Heath Calhoun: A Man for All Seasons - June 2008

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Understanding and Managing Chronic Pain in the Traumatic Amputee
By Judith Philipps Otto


Once, on the old "Dick Van Dyke Show," Van Dyke said sympathetically, "Aw, Stace-I know how you feel!" His brother wailed in angry frustration, "Nobody knows how I feel!" Pain is an intensely personal issue, as anyone who has ever felt great...

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Feature

Pain Management Methods
By Judith Philipps Otto


A broad and creative variety of techniques, devices, and strategies for managing pain experienced by the amputee have been utilized over the years, and new ideas emerge as older methods continue to evolve. The array ranges from sympathectomy, dors...

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Feature

Transpelvic, Hip Disarticulation Amputation: Taking Prosthetics to the Highest Level
By Miki Fairley


Christina Skoski, MD The most important thing to keep in your mind is: Life goes on" Christina Skoski, MD, advises high-level amputees. She knows what she is talking about. When Skoski was just 11 years old, she was diagnosed with a fibrosarcoma...

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Today's Consumer

Wayne Renardson: Expressions of Freedom
By Sherry Metzger


"To be free is to have achieved your life," wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning Southern playwright Tennessee Williams. A self-proclaimed "old boy" with ties to the South himself, Wayne Renardson often quotes Williams in his slightly posh-American accent...

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Perspective

Improve Your Negotiating Power and Profitability
By Susi Ebersbach, MBA, EDPEP0608


You didn't enter this profession to analyze data , and you probably have an intense disdain for "bean-counters." At the same time, your science/technology side acknowledges the need for validation of your work via data analysis, and your business-...

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Industry Leader

Susan L. Kapp, MEd, CPO, LPO
By Brady Delander


Susan L. Kapp, MEd, CPO, LPO, stepped on to the campus of Texas A&M University, College Station, in the mid 1970s, ready to experience not only the university lifestyle but American living as well. "It was a new world for me," she says.

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Shop Talk

AFO Trim Lines for Ankle Varus/Valgus Issues: High vs. Low
By Brady Delander


Kevin C. Matthews, CO/LO Every practitioner wants a happy patient. But to what end?

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Special Expanded Sports Section

Getting in the Game.. .Staying in the Game


Heath Calhoun: A Man for All Seasons Heath Calhoun enjoys a good rush of endorphins. "Going on a two-mile jog will always make you feel better," he says. "You may feel like you are going to die when you are doing it, but there is no bett...

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Residency Report

Learning to Speak P&O
By Ronald A. Roiz


According to linguist Stephen Krashen , there are two ways to develop the ability to speak a new language: acquisition and learning. Acquisition is an unconscious development of grammatical understanding, while learning is the conscious study o...

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Face to Face

Five Questions for Matthew B. Dobbs, MD


Matthew B. Dobbs, MD, associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, has dedicated his career to surgery and the care for all pediatric orthopedic conditions, and his primary interest inv...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Q: I read in a previous issue of The O&P EDGE that L-1855 was no longer a valid code, and the new code is L-1846. Do you know what codes we can bill for additions when using L-1846? It is not easy keeping up with Medicare changes.

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Viewpoint

(Almost) Everybody Hurts
By Karen Henry


In preparing for this issue, I did a Google™ search on the term "chronic pain." The search yielded more than seven million results. The top results ranged from a Wikipedia entry and a plethora of medical and health-related websites to an article t...

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EDGE Direct Sponsored Story

Velocity Introduces New Expulsion Valve


The new Velocity expulsion valve can be used for check sockets. Using the VMP-007 mounting plate with valve dummy, the check socket is attached to the mounting plate with Bondo™ and fiberglass tape. When it has set, simply drill a hole through the...

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EDGE Direct

Technology in Practice
By Paul E. Prusakowski, CPO, FAAOP


Accreditation deadlines are coming up, and it'stime to get our policies and procedures tidied up and ready to beplaced under the microscope of one of the accreditation agenciesthat have been approved to evaluate our acceptability to provideO&P ser...

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