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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
The best just got better. ESP liners are simply the most cost-effective
liners on the market. Now with new, enhanced lockstitch textile to
From your home, complete the first two quarters (6 months) and final quarter (3 months) of the NUPOC 21-month MPO. Spend four quarters (12 months) in mentored practicum at NUPOC, building P&O skills by working with people who have neuromusculoskeletal impairments. NUPOC graduates are eligible for NCOPE residencies and P&O certification examinations. The NUPOC MPO prepares you to become a proficient clinician, deliver comprehensive P&O services, integrate research into clinical practice, and contribute to the P&O profession. NUPOC accepts candidates on a rolling admissions basis.
Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center
Feinberg School of Medicine
A complete system for cost-effective automation in facilities of all sizes.
Scan, modify, carve, and thermoform. The cordless S1 Scanner allows fast, accurate 3D shape capture with unmatched
ease of use and at low cost. Newly released ProvelCAD modification software is easy to use and template based. The C7 Carver is not only fast and precise, its self-contained dust collection system is extremely quiet. The T7 Thermoformer, now with IR sensing, consistently produces high-quality thermoplastic sockets from industry-standard preforms. Compatible with AOP, OBJ, and STL files.
Formulated with the ALPS GripGel, the new SFB seamless suspension sleeve provides superior comfort with a single-piece construction. The SFB sleeve features a new, black knitted fabric that allows the user excellent freedom of knee flexion. This new sleeve seals with the skin without restricting circulation, while the GripGel sticks to the patient's skin without causing shear forces. With a thinner profile of 2mm, the SFB is an ideal choice for those concerned about bulk.
The Infinite Socket™ is the first modular and adjustable socket that
empowers clinicians and users. Built-in tensioning systems, custom
modular components, and advanced materials allow adjustability at
the socket as the residual limb changes.
Introducing the new RUSH Kid™ pediatric foot. Built kid-tough, the
RUSH Kid pediatric foot can handle even the most extreme low- or
high-clearance patient. Run, jump, and play-the ultralow profile
build delivers the most dynamic energy return and smooth rollthrough
of any pediatric foot on the market today. Mud, water, and
sand are no problem! The all-terrain RUSH Kid was built with active
kids in mind. Say goodbye to broken carbon feet! The next generation
of RUSH Rebels has just arrived. Now available in sizes 19-21cm. Visit
rushfoot.com for more information.
Orthomerica® introduces the new modular California® Catalina™ Custom Fit spinal orthosis—the latest addition to the California soft spinal system family of spinal orthoses.
- Mechanical advantage two-pull string closure system with ergonomically designed pull tabs.
- No-cut cord design allows for adjustments throughout term of wear.
- Easy circumferential adjustment for waists up to 50 in. (standard) or 66 in. (extended).
- Custom, individualized design allows for a personalized fit by the orthotist.
- Heat-moldable and removable posterior panel.
PDAC-approved HCPCS codes L-0637/L-0650; L-0631/L-0648; and L-0627/L-0642.
A new feature is now available for Motion Control terminal devices (MC ETD and MC Hand ProPlus versions).
- Force Limiting stops grasp force at approximately 2 lb., allowing grasping of delicate objects and reducing the fear of injuring someone by over-gripping.
- Each "pulse" increases the gripping force by approximately 2 lb.
- Auto Grasp detects a socket or electrode slip and automatically increases grip force.
- Suggested L-Codes: L-6881, L-6882, L-7009, and L7499.
The revolutionary Peak Scoliosis Bracing System is an unloader brace specifically designed to relieve the pain associated with adult scoliosis. This patented, highly adjustable brace from Aspen has been shown to:
- Significantly Relieve Pain
- Improve the Quality of Life
- Increase Mobility
- Promote Better Posture
- Increase Patient Compliance
Code L1005 Approved
Aspen Medical Products
Ten-foot lengths are now available!
Coyote Composite, made from basalt filament is a safe, tough material
for composite sockets and AFOs. It's a great alternative to itchy,
expensive carbon fiber braid, and is easier to cut and finish compared
to other materials.
Features and benefits include:
- Less expensive and less itch than carbon
- Extremely durable, strong, and lightweight
- Finishes easily
- Uses typical prosthetic resins
- Not an inhalant risk
- Inert, noncarcinogenic, and nontoxic
Coyote Composite is more flexible than carbon (we consider this to be an advantage). For more information, call your distributor or Coyote Design.
Whether you practice in a state that has licensure requirements or
are moving to one that does, find everything you need with ABC's
interactive state licensure map. With detailed information about each
state's requirements and costs, and links to important documents and
applications, we've got you covered!
American Board for Certification/ABC
OPTEC has added to our collection of
custom lower-limb orthotics with new
carbon fiber AFOs and custom metal
devices. Our carbon fiber AFOs are lighter
and stronger than traditional plastic AFOs
and facilitate a more normal gait, making
them ideal for patients who require longterm
wear. OPTEC's custom metal devices
are available in a variety of personalized
options to meet your patient's specific
needs, including bivalve PTB, dynamic
assist, stance control, and more. Our custom
products provide superior stabilization and
support that your patients need with the comfort they deserve.
medi USA is proud to announce its third and latest addition to the innovative Panthera family of feet with the new Panthera CF III-providing dynamic and smooth walking for the K3 amputee.
Features and benefits include:
- Plug-and-play adjustable heel for ease of use
- Excellent multiaxial compliance via integrated carbon and elastomer layers
- Pivoting dynamics mimic ankle motion
- Comfortable heel strike
- Fluid rollover and dynamic toe-off due to innovative, continuous carbon spring technology
- Available in beige, light brown, and dark brown
Every client is different. For the exceptionally active client in need of transtibial suspension, Syncor's Durasleeve HD is constructed of the highest-quality, heavy-duty neoprene for exceptional durability. Limited dexterity creates its own challenges, and the Durasleeve EZ meets them with the security of a virtually fail-safe suction system, yet it is easy to don and doff.
All Durasleeve designs are constructed with uncompromising air-tight integrity. Outside, seams are reinforced with color-matched blind stitching. Inside, our exclusive, patented reinforcement panel minimizes wear. Custom orders are always welcome through your Syncor supplier.
Exclusively from SPS-receive a free YETI Tundra 45 Cooler with the
purchase of a qualifying microprocessor product. For more details,
We are now offering free courier
service within a 30-mile radius of
GPF (restrictions apply).
We are family owned and operated,
and continually provide outstanding
customer service with exceptional
attention to detail on quality orthotics
and prosthetics. We have over 150
years of experience and highly
trained and ABC-certified fabrication
Grace Prosthetic Fabrication
Our most popular low-activity foot, K2 Sensation®
is a comfortable walking prosthesis that provides
smooth progression from heel strike to toe-off.
Now with D/P Flexion™, K2 Sensation offers up to 9°
of dorsiflexion and plantarflexion to help reduce
the risk of trips and falls, while improving stability
on ramps or when transitioning from
sitting to standing. K2 Sensation
with D/P Flexion is Unity-compatible
and can be retrofitted to
existing K2 Sensation feet.
Visit www.ossur.com/low-activity or contact your Össur® rep today
to learn more.
It's now more affordable than ever to have multiple sizes of Coyote
Composite on hand. No more guessing what sizes of composite you
might need, get them all! 3", 4", 5", 6", 7", 8", and 10" are on sale until
December 31, 2015.
Coyote Composite is the alternative to itchy, expensive carbon
fiber braid. Since it's made from basalt filament, it's a safe, tough
material for composite sockets and AFOs. It's also easy to cut and
finish compared to other materials. Get more information at
The same level of therapeutic pain relief and support you rely on with Aspen's sized Summit braces is now available in an adjustable brace. The patented Sure Slot™ sizing mechanism offers multiple sizes in one brace that comfortably fits waists 26-60 in., and up to 70 in. with the extension panel. One-size adjustability means the correct size is always on hand, minimizing inventory requirements and significantly reducing costs. Adjustable and sized Summit 456, Summit 637, and Summit 631 braces are available and offer experts significant modification options to support various patient conditions. Codes L-0456, L-0637, and L-0631 approved.
Aspen Medical Products
OA Knee Brace #46
The #46 knee brace brings your comfort to a new level with its
elegant and light design. This brace alleviates knee pain by reducing
the weight on the medial or lateral compartment by using the threepoint
pressure system. It is composed of two
aluminum-reinforced semirigid straps that
surround the distal region (above the knee)
and the proximal region (below the knee).
These straps are to be custom molded to allow
for optimal torsion support. Learn more and
check out our other products and product
lines on our website.
This dynamic corrective system joint ensures fast, efficient, and effective treatment of contractures resulting from neurological conditions. It is simple and uncomplicated with just two joint sizes to accommodate any extremity joint, and no complicated order forms to complete.
You determine and control the three simple adjustments:
- Flexion/extension. Just flip the joint housing internal spring based on the anatomical location.
- Range of motion. Limit at 12 degree increments (small) or 14 degree increments (regular).
- Force control. Up to 3.4 Nm/30 in.-lb. (small) or 10.2 Nm/90 in.-lb. (regular).
The ELLIOTT™ Patient Management
System for early intervention or definitive
use is a unique approach that transforms
the articulated AFO and a KO into a
functional KAFO. The ELLIOTT Orthosis
is designed to be utilized in an acute
physical therapy department, enabling the
treating therapist to have a readily available
KAFO, independent KO segment, or
independent AFO segment for the patient's
gait training. The KO design can address
up to five different knee orthosis functions,
and all three of the AFOs feature adjustable
positioning for the foot and ankle.
Anatomical Concepts Inc.
Available from Motion Control: Motionfoot® MX. Building upon the success of the original Motionfoot, the MX's new features include:
- A new heel that significantly reduces heel shock for greater comfort
- A rolling fulcrum at the sole plate that increases the dynamic response
- A split toe that increases inversion/eversion motion
- Redesigned shaft and side plates for greater strength
- Customized main spring and sole plate for patient weight and activity level
- 50° range of motion, equivalent to the human ankle
- Suggested L-codes: L-5968, L-5981, L-5990, and L-5999
E-mail Motion Control, a Fillauer company, at .
The new medi 4Seal TFS Liner combines a revolutionary sealing technology with a unique self-gliding surface, providing extraordinary suspension, comfort, and ease of use for those with transfemoral amputations.
Features and benefits include:
- Integrated seals for easy inversion and a highly secure fit.
- Easy Glide PLUS outer surface-no donning aids or sprays required.
- Excellent tissue control due to a highly effective, full-length matrix.
- Optimal radial stretch for greater comfort.
- Simple to use gel-grip spacer socks for easy application (available separately).