Managing Patients’ Fit Expectations - March 2015

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Managing Patients’ Fit Expectations, Where Prosthetic Expertise and Coaching Skills Meet
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


When it comes to wearing a lower-limb prosthesis,experts say the key to mobility lies in the socket fit.Even if a patient has a device with the most advancedtechnology, it won't help if he or she can't, or won't,wear it. "Without the appropriate f...

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Where Are They Now? SCO Technology Flourishes—But Usage Fades
By Judith Philipps Otto


When early versions of stance control orthoses (SCOs) began appearing inthe 1980s and 1990s, they were hailed as an option for people who neededhelp with lower-limb deficiencies but who found their locked-knee KAFOdesigns cumbersome and frustratin...

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Polishing the Crystal Ball: Predicting Prosthetic Usage after Lower-Limb Amputation
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


In 2009, a research team fromLeeds, England, published asystematic literature reviewreporting on preamputationpredictors of walking abilityafter prosthetic fitting. 1 Theundertaking was an immenseone and reviewed the findingsof 57 publications wit...

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Innovations

New Stimulator System Designed to “Restore” Feeling in Amputated Limbs
By Betta Ferrendelli


Weber developed the Phantom-Stimulator system, a device designed to trigger nerves that have been shown to produce sensation in a prosthesisuser's missing limb. Photograph courtesy of Theresia Weber . In 1998, Karl-Heinz Weber was on a businesstri...

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Extraordinary O&P

Barbara Adside: Finding the Rhythm of Life
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


Rhythm-it is a common denominator of playing drums andperforming freestyle dressage. When playing drums, rhythm isthe arrangement of sounds to make music; when performingfreestyle dressage, rhythm is involved in the arrangement, or choreography,of...

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Sports

Paralympian April Holmes / ESPN Winter X Games / DSUSA Receives $80,000 Grant


Paralympian April Holmes Honored with Inspiration Award Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Paralympics . U.S.

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Perspective

Clinical Care Guidelines
By R. James Fenton, CPO/L


Clinical care guidelines are beingpromulgated throughout the entirespectrum of medicine, from hospitalsto physicians to therapists to O&Pprofessionals. A multinational publishing companypurchased the major purveyor of clinicalcare guidelines, MCG...

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On Topic

The Culture of Compliance: What Does Compliance Mean to You?
By Erin Cammarata


Merriam-Webster defines compliance as theact or process of doing what you have beenasked or ordered to do: the act or processof complying. The definition of compliancefor many of us in the O&P profession: WhateverMedicare asks or orders us to do....

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Face to Face

Mark Kroll, CO


As a native Minnesotan from an O&P family, Mark Kroll, CO, gives back to the profession as a member of the executive board of the local chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy), and as a lecturer and advisory co...

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Viewpoint

Expectations
By Andrea Spridgen


Expectations are tricky things, and there are variousschools of thought about the best ways to manage them.A 2014 study conducted at University College London,England, led by Robb Rutledge, PhD, suggests that ourhappiness may depend largely upon h...

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Online Exclusive

Endolite Presents the LiNX at the AAOP Show in New Orleans


Endolite was pleased to introduce our latest innovation to attendees of the recent AAOP Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans. The LiNX is the world’s first fully integrated microprocessor controlled limb system.

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Thank You!


On behalf of the prosthetics and orthotics graduating class of 2016 at the British Colombia Institute of Technology, we would like to thank everyone who supported our attendance at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists 41st Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium in New Orleans on February 18-21.

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Össur Custom Fabrication Services Help CPs Maximize Their Clinical Effectiveness


As the prosthetics industry continues evolving, CPs are increasingly focused on clinical patient care rather than the artisanal skills that once largely defined the profession.

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