DARPA's RP Arms Progress - February 2013

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DARPA’S RP Arms Progress, Nurture Related Wonders
By Judith Philipps Otto


Photographs of the MPL courtesy of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. Magic begets magic. Creation engendersfurther creation.

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Feature

Exploring the Benefits of FES on Gait for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Today's functional electrical stimulation (FES) devices for themanagement of foot drop include single-channel, surface-electrodesystems such as the Innovative Neurotronics WalkAide,the Odstock Dropped Foot Stimulator (ODFS), and the BionessNESS L3...

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Feature

Getting to Market
By Garrison Wells


From idea to prototype to final product, getting a new orthotic orprosthetic device to market can be a long and harrowing roadfraught with pitfalls. Anywhere along the way, a product canveer off course-or crash and burn completely. Development cos...

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Feature

O&P Technology Honors U.S. Veterans’ Legacy
By Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP


According to the U.S. Census Bureau 2010 American CommunitySurvey, there are nearly 21.8 million military veteransliving in the United States. Of those, more than ninemillion-nearly 42 percent-are age 65 and over.

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Better Business

New Faces in O&P Leadership


A conversation with Vinit Asar. In this two-part interview series, The O&P EDGE talks vision andgoals with two company chiefs-each one a relative newcomer toO&P-to explore how they hope to impact the present and futureof the industry. For this iss...

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Perspective

The Challenge of Justification
By Ian Stevens


As chief executive officer of a prosthesis manufacturer in today'smarket, I could say that we live in interesting times. Since Touch Bionics' i-limb prosthetic hand first became availablein 2007, the prosthetics landscape has changed considerably....

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Stepping Out

Steps to Successfully Integrate New Technology into Your Practice
By Howard Hillman, CPed


One thing doesn't change, and that is what we do. We treatpatients. But how we do it has been changing rapidly as high-techdevices continue to become available.

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Shop Talk

Fabricating with Prepreg Carbon Fiber
By Justin Eitel


The combination of high-tech materials inthe SiOCX® TF Pro socket results in significant improvements in wearer comfort, flexibility, adhesion, and custom fabrication of advanced socket technology. E-MAG Active, in prepreg, is an example of anadva...

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Today’s Consumer

Extreme Retirement, Navy Seals Edition
By Clayton Moore


Innovation in prosthetics technology is enabling a wholenew population of athletes to emerge-a population thatincludes quite a few older folks. John Grimm of Vail, Arizona,at 70 years old, is one of them. And with the aid of hisnew RUSH™ Foot, dev...

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Sports

DSUSA Celebrates 25 Years of Hosting The Hartford Ski Spectacular


Photographs by Ken Watson, courtesy of DSUSA. A skiff of snow fell in Breckenridge, Colorado, ending a recentdry spell just in time for the 25th annual The Hartford SkiSpectacular, hosted by Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), theweek of December 2-9, 20...

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Face to Face

John Huster, BOCP


John Huster, BOCP, and co-owner of PSL Fabrication, Fulton, Missouri, became interested in the O&P profession through his mother, who was working for a patient care facility about the same timehe was finishing college. He says it looked like inter...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


This month's column answers your questions about microprocessor knee L-Codes and the Medicare overpayment appeals process.

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Viewpoint

In Our Lifetime...
By Karen Henry


Early in 2007, shortly after I began working at The O&P EDGE  , a U.S. veteran who had sustaineda traumatic shoulder disarticulationamputation during the war in Iraq contactedme. He asked where he could get a permanentprosthesis-one that he could...

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EDGE Direct

Contineo Robotics: Helping Hands That Save Lives


Products in development at Contineo Robotics, Sykesville, Maryland, take the motto “to serve and protect” to a whole new level. While the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Revolutionizing Prosthetics (RP) programs’ robotic ar...

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EDGE Direct

Evolution's Central Fabrication Facility


EDGE Direct Evolution Industries’ central fabrication facility specializes in premium lower-limb check and definitive sockets and offers unique customization options. The C-Fab team, our new facility, and the componentry options we provide make...

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