Creative Prosthetics Solutions - August 2012

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Creative Prosthetics Solutions
By Garrison Wells


What gets your creative juices flowing? A challenging clinical presentation? A patient's request to be fit with the most advanced device available?

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Features

Examining the Uses of Virtual Reality in Prosthetic Rehabilitation
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Prosthetics patients must adapt to a variety of new realities. They place their body weight on artificial legs and reach out with robotic hands that respond to a series of contrived operational signals from their body. Their prostheses, in turn, s...

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Perspective

Ethical Considerations Behind Brain-Computer Interface Research
By José L. Contreras-Vidal, PhD


Ethical Considerations Behind Brain-Computer Interface Research Emergent neurotechnologies such as brain-computer interface (BCI) systems provide exciting opportunities for repairing, enhancing, and understanding the brain and the body. Specifical...

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Today's Consumer

Lynn Budde: One Step at a Time
By Betta Ferrendelli


High Technology Helps Toxic Shock Victim to Walk Again The BiOM powered lower-limb system provides Budde with ankle motion and stability to help her increase her mobility. Photographs courtesy of Prosthetic Consulting Technologies. Just over...

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Shop Talk

Set Up and Direct Lamination of a Blade-Style Prosthesis
By Todd Schweizer, CPO


When done correctly, lamination of a blade-style prosthetic foot can provide a strong, stable, lightweight solution while still maximizing the benefits of a high-profile foot. The following steps assume a successful check socket has been completed...

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Innovations

New Central Fabrication Technology Steps Onstage
By Miki Fairley


"There's a way to do it better-find it." -Thomas Edison (1847-1931) When one of the world's fastest amputees, Jerome Singleton, Irmo, South Carolina, competes in the upcoming 2012 Paralympics in London, United Kingdom, his prosthesis will featur...

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Sports

Paralympic Preview; Pistorius to Compete in Olympics


The days are ticking down to the August 29 opening ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games, during which more than 4,200 athletes from 165 countries are expected to compete in 20 different sports for what is being billed by organizers as the...

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Creature Care

Equine O&P
By Ronnie N. Graves, BOCPO, LPO, CO, CTP


Every O&P patient requires an individualized solution, but when that patient also has four hooves, the elements involved with creating a prosthesis or orthosis that will stand up to the rigors of daily use present challenges not typically seen in...

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Six that are 10


Most people would probably agree that starting a business is no small undertaking. According to a 2011 fact sheet produced by the U.S. Small Business Administration, only 34 percent of businesses survive ten years or more.

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Face to Face

Chris Cumsille, BOCPD


As a teenager, Chris Cumsille, BOCPD, spent his winters carving turns as he raced down the snowy New England slopes, always trying to better his times. His passion for skiing, in a roundabout way, introduced him to the O&P profession. As a 16-year...

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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 coding for cosmetic additions, toe fillers...

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Viewpoint

Have You Hugged Your Referral Sources Lately?
By Karen Henry


A few months back, my primary care physician (PCP) recommended that I begin seeing a physiatrist to help me manage symptoms associated with having muscular dystrophy (MD). I agreed, but when I asked her if she knew any good physiatrists in the are...

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Online Exclusive

Endolite Presents the avalon—the Latest Advancement for the K2 Patient Population


EDGE Direct Endolite is proud to present the newest advancement for the K2 patient population—the avalon. The avalon, with controlled ankle motion and smooth roll over, offers the latest in biomimetic technology to level 2 amputees. The avalon pr...

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Online Exclusive

ACOs: What Are They and Should O&P Care?


More than 2.4 million beneficiaries are receiving care from providers participating in Medicare cost-savings initiatives. One of the more significant of those initiatives is the development of accountable care organizations (ACOs). An ACO is a gro...

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