Prosthetists and Their Patients - June 2011

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Prosthetists and Their Patients: A Good Match Can Be Life-Changing
By Susan Glairon


If the "journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," there is no doubt that the right prosthetic componentry can help a person with an amputation take that first step. Without the right prosthetist, however, the journey would not necess...

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Fueling a Life Lived Large
By Pam Martin


How pursuing life's passions strengthens the recovery process and stokes life after amputation. "Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain." —Joseph Campbell Peak performance in sports happens when the mind and bod...

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Feature

Moving Forward, Making a Difference
By Laura Hochnadel


To speak up for what you believe in and affect change at any level of government—local, state, or national—is one of our country's foundational principles. Participation takes various forms, from voting to rallying support for a variety of issues...

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The Power of Consumers to Affect Public Policy
By Peter Thomas


These days, many people believe that you can only get something done in Washington DC if you hire a lobbyist, pay a lot of money to a political figure, or work through a massive association with enough members to influence policymaking. Some peopl...

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Industry Leader

Hands, Head, Heart: Orthopedic Surgeon Douglas G. Smith, MD
By Miki Fairley


"Douglas Smith, MD, has been a wonderful advocate, a resource, and friend for the field of amputation. " —Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD For more than 20 years, Douglas G. Smith, MD, has been working to improve the quality of life for persons with amputatio...

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Shop Talk

How to Laminate Sockets
By Craig MacKenzie, CP, RTP(c)


There are many different ways to decorate a prosthetic socket, such as applying stickers, doing water transfer, and airbrushing. Of these techniques, using fabric for laminating is the most durable. However, the fabric chosen by the patient is not...

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Sports

Wounded Warriors on the Diamond in Washington DC
By Pam Martin


The first-of-its-kind Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) crushed the able-bodied Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) All Stars (35-10) Friday, May 6, in the first of three exhibition games held in Washington DC. The brainchild of Gene...

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Perspective

Parity Begins at Home
By Edgy


I got a call last week from Joey, a technician who used to work for me. He asked if I could work on his microprocessor-controlled knee. Between the manufacturer and me, we had been able to keep Joey's heavily used knee in the saddle for about five...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Peter R. Davidson, RN, CPO


Observing O&P practitioners "thinking outside of the box" drew Peter Davidson, RN, CPO, to the profession. At the time, he was working as a flight paramedic/registered nurse for a teaching hospital and Level I trauma center. The hospital's O&P cli...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Running an O&P practice seems to be getting more complicated every year. When you have a question and can't seem to find the answer you're looking for, count on "Got FAQs?" to help point you in the right direction. This month's column addresses yo...

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Industry Review

AOPA 2011 Policy Forum
By Karen Henry


Grassroots Efforts Really Do Make a Difference Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA), chair of the health subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee speaks at the AOPA Policy Forum. Photograph courtesy of AOPA.

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Industry Review

ACPOC 2011: Professionals Helping Kids Be Kids
By Eugene Banziger, CPO(c)


Venue to the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City, Utah's mountain backdrop provided the setting for this year's Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC) 33rd annual meeting, held at the Canyons Resort from March 30-April 2. ACPOC...

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Industry Review

Insurance Fairness for Amputees


The phrase "prosthetic parity" has come to define a central legislative initiative that the Amputee Coalition and our friends and partners have promoted for several years. Many of you are familiar with "prosthetic parity," and you may be aware tha...

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Viewpoint

Patient Perspectives
By Karen Henry


Ask just about anyone. We live in a busy world. We work hard, we play hard, and we try to help others.

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Online Exclusive

bebionic Hand Gets Even Better....!!!


EDGE Direct The bebionic v2 hand is now available in medium and large sizes, and includes major improvements to speed, accuracy, grip, and durability, in addition to new grip patterns and software features.Combining ease of control with design e...

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