Body Power: Pushing the Functional Envelope - July 2013

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Body Power: Pushing the Functional Envelope
By Miki Fairley


Power has a variety of meanings. It refers to theability to have influence, authority, or controlover people, circumstances, or events; the abilityto act or to do something; a force or energy thatcan be applied to work; and physical or mentalstren...

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Technology Convergence
By Kate Hawthorne


Orthotic devices are blurring the line between orthotics and prosthetics. Photograph of C-Brace Orthotronic Mobility System user courtesy of Ottobock. When orthotic technology takes a page from prosthetictechnology's book, great things can happen.

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Managing the Variability of Charcot-Marie-Tooth
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is an inherited neuropathycharacterized by progressive distal muscle weakness. Asa result, individuals are often prescribed lower-limb orthoses.However, effectively managing patients with CMT can be challengingfor...

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Wading into the Social Media Waters: Do They “Like” Me? Does It Matter?
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


Whether you were an early adopter or have resistedthe trend, social media is becoming increasinglyvaluable for businesses. It provides an almostideal platform for manufacturers, retailers, and serviceproviders to engage consumers in regular, ongoi...

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Today’s Consumer

Steve Martinez: “A Thriver, Not a Survivor”
By Doug Chartier


On a routine February morning in 2010, Steve Martinez,a store manager of a Dillons supermarket in Wichita,Kansas, and his wife of more than 20 years, who is alsoemployed there, began their 60-mile commute to work.During the ride, Martinez began to...

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Perspective

The Benefits of Body Power
By Robert “Bob” Radocy, MS


Current upper-limb prosthetic options can be divided into fourcategories: functional aesthetic, activity specific, body powered,and externally powered or bionic. Body-powered devices can be further subdivided into categoriesbased on operational mo...

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Industry Leader

Paving the Path for the Application of Biomechanics and Orthotics in Foot Care: Justin Wernick, DPM
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Few names in the world of podiatry and biomechanics are as wellknown as Justin Wernick, DPM. His career as a practitioner,innovator, lab owner, and international academic lecturer spansmore than five decades. Early Loss Leads to Determination Wern...

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Shop Talk

Carbon Fiber: The More You Know, the More You Can Do
By Justin Eitel


Once a clinician sees a patient, the creative process of designingand fabricating a suitable prosthetic or orthotic device begins.Ideally, the clinician and the technician work together, usingthe technician's expertise in materials and technical a...

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Innovations

High School Student Creates Prosthetic Hand
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


"Making and taking things apart is a very common 'cleverness'of boys," write Ros Bayley and Sally Featherstone in The Cleverness of Boys . Easton LaChappelle, 17, is no exception. What setshim apart are the things he makes.

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Stepping Out

Finding a Creative Solution for My Own Comfort, SAFOS
By Joshua M. Unterman


In this edition of Stepping Out, The O&P EDGE brings you problem solving for AFO comfort from the perspective of a long-time consumer and graduate student in applied craft and design. I have spastic cerebral palsy, and Iwear an AFO on my right foo...

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Face to Face

Kelsey Wagner, BOCPD


While she was a sophomore in high school, Kelsey Wagner, BOCPD, knew she wanted to become an O&Ppractitioner. The following year she took extra classes so she could graduate a year early and get startedas soon as possible. She says that despite he...

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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. If you have a billing question or a question about a denial, "Got FAQs?" can help you sift through the confusion and get you the answers you need. This month's column answers your que...

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Industry Review - Sports

Warrior Games 2013: Everyone Is a Champion
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


Exclusive live coverage by The O&P EDGE From left, Franklin, Snyder, and Prince Harry prepare to light the torch to begin the 2013 Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Photograph by E.

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Industry Review - Sports

eXG8, Regional Games, and Adult Nationals


eXG8: Dirt-Fueled Fun Amidst a full day of racing at Baja Acres motocrosstrack in Millington, Michigan, on May 25, Race 4saw 16 Extremity Games 8 (eXG8) contenders lineup at the starting gate. This year, there were new racers,new winners, and a ne...

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Viewpoint

The Time to Invest Is Now
By Tonja Randolph


If you own an O&P practice, you know that timesare changing. Reimbursement delays and billingaudits are making it difficult to manage cash flow,forcing some practices to close their doors. Whatwill happen to practitioners who are laid off?

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EDGE Direct

EDGE Quick Credit: Educating O&P One Credit at a Time


Western Media, publisher of The O&P EDGE , has announced the pilot phase of EDGE Quick Credit™. The program is being offered in cooperation with the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy), the American Board for Certificatio...

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EDGE Direct

Evolution Industries: Total Service


EDGE Direct We manufacture our own components compatible with most major systems-select the ones that fit your needs. After a fitting with the check socket, we'll make the final adjustments on your completed system and send the completed definiti...

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