Cobb Angle or Balance? Trends, Debates in Scoliosis Orthotic Management
By Miki Fairley
My dad was the first to notice that something was wrong. One day when he was walking behind me, he could see that one shoulder blade was more prominent than the other. When we got home, he looked at my back, and it was obvious something wasn't right.
Q&A with J. Martin Carlson, CPO, FAAOP
By Miki Fairley
In a question-and-answer interview with Miki Fairley, J. Martin Carlson , CPO, FAAOP, provides his viewpoint on some of the issues involved in orthotic management of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Carlson is president of Tamarack Habili...
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Cobb Angle Relative to Overall Balance
By Andrew J. Mills, CO (UK)
1. The definition of a successful orthotic management outcome isgenerally a stabilization or improvement of the pre-treatment Cobbangle for a patient who had been considered to be at significantrisk of progression. The Scoliosis Research Society (...
TriaCII Scoliosis Orthosis Promotes Proactive Treatment
By Miki Fairley
James The TriaCII orthosis for treatment of adolescentidiopathic scoliosis (AIS) from Boston Brace International, Avon,Massachusetts, is a dynamic tension-based orthosis in which theforces acting on the spine are able to move with the patient,ra...
Making the Most of Movement: Gait Analysis and Bracing
By Sherry Metzger
Gait analysis, an in-depth observation of how aperson walks or performs certain functions, is an importanttherapist tool in bracing the orthotic or prosthetic patient.Historical work on defining the gait cycle is useful in assessingmotion and dete...
Meg Wolff: Beating the Odds, Becoming Whole
By Sherry Metzger
Bone and breast cancer survivor and transtibial amputee Meg Wolff looks back on her road to recovery, grateful for the unexpected gifts that came with it. Learning to trust her instincts, Meg Wolff began a journey to heal her body, using conven...
Tony Barr, 1947–2007: A Passion for Positive Change
By Jack Richmond
Tony Barr, 1947-2007 Tony Barr was my friend and advocate. I met Tony in 1992 when I was the president of the local amputee support group in Orlando, Florida. I needed money to fund the purchase of a leg for an amputee who had no means to pay fo...
AK Foam Covers
By Ronnie N. Graves, CO, RTP
There sure are a lot of ways to cover limbs today. With all of the choices we have to make-hose or skins, one-piece or two-piece AK, permanent or removable BK-how can you make sure your choice will result in the intended outcome? While the practit...
Disabled Veterans Broaden Horizons at WSC
By Miki Fairley
Disabled Veterans Broaden Horizons at WSC Skiers know the exhilaration, freedom, and fast motion the sport brings to them. And a record number of disabled veterans enjoyed the thrill of skiing April 1-6 in Snowmass Village, Colorado, near the wor...
Policy & Practice
What You Should Know about Accreditation
By John Latsko
In August of 2006, The Centersfor Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule thatestablished requirements for accreditation of DMEPOS suppliers inlaying the groundwork for the Medicare DMEPOS Competitive BiddingProgram. That rule detai...
Academy Meeting ‘Best Education Conference Ever'
The mayor of San Francisco, California, Gavin Newsom, issued a proclamation to help kick off the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) 33 rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium and declared Thursday, March 22, the Am...
PrimeFare Goes West—Again
PrimeCare O&P Network, Cordova, Tennessee,held its second annual PrimeFare West meeting in Salt Lake City,Utah, on February 23-24, 2007. "We deeply appreciate the support of our exhibitors, presenters,sponsors, and area practitioners as we focus o...
Face to Face
Five Questions for Pam Lupo, CO
Pam Lupo teaching clubfoot casting in Ghana, West Africa Pam Lupo grew up around O&P. The daughter of Eugene "Gene" Filippis, CPO, Lupos first job was sweeping the floors of "the shop" at Wright & Filippis, Rochester Hills, Michigan. However, sh...
Progress on Parity
Activists Unite in Support of Parity
By Morgan Sheets
The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) nationalcampaign experienced an exciting boost in April. Both NewYork and Pennsylvania held rallies insupport of prosthetic parity bills, and a new state has steppedforward in the fight for parity. On April 1...
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Denials are difficult to identify and time consuming to appeal. With mandatory accreditation, aging technology, and increased billing errors, running an O&P shop gets more complicated each year. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help keep your shop in top s...
How Time Flies....
By Tonja Randolph
This month, The O&P EDGE celebrates its fifth anniversary. It seems like such a short time ago that a small group of friends with experience in the O&P field and in publishing came together with what we felt was a unique vision for a publi...
The PROPRIO FOOTTM is
Ossurs latest addition from Bionic Technology. The
world's first motor-powered and artificially intelligent prosthesis
for transtibial amputees, the foot operates as closely as you can
get today to natural, anatomical functioning.
Includes the following key benefits:
- Identifies slopes and stairs after the first step and instructs
the ankle to flex appropriately.
- Allows wearers to more easily sit down or rise from a
- Creates a more symmetrical and balanced gait.
- Easy to set up and operate. In 15 steps, the device evaluates
and memorizes the wearers unique way of walking.
Forget the hassle! When you order offset
adapter plates from SPS, the screws are included.
Everything you need comes in one package. Economically priced, the
SPS adapter plate configurations are machined to
precision tolerance to meet your needs and those of your
Ossur's NEW Iceross® Synergy
is the first liner to use the unique properties of two different
silicone durometers to provide the perfect balance of comfort and
stability. Active Skin Care and the Wave feature make this the most
durable, comfortable, and flexible liner available.
Designed specifically for moderate to active patients, the
Iceross Synergy offers outstanding impact
protection and stability in the outer layer of shock-absorbing
DermoSil® silicone, while a softer DermoSil inner layer
provides superb comfort and suspension.
Available in 14 standard sizes and will retrofit to any Iceross
standard 3mm liner. Nine-month warranty.
Cascade Orthopedic Supply is proud to offer
Endolitea world leader in innovative prosthetic
products. Through popular releases such as the Multiflex Ankle,
BrioTM Adjustable Heel Device,
TT-Pro Pylon, Mercury Hi-Activity Knee, Navigator Foot, Elite Foot,
and the new Esprit Foot, Endolite provides
intelligent interface systems that enhance the lives of people with
limited mobility. Endolite also manufactures a
complete line of standard pyramid and full alignment adapters,
cosmetic fairings, and discontinuous cosmesis kits.
Cascade Orthopedic Supply
At Velocity Labs, we've had experience
manufacturing AK and BK double wall
sockets since 1998. Both double walls can be used with
standard expulsion valves and high-vacuum socket systems.
BK double wall systems are great for protecting
the sealing sleeve and allowing for a full-skin cosmetic finish.
AK systems separate the brim design from the mode
of suspension, so the seal is not lost during sitting or volume
fluctuations. Check out our website for information on all of our
products from central fabrication to manufacturing supplies.
The new Thoracic Extension (TE)
option for the PacificTM Adjustable
Collar from Becker Orthopedic fits your needs for low
cervical/high thoracic immobilization. Competitively priced, the
Pacific Adjustable Collar affords effective
control and limitations of cervical spine motion.
Available in one, height-adjustable adult size, the TE
option easily snaps onto the collar. May be purchased
separately or as a fully assembled CTO.
The Pacific Collar is height adjustable within
two predetermined ranges and can be securely and easily adjusted to
ensure optimal alignment and comfort.
Receive a FREE 30-can rolling cooler with every
SPS purchase order for a new SilhouetteTM LP or
the original SilhouetteTM prosthetic foot, manufactured
by Freedom Innovations.
This offer is valid on all orders placed through June 30,
The new Silhouette LP incorporates an integral
titanium male pyramid adapter ensuring easy and secure socket
attachment. Delivering the same performance and slim profile as the
original Silhouette, the new Silhouette LP
simplifies the fitting process to save time and money.
Sixty-day, no-risk trial period; 36-month
Lower Extremity Prosthetic
Systems give you a new model designed to drive best
business practices for practitioners without sacrificing superb
quality for patients. Otto Bock's Prosthetic
Systems deliver a complete system from test socket through
to definitive device for both transtibial and transfemoral
amputees. Designs encompass the full range of mobility levels from
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Combining the features of the
OrthoLuxTM and the LumboLuxTM, the
OrlandoLuxTM features front and rear
pockets containing semi-rigid molded polymer panels, an elastic
strapping system, and an anterior panel that is pre-drilled for
attachment of the optional ExtenderTM.
OrlandoLux is available in six unisex sizes
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and match to obtain the best fit possible.
Same-day order fulfillment until 8 PM EST, three-day shipping
for the price of ground, and a flat $20 fee for overnight
HOPE Orthopedic Inc.
The new OscillatorTM
Knee, manufactured by Hosmer, is now available from PEL
Supply. The manufacturer offers a one-year warranty.
Includes the following key features:
- Five-bar glide-flex polycentric knee.
- Rotary hydraulic control system.
- Independent flexion and extension adjustment.
- Adjustable stance-flexion stability.
- High-strength aluminum alloy.
- Rated for 300 lb.
PEL Supply is the authorized distributor for over 45,000
products from hundreds of the worlds leading manufacturers.
PEL Supply Company
Our latest innovation in microprocessor knee
technology. Activate it, and walk around. The
SmartIP programs itself!
The SmartIP adjusts to the
optimum function as it automatically detects what is happening
during the gait cycle. At any time, the wearer can activate the
knee and re-program it to suit specific activities and
Includes the following key benefits:
- Enhanced range of walking speeds.
- Smoother gait.
- Cost effective.
- User friendly.
- Proven technology.
Endolite North America
SPS announces the immediate availability of the
FullStrideTM stance control orthotic
knee joint from Becker Orthopedic.
FullStride utilizes a low-profile cabling
system to automatically unlock at the end of stance phase. At the
end of swing phase, when the orthotic knee joint reaches full
extension, the locking mechanism
re-engages to provide knee stability.
Competitively priced, FullStride utilizes fewer
specialized components to ease fabrication, reduce component costs,
and reduce follow-up maintenance.
Available as a kit, it can be fabricated using conventional
metal and leather, composites, or prepreg into a variety of
The new Low Pro Summit Lock from
Coyote Design offers zero-clearance suspension for patients without
the space for other suspension methods.
The lock is mounted proximally, similar to the original Summit
Lock, so no room is required distally. There isnt even a need for a
The Low Pro Summit Lock is easier to don than
the original and easier to cover cosmetically. Its multiple-tooth
design walks itself into place allowing for touch-free engagement
This is a high-performance, heavy-duty accessory
designed for the most demanding weight training.
The Black Iron Master (BIM) provides
unparalleled security and stability for heavy weight lifting, bench
pressing, dumbbell flys, dead lifts, squatting, etc. It is also
useful for adapting to a wide variety of other exercise equipment
available in modern fitness facilities.
A swinging gate clamps the bar between rubber saddles. It is
manually secured in place with a large wing nut. There are no quick
release or other breakaway features. Forged aluminum and steel
construction. Load rating 1,650 lb.
According to the new Medicare Supplier Standards,
you will need to be Facility Accredited. OPGA offers a manual to
assist in the daily operations of your business. The manual is in
an easy-to-read format, customizable to your own business. You
receive a binder to choose which policies you require and a CD,
which you can edit to fit your companys needs.
Create your personalized manual in weeks, not
Also included in the manual to assist you in making it through
the ABC Facility Accreditation Process, you will receive the
current FAP standards.
To give practices immediate access to reports and
information that can help them manage the financing portion of
their practice and encourage patients to get the optimal technology
they need, CareCredit, the nations leader in patient financing, has
added enhanced features and functionality to
CareCredit.com now features at-a-glance
reporting so practices can view application status, see when
patients apply at home, view patient available credit, and access
the practices account activity and transaction summary. Experience
these powerful and innovative new reports and tools at
Now through June 30, 2007, you will receive a
$100 discount on the purchase of a new
Trailblazer MA foot from Ohio Willow Wood.
The foot ankle combination in the new Trailblazer
MA provides exceptional performance and stability.
Compound Spring SystemTM maximizes the effectiveness of
the toe springs and provides energy return in a low-profile foot.
Three PerforMaxTM heel springs provide variable heel
action and customization. Five toe springs stiffnesses ensure the
right amount of flexion and comfort for each individual.