Orthotic Technology Enters a New Age - June 2012

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Orthotic Technology Enters a New Age
By Miki Fairley


For persons with paraplegia, stroke, and other neuromuscular conditions, advances in robotics and neuroscience have created new possibilities for regaining function. These advances could open up new possibilities for clinical orthotic practice as...

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Features

Powered AFOs: New Roles for Evolving Technology
By Judith Philipps Otto


Portable Power-Assist AFO. Photograph courtesy of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Considering new roles for technology that isn't ready for prime time in its original form may seem inappropriate.

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Features

Delving into the Details: AFO Characteristics in the Management of Post-Stroke Hemiplegia
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


In considering the wealth of investigation that has been done to evaluate the efficacy of AFOs, no population has received more scrutiny than the post-stroke hemiplegia patient population. Unfortunately, the presentations of the study subjects and...

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Features

Society Spotlight Managing Orthotic Treatment in the NICU
By Elisa de Jong, CPO, LO


By Elisa de Jong, CPO, LO Pediatric O&P is a subspecialty of our profession that can be fulfilling, albeit demanding and challenging—especially as it pertains to the orthotic management of infants. While it may appear that an infant, particularly...

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Today's Consumer

Orion: Choosing Wisely
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

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Better Business

Canine Niche
By Betta Ferrendelli


Ben Blecha, CPO, didn't realize how much growing up on a farm in rural Nebraska would shape his future—personally and professionally. An illness, a culture of community involvement, the distance to services, and raising animals all played a role....

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Sports

Third Annual Warrior Games Test Soldiers' Skill, Training, Endurance


First lady Michelle Obama speaks during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photograph courtesy of U.S. Air Force, Val Gempis.

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Perspective

Why I Became a Pedorthist
By P. Charming aka Michael Adams, CP, LP, CFo


A tongue in cheek (or tongue in shoe) look at how fairy tale history might have to be rewritten if Prince Charming had become a pedorthist. Ballroom dancing is my father's idea of a good time. Every Saturday night for the past two years he's hoste...

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Education Outlook

Part 1: Recipe for a Master's Program from Scratch
By Joshua B. Utay, MEd, CPO


Each of us has a unique answer as to why we entered such a distinct profession as O&P. This is mine: I listened to my mother. From grade school and into high school, I was interested in pursuing a career in visual arts.

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

The O&P EDGE: Ten Years of Excellence, 3,000 Years in the Making


For more than 3,000 years, O&P devices have been enabling individuals to live fuller lives, and for the past ten years, The O&P EDGE has provided valuable, in-depth industry information for prosthetists, orthotists, pedorthists, and related allied...

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Face to Face

Jeremy Murray, CO, OTL


Jeremy Murray has designed protective facemasks for several professional athletes, including Carlos Aaroyo. Photograph courtesy of MHSRC. Jeremy Murray is the director of orthotics at Michigan Hand and Sports Rehabilitation Centers (MHSRC), headqu...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify and time-consuming to appeal. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help you sort through the complexities associated with O&P billing. This month's column addresses your questions about using NOC codes, Medicare billing for co...

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Viewpoint

16 Days
By Karen Henry


Claire Lomas of Leicestershire, United Kingdom, completed the 2012 London Marathon on May 8. She completed the race 16 days after she started. She averaged two miles per day, according to various news sources.

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Online Exclusive

Endolite Expands Sales Team and Launches YouTube Channel


EDGE Direct Endolite is pleased to announce the addition of two territory managers to its sales team. Matt Carroll's territory will cover Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC. Lewis Gambrell's territory will cover Pennsy...

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Online Exclusive

WREX: Giving Kids a Lift through Life's Motions


Raising a spoon to eat, using a toothbrush, lifting a hairbrush, raising a hand in class: activities that most of us take for granted can present a difficult challenge for children and adults with arm muscle weakness. The Wilmington Robotic Exoske...

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