Healing and Hope for War Survivors - June 2015

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Feature

Bringing Hope, Healing to Mideast War Survivors: O&P Plays Its Part
By Miki Fairley


Photograph courtesy of Frederik Buyckx/Handicap International. Warfare in the Middle Eastcontinues to take a staggering toll,unleashing an unprecedentedhumanitarian crisis. Thousands ofcivilians have been killed or injured;millions have fled to ne...

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Feature

Prosthetics in Resource-Limited Countries
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


In a 2009 publication, the World Health Organizationestimated that 650 million people worldwide have disabilities,the vast majority of whom live in low-income countries. 1 The2004 World Health Survey further defined the extent to whichthe burden o...

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Feature

Service Learning With an O&P Study Abroad Program
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


Sometimes the best lessons in the O&P profession can'tbe learned in the comfort of your own country. That's whatstudents in the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), School ofHealth and Rehabilitation Sciences, Master of Sciencein Prosthetics and Ortho...

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Today's Consumer

Kollin Galland: Exoskeleton Helps Utah Teen With Paralysis Take His First Steps
By Betta Ferrendelli


Kollin Galland. Photographs courtesy of Jodie Galland. Kollin Galland was 14 years old andhad just finished his first week ofhigh school when he broke his neckdoing a double backflip on a trampoline.The accident left him paralyzed fromthe chest down.

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Perspective

International Collaboration
By Al Ingersoll, CP


Evidence-based practice, impact evaluation, outcome measurementand monitoring, evaluation, and learning are hot phrases and topicstrending worldwide. In fact, 2015 has been designated by the UnitedNations as the International Year of Evaluation. T...

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Shop Talk

Making a Custom Gel Insert
By Travis Petersen, CPOA


You may have seen commercials advertising gel or "custom"insoles on television. Those inserts are a good solution for manypeople, but they are not for everyone. Despite how they aremarketed, those off-the-shelf (OTS) inserts are not actually custo...

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Advocacy

NAAOP Working With the O&P Alliance for the O&P Profession
By David McGill, JD, NAAOP board president


This article continues our series of articles about theOrthotic and Prosthetic Alliance (O&P Alliance) tohighlight united advocacy efforts in the profession.This issue features reflections about the role of the NationalAssociation for the Advancem...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


When you need help with your toughest billingquestions, count on Got FAQs? to provideyou with the information you need to helpkeep your billing on track. This month's column tacklesyour questions about AFO medical necessity requirements,diagnosis...

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Industry Review - Conferences

PrimeFare Central: Oklahoma City More Than OK


Symposium attendees had the chance to speak with exhibitors and see products up close. Photograph courtesy of PrimeCare. PrimeCare Orthotics and ProstheticsNetwork, Germantown, Tennessee,celebrated its fifth year of providingeducation for the cent...

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Viewpoint

The International Vista
By Andrea Spridgen


Later this month, about 3,000 professionals in O&P,rehabilitation medicine and surgery, and relateddisciplines from around the world are expected toconvene in Lyon, France, for the 2015 InternationalSociety for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) Wor...

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EDGE Direct

New Transfemoral Vacuum Solution Helps Amputee find "Sweet Spot"


EDGE Direct He couldn’t crawl around under a car without having to re-align his prosthesis afterward. Trying to ride a bicycle meant worrying about whether the prosthesis would pull away from him. Leaving the house for any sort of activity mean...

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Online Exclusive

The Effects of Orthotics and AFOs Addressed in Recent Studies


Three recently published studies address the clinical effects and provision of orthoses. One study evaluated several foot orthotics as treatment for pressure from hallux valgus deformity, another assessed the ability of foot orthotics to restore function of the metatarsal phalangeal joint (MPJ) in patients with hallux limitus, and the third attempted to determine if the shank-to-vertical-angle (SVA) can be used as a parameter to evaluate the alignment of an AFO-footwear combination (AFO-FC).

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