family. Four-year-old Michael Doyle of Phoenix, Maryland, races his twin brother Christopher around the local zoo, and long after Christopher's energy fades, Michael asks to go see the polar bears. As Christopher sinks into the oversized...

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Feature

Relief for Growing Pains: Expandable Internal Prostheses for Children
By Judith Philipps Otto


The idea of internal prostheses for children isn't new. For more than 20 years, surgery to remove bone cancer tumors from pediatric patients often has included an implant to replace the missing bone in the child's arm or leg-a welcome alternative...

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Feature

Research Study to Look at P.A.P. Cranial Helmet
By Miki Fairley


The P.A.P. (Plagiocephalic Applied Pressure) Cranial Remolding Orthosis developed by Fit-Well Prosthetic & Orthotic Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, will be the focus of a study later this year in collaboration with Primary Children's Medical Center,...

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Feature

Paralympic Athletes Travel Glory Road
By Miki Fairley


The 2006 winter Paralympic Games in Torino, Italy, began and ended in a blaze of glory. From March 10-19, participating athletes provided examples of hope, integrity, and courage that touched the world.

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Frustrated Mothers Come Together for Shoe Solutions
By Tina Eichner


Hilory Paster, VP Sales & Marketing; John Wall, PT, CPO, FAAOP; Lori Watson, Founder & President. Children: Samuel Paster, Hilory's son and William Watson, Lori's son. Driven by the challenge of findingfunctional, durable, comfortable, and fashion...

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Today's Consumer

Duncan Wyeth - Waging War on Disability Concerns
By Judith Philipps Otto


When Duncan Wyeth, executive director of theMichigan Commission on Disability Concerns, investigates issues ofconcern to those with disabilities, draws thoughtful conclusions,and makes his recommendations, he tends to truly grasp thesubstance and...

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Shop Talk

A Quick, Easy Way to Save Time and Money: Sealing Nylon Vacuum Socks
By Jack Pranzarone CP, LP


I would like to share with you a discovery I made afew months ago. Heat Wheel Sealer Having begun my career over 20 years ago as atechnician, I still have a slight bend toward the technical side ofthe house. Being extremely picky about quality wo...

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Progress on Parity

ACA Working to Advance Prosthetic Parity
By Morgan Sheets


To take on the critical challenge of advancinginsurance parity, the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) launchedthe Action Plan for People with Limb Loss (APPLL). At the beginning of January, key ACA staff met to finalize acampaign plan for 2006. W...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


The future of your practice depends onknowledgeable billing and collection information. Understanding thefull aspect of billing guidelines and procedures will effectivelyincrease your reimbursement. This iformative column will helpproviders and th...

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Practitioner Profile

Five Questions for John Izak, CPO


John Izak is an orthotist/prosthetist withOrthologix in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The practice is heavilyfocused on pediatrics with 95 percent of its orthotics work forpediatric patients. Orthologix specializes in difficult cases anddoesn't do a...

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Perspective

Mentoring Matters
By Jeff Frederick, MS, CPO


Japanese culture reveres its elderly, whileAmericans seem to view them quite differently. Why? Perhaps thefact that we are a younger culture has something to do with it.

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Viewpoint

From the Editor: Pediatric Innovations Bring Hope, Healing to Families
By Tina Eichner


I often wonder how different life might have beenfor my family. In 1968 my parents and my older brother awaited theApril birth of their second child. Tragically, a 2½-lb.

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