Building Bridges - December 2015

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Helping Patients Navigate O&P Care
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


In the complicated world oftoday's healthcare landscape,it can be more difficult thanever for O&P patients tonavigate the logistical worldof coordinated appointmentsand documentation to ensurethey receive the care they needand reimbursement for th...

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Feature

The Six-Spot Step Test Versus the EDSS: Measuring Ability Rather Than Disability in People With MS
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


I've noticed a rather discouraging trend in thelower-limb orthotic management of patients withmultiple sclerosis (MS). While exceptions abound,it's frustrating to observe that many of the individualswho come in with a diagnosis of MS probably shou...

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Feature

Taking the Labor Out of Collaboration
By Nina Bondre, MPO, and John Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP


All work environments involve somedegree of working with others.Although many daily tasks can becompleted independently, projects withbroader impact are often accomplished mosteffectively through the involvement of variousinterested parties who ha...

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Industry Leader

Ron Manganiello: Industry Innovator
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Ron Manganiello has been described as "the godfather of modernAmerican O&P" and yet, Italian lineage notwithstanding, it wasfar from clear that this boy from Brooklyn, New York, would endup having such an effect on the O&P profession. This grand t...

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Shop Talk

The Finer Points of Ply Reduction With Vacuum
By Jason Kimmel


In the April 2011 issue of The O&P EDGE , I wrote an article describing the technical process of using socks and vacuum to perform ply reductions (" How to Do Ply Reductions Using Vacuum ,"). I still receive questions on the topic, so I thought it...

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Today's Consumer

Sai Padma Murthy: Enlightened Lotus Seeks Solutions to Walk Again
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


Murthy as a child. Photographs courtesy of Sai Padma Murthy. Consider the significance of the number 42.

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Perspective

Dear Prosthetic Foot Manufacturers, Please Help!
By Peter Seaman, CLP


Achieving medial-lateral (M-L) stabilityfor people with amputations who use aprosthesis is important. Common causesfor M-L instability include improper prostheticalignment; improper socket fit; uneven wear onthe sole of the shoe; a loose foot in a...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Billing for O&P devices and care is complicated.When you have questions, count on Got FAQs?to help keep your claims on track. This month'scolumn answers your questions about coding verificationand the reasonable useful lifetime of knee orthoses. Q...

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Industry Review - Conferences

AOPA 2015 National Assembly: Data, Value, and Outcomes


Winners of the Spirit of Texas trophies were presented in three categories, depending on booth size. First and second place winners, respectively, were: 1-3 booths, Bulldog Tools and WillowWood; 4-6 booths, Cascade Orthopedic Supply and Becker Ort...

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Industry Review - Consumer

Skills for Life 4: People, Purpose, Passion


Zach said he learned to hold acoffee cup from the bottom so hecould drink from it more easily.Marie showed attendees the dressingstick she uses that affixes to the wallwith a heavy-duty suction cup. Mikesuggested wearing pants that are asize large...

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Viewpoint

Building Bridges
By Andrea Spridgen


Successful rehabilitation outcomes rely on all membersof the healthcare team working together for the benefitof the patient. To that end, cross-disciplinary partnershipsand understanding can serve to improve thepatient experience. Additionally, ha...

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Online Exclusive

Powered Knee-Ankle Prosthesis Can Improve Weight Bearing Symmetry for Transfemoral Amputees


In a study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, researchers applied a user-modulated control strategy to improve control of a powered knee-ankle prosthesis during sit-to-stand and stand-to-sit movements.

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