Telerehabilitation - May 2016

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Across the State or Around the World: Telerehabilitation Technologies Cover the Distance
By Miki Fairley


Advances in telecommuni- cation technologies such as videoconferencing, smartphones, tablets, Wi-Fi, and broadband, along with e-mail and POTS (plain old telephone service), are propelling the use of telemedicine in the United States and internati...

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Building Relationships
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


An O&P student from Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center works with a patient in ROMP's Zacapa, Guatemala, clinic. Photograph by ROMP volunteer Paula Cavanaugh, courtesy of ROMP. When a large-scale disaster strikes, help from aroun...

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Providing Evidence-based Care in Low-, Middle-income Countries
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP


Photographs courtesy of Gail Palethorpe/Shutterstock.com. Several years agoI attended ameeting where ayoung practitionerreportedon a medicalservice trip(MST) involvingprosthetic care in a low-incomecountry (LIC) that lacked such services.Many feat...

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Deathe and Miller: Canadian Pioneers in Prosthetic Outcome Measures
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Apparently unaffected by the 2,300 miles that separate their physical locations, physiatrist A. Barry Deathe, MD, FRCP(C), of London, Ontario, Canada, and researcher William C. Miller, MSc, PhD, OT, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, have col...

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ACADEMY SOCIETY SPOTLIGHT: Standing Postural Changes While Wearing a Lumbar Sacral Orthosis With Varying Degrees of Lordosis
By Jon Peurach, BSc, and Sun Hae Jang, MSc, CO, FAAOP


Introduction Lumbar sacral orthoses (LSOs) arecommonly prescribed treatmentdevices for spinal disorders such aslow back pain. Typically, the goal of anLSO is to unload vertebrae by providingcompression on the abdominal areaor to limit undesirable...

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Perspective

Empowering Local Providers to Provide Prosthetics in Less-resourced Countries
By Robert Frank, CPO(E), and Kit Frank, OTR


How do you provide prosthetics to patients in the developing world? Affordability and empowerment of local providers are the keys to sustainability. We have a long-running experiment in the northern highlands of Ecuador attempting to do just that.

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On Topic

Pitfalls of Waiving Patient Balances
By Erin Cammarata


Many O&P practitioners will tell you that they decided to enter this profession to help people, rather than to make money. We're business owners who often think with our hearts. One of the ways I see our profession's empathetic business practices...

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Industry Review - Conferences

Academy Meeting: Something Bold, Something New


More than 1,700 O&P professionals participated in the 42nd Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy). It took place March 9-12 in Orlando, Florida, and something bold and something n...

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Viewpoint

Making Connections, Gaining Perspectives
By Andrea Spridgen


Too often, technology intended to connect us seems to do the opposite as we spend more time engaging with electronic devices than with the humans who operate them. But, with the physical distance between healthcare colleagues-and sometimes patient...

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Online Exclusive

The Importance of In-Country O&P Care


An article in the May issue of The O&P EDGE, “Building Relationships”, explores ways that U.S.-based O&P organizations are providing care in less-resourced countries. This Online Exclusive shares how one organization helps local providers provide sustainable, long-term care.

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