Women With Traumatic Amputations - December 2013

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Women with Traumatic Amputations: Prosthetic Care for a Unique Population
By Miki Fairley


Mery Daniel with her occupational therapist, Becky Buttiglieri. Photograph courtesy of Jesse Costa/WBUR. The celebratory atmosphere at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 ended abruptly as two bomb blasts rocked the scene, killing t...

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Feature

Alternatives to Soft Dressings: A Review
By Deborah Kinor, Erica Gaussa, and Erin Sutton, BME


Introduction Postoperative management of lower-limb amputation is critical to a patient's long-term outcome. 1,2,3,4 The purpose of dressings is to help meet the goals of postoperative management: healing, providing protection from outside tr...

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Feature

Post-Mastectomy Fitters Find Their Niche in the Breast Cancer Community
By Linda M. Hellow


A certified mastectomy fitter does more than just fit a prosthesis. She or he is a valuable information resource and a sympathetic ear for women in a health crisis. Carter Every year, more than 230,000 women receive a breast cancerdiagnosis.

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Feature

When Lightning Strikes Twice: Comorbid Amputation and Hemiplegia
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


In the introduction to their recent systematic review of patients with both hemiplegia and lower-limb amputation, Hebert et al. identify the shared risk factors between the two events. 1 The population of individuals with lower-limb amputations is...

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Society Spotlight

Cervical Management of the Infant with Larsen Syndrome
By Kara Davis, CPO, LPO, MS


Introduction Larsen Syndrome is a congenital, hereditary condition that primarily affects the musculoskeletal system. It presents with various clinical manifestations and levels of severity. 1 Children with highly involved Larsen Syndrome m...

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Today’s Consumer

Scott McDowell: Answering the Call
By Doug Chartier


When it's quiet at the Montrose Township Fire Department (MTFD), Michigan, you can find Scott McDowell in the fire hall trying a different footing for handling the hose line or practicing a new approach for climbing into the trucks. He once needed...

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Perspective

A Call to Action
By Peter Seaman, CP, CTP


Surviving the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) lower-limb prosthetic claim audits is about documenting the patient's desire to ambulate, the medical necessity for a prosthesis, and the patient's potent...

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Shop Talk

Shaping a Transradial Forearm Prosthesis
By Justin Eitel


New technology usually involves a new production process that requires training for technicians. Fortunately, that's not the case with shaping a transradial forearm prosthesis. At Ottobock, we have been using the same process for about 40 years.

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Stepping Out

Taking a Team Approach to Treating Pedorthic Patients with Diabetes
By Howard Hillman, CPed


On a Tuesday morning some months ago, one of my long-termpatients arrived with a bag of shoes in one hand, her quad walkingcane over her other arm, and her caregiver trying to keep upwith her. I really never saw her use the cane, and I had wondere...

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Sports

CAF: Changing Lives One Athlete at a Time
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


Athletes look on as the National Anthem was sung. Photographs by Laura Fonda Hochnadel. Perhaps it was serendipity that brought three-year-old Nandito and his fatherto the Össur Leg Amputee Running and Mobility Clinic in San Diego, California,on S...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Running an O&P practice and keeping billing on trackis complex and time-consuming. When you have abilling-related question, "Got FAQs" has the answer.This month's column addresses your questions aboutwhat addition codes are appropriate with kneeor...

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Viewpoint

Exploring the Meaning of Specialized Needs
By Andrea Spridgen


As I reflected on the theme of this month'sissue, "Specialized Needs and SpecializedPopulations," I thought a lot about the term"specialized." After all, as individuals, all O&Ppatients have specialized needs. That fact is atthe heart of the profe...

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Online Exclusive

Mobility System Gets Veteran Back on His Feet


As a veteran of the Marine Corps, Kenneth Cook is not a quitter. But several years of relying on a wheelchair, and medication that sapped his energy made the Chicago man feel like giving up on having a happy, active life.

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