Central Fabrication - July 2016

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CAD/CAM: Time to Join the Digital Age
By Chris Handford


Why has CAD/CAM become so important?Fabian Santschi, Giglio Orthopédie, Carouge,Switzerland, shares his view: "CAD/CAMtechnology enables us to delight physiciansand patients: We can visit a hospital in themorning to scan a patient, then deliver as...

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Feature

Building a Better Arm: Design and Fabrication in Upper-limb Prosthetics
By John M. Miguelez, CP, FAAOP(D); MacJulian Lang, CPO, FAAOP;Robert Dodson, CPO, FAAOP; Mariya Cameron; and Cullen Hays


Prosthetic arms and hands have advanced significantly in their functional capabilities and appearances over the past few years. Component manufacturers have introduced new multiarticulating hands and electric fingers, and smaller research labs hav...

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Feature

All Hands, Hooks, and Fiberglass on Deck: The Many Materials of Upper-limb Prosthetics
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


In contemplating writing an article about the variousmaterials that can be used in our profession, mythoughts turned to a recent international casewith an atypical bilateral partial hand amputationpresentation. Because this would be the patient'so...

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Today’s Consumer

Bruce Daugherty: “Can’t” Never Did Anything
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


May 24 is a significant day in Bruce Daugherty's life for two reasons. It's his birthday and it's his "ampuversary"-the day he underwent a right transtibial amputation in 2010. When asked why he wanted to schedule his amputation surgery on his bir...

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Shop Talk

Incorporating Metal Hardware in Laminations
By Ronnie N. Graves, BOCPO/L, CO, CTP


I imagine that many of us do not enjoy the process of riveting metaluprights onto KAFOs or the occasional metal hardware that we have toadd to our devices. I find it frustrating to have copper rivet heads againstthe inside or, worse yet, tearing u...

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Perspective

The Synergistic Potential of Embracing 3D Printing in O&P
By Chris Baschuk, MPO, CPO, LP


Additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, allows for production of complex shapes that would be cost prohibitive or impossible to produce with traditional manufacturing methods. AM allows for quick, iterative prototyping to speed up the design...

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On Topic

Optimal Billing Strategies
By Erin Cammarata


With insurance reimbursements declining and the cost of doing business increasing, the processes O&P businesses use to ensure successful billing and collections must be as clear and straightforward as can be. The following points can help guide yo...

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Residency Reflection

Starting Your Residency and Finding Your Feet
By John Pope, MS, MPO, CSCS


Congratulations. You have found theright residency. It's smooth sailingfrom here, right?

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Industry Review - Conferences

OTWorld: Showing the Way to Quality Care of Tomorrow


The OTWorld international trade show and World Congress was held May 3-6 in Leipzig, Germany. The core themes were O&P, developments in rehabilitation, and new technologies in orthopedic care. Around half of the 542 exhibitors came from countries...

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Viewpoint

Exploring Fabrication Options
By Andrea Spridgen


Because many O&P interventions require custom solutions,it is imperative that technicians and fabricationlabs are able to explore the variety of techniques,materials, and new technologies that are available toproduce those devices efficiently and...

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Online Exclusive

New Ottobock Feet Take Patients Across the Finish Line


You can dial in the stiffness level of new running feet from Ottobock so your patients can choose between a more rigid foot for more high-intensity work, or a more relaxed flexion for longer distance running.

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Online Exclusive

Universal Scoliosis Screening


In a U.S. News and World Report Health Care article published online July 5, contributor Jacob F. Schulz, MD, an attending physician, Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Montefiore Health System, Bronx, New York, discussed the value of universal s...

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