Living with Limb Loss or Limb Difference - June 2009

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Living with Limb Loss or Limb Difference: Overcoming Mental Roadblocks
By Miki Fairley


You are in your 20s, exhilarated as you zoom down the highway on your motorcycle with the wind in your face. Then, in what seems like the next moment, you wake up in a hospital, missing a leg. You are a 75-year-old with severe vascular disease, al...

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Patients Embrace the New SPL2
By Fillauer LLC


Patients across the country are expressing their overwhelming approval of the latest stance control knee orthotic joint from Fillauer, the SPL2. "I remember when I was being evaluated for my first KAFO, they showed me the knee joints available," s...

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Aron Ralston: Living the Questions


Aron Ralston may have America's most famous amputation. In 2003, Ralston was an adventurous 27-year-old who had left a job as an Intel engineer to attempt to climb all 59 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks—solo, in winter. That May, during a solo can...

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Developing Skills for Life
By Judith Philipps Otto


Those faced with limb loss must suddenly deal with a dramatically different set of challenges associated with daily living. For most, the circumstances surrounding their amputation are unexpected, throwing them abruptly into a situation with which...

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Adaptive Summer Fun
By Morgan Stanfield


While beautiful weather beckons and summer vacations stretch ahead, it's time to think travel. And if you have a mobility disability or wear an orthosis or prosthesis, you may hit a few rocks in the road, but there's no reason you can't enjoy your...

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From Mongolia to America, Part III
By Shebana Coelho


Final Thoughts: Q&A with Amaglan Donid

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Perspective

Over the Next Three Years
By Kendra Calhoun


It has been estimated that the number of people living with limb loss will more than double by the year 2050 to 3.6 million. 1 Adults and children are developing diabetes and peripheral vascular disease in the United States at epidemic rates. Give...

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Shop Talk

Consumer-Driven Orthoses
By Tony Wickman, RTPO


My favorite business mentor, Peter Schutz, the former CEO of Porsche, said, "If you listen to your customers carefully, they will tell you what your job is." These days, this is truer than ever. Our customers are becoming more educated and more aw...

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Today's Consumer

Warren Macdonald: Indomitable Will
By Morgan Stanfield


"Warren didn't just reclaim his old life, he took the basic model of it and made it bigger, better, and brighter than it was before." Some kinds of pain are beyond the power of imagination. No matter what details we know or the depth of our empat...

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Sports

Beautiful Rebels: Paradox Sports Celebrates Guts, Gimps, and Glory
By Morgan Stanfield


Aron Ralston 'tops out' for the first time after his amputation. Photographs courtesy of Paradox Sports. Paradox Sports is a nascent adaptive sports organization that rose out of the world of rock climbing, a dangerous, solitary sport performed in...

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Education Outlook

Education Beyond the Classroom
By Michael Carroll


I can't remember exactly when I started going to O&P professional meetings, but I do know that I have always enjoyed them. The 2009 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) in Atlanta, Georgia, was no exc...

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Face to Face

Five Questions for Scott B. Elliott, CP


Scott Elliot has a dream job for a CP who cherishes international travel, Himalayan trekking, creative engineering, and teaching. The Minnesota native is based in Australia, where he is clinical-education manager for Ossur Asia-Pacific. Elliott de...

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Got FAQs?

Billing & Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Frustrated by denials? When you need help with the complicated world of O&P billing, "Got FAQs?" has the answers you need to help keep your O&P practice running smoothly. This month's column tackles your questions about coding for FES devices, dia...

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Progress on Parity

Celebrating Victories
By Morgan Sheets


The 2009 legislative session has exceeded our expectations. Five states have passed prosthetic parity laws: Virginia, Maryland, Iowa, Arkansas, and Texas. Each bill requires insurers to provide meaningful coverage for prosthetic devices and care b...

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Viewpoint

Improving Your Health Literacy
By Karen Henry


When faced with a life-altering diagnosis that results in a limb amputation or reduced mobility, coming to terms with the diagnosis can be overwhelming enough. Achieving a broad understanding of the diagnosis and treatment options is beyond the gr...

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