If Disaster Strikes: Will You Be Prepared? - February 2012

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If Disaster Strikes: Will You Be Prepared?
By Betta Ferrendelli


What three O&P facilities are doing to rebuild, and what you can learn from them. According to the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Insurance Information Institute (III), earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, floods, droughts, and other natural...

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Service-Oriented Care: Can It Be Taught?
By Judith Philipps Otto


Neufeld Burdett Kistenberg Stark Rhodes Hovorka Parente Hornbeak Kapp Now, as never before, there appears to be increased humanitarian concern for those who are in urgent need of O&P products and care but ar...

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Young Turks: Who Are They Now?
By Miki Fairley


Boomer Hall Highsmith Jacobsen Stevens Last month, The O&P EDGE article, "Young Turks: Where Are They Now?" touched base with O&P professionals who were featured in the December 2002 article, "The Young Turks: How Are They Impacting...

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Feature

O&P Services in Haiti Look to a Sustainable Future
By Jim Rogers, CPO, FAAOP


A tent city near the Port-au-Prince airport. On January 12, 2012, Haiti reached the two-year mark since the devastating earthquake occurred just west of its capital, Port-au-Prince. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 200,0...

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An Update on the Hanger Clinic in Haiti


Ivan R. Sabel, CPO, chairman of the board of directors for Hanger Orthopedic Group, Austin, Texas, and chairman of the Hanger Ivan R. Sabel Foundation provided The O&P EDGE with the following update about the Hanger Clinic in Deschapelles, Haiti.

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Perspective

The Chiropractic Wellness Model as a Complement to Prosthetic Care
By Randall Kloor, DC


Limb loss compromises the structural component of the body. Whether the loss is an upper or lower limb, there is a change in spinal, pelvic, and even cranial biomechanics. The chiropractic wellness model can improve outcomes for individuals with l...

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Today's Consumer

Anthony Brown, PhD: Moving Beyond Existence
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


Those who wish to control their own lives and move beyond existence as mere clients and consumers—those people ride a bike. —Wolfgang Sachs, of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany, and the former chairman of Greenp...

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Better Business

Doing Good Is Good for Business
By Betta Ferrendelli


Mother Teresa once said, "We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love." When one gives monetarily or of their time and effort, the benefits in return are often difficult to measure in words. Just ask Kate Shipley, CP...

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Shop Talk

Fabricating a Polytol Socket for a Transfemoral Prosthesis
By Jason Kimmel


Wearer comfort with a prosthesis depends on the fit and design of the socket as well as the material used. New materials for residual-limb bedding have done much to improve users' comfort and expand technicians' skills. Every innovation in materia...

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Sports

DSUSA Ski Spectacular Draws 700 Participants


Exclusive live coverage from The O&P EDGE. Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), held its 24 th annual The Hartford Ski Spectacular December 4-11, 2011, in Breckenridge, Colorado. More than 700 participants from 30 states, 47 DSUSA chapters, and nine count...

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Ten Years of Responding In Times of Need
By Andrea Spridgen


Afghanistan: (Photograph courtesy of Hanger P&O.) Whether it's landmines in war-torn Afghanistan, hurricanes in the U.S. Gulf Coast, or an earthquake in Haiti, when tragedy strikes, the O&P community responds with open hearts, skilled and willin...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Kevin C. Matthews, CO, LO


At 19 years old, Kevin Matthews was living at home and attending college when he says he had the urge to expand his horizons. Knowing that the Army could offer him career training and a change of scenery, he says he decided to enlist. It was 1981,...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Billing for O&P devices and care is complicated. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help ensure you are using the most current information when preparing your claims. This month's column answers your questions about codes for microprocessor knees, workers' c...

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Viewpoint

Playing the Odds
By Karen Henry


Every day-whether consciously or not-people make personal risk assessments. For example, the odds of a person being struck by lightning during his or her lifetime are great enough-10,000 to 1, according to the National Weather Service-that we are...

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Online Exclusive

WillowWood Expands Alpha Liner Offerings


EDGE Direct Due to popular demand of the Alpha® Hybrid Liners and customer requests, WillowWood is pleased to announce new liner options in both custom and prefabricated liners. Select fabric and Hybrid gel are now available as options when orde...

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Online Exclusive

'Young Turk' Views O&P through Wide-Angle Lens


Growing up in a military family and living in several countries has given Shane Ryley, BOCPO, an exceptional ability to adapt to different environments and be open to new ideas as well as honing his communication skills. He puts these abilities, a...

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