Economic Impact of O&P Interventions: Research and O&P Organizations Lead the Way
By Miki Fairley
As technology advances, physicians and O&P clinicians havean ever-widening array of options to provide their patientswith optimal prosthetic or orthotic solutions. However,the challenge of obtaining adequate reimbursement fromMedicare and private...
Sharing Your Expertise Through Lobbying
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel
You are probablyinundated withemails from patients,insurers, vendors, andcolleagues. Amongthose emails may becorrespondence from theNational Association for theAdvancement of Orthoticsand Prosthetics (NAAOP)summarizing its latestwebcast, or an AOP...
Health-related Quality of Life: A Developing Standard in Healthcare
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
Several years ago, while I wasenrolled in a graduate courseon public health, our instructorshowed the class a list ofthe top-ten causes of mortalityin the United States. I createda moment of general discomfortby saying, "You know, wemight be able...
Randy Henderson: Prosthetic Technology Boosts Progress
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
Photographs courtesy of Randy Henderson. Sheer willpower can get a person through a lot. For Randy Henderson, that determination, coupled with a strong work ethic, got him through a near-fatal car crash and the start of a successful law enforcement ca...
RIC, Click Medical Partnership Brings Innovation and Flexibility to Patients
By Tara McMeekin
A layup of the AFO materials just prior to pulling the plastic. Photographs courtesy of Click Medical. Innovation is not uncommon in the O&P industry.
How to Develop and Host a Patient Event
By Libby Johnston
The prosthetics team at De La Torre Orthotics & Prosthetics, headquarteredin Pittsburgh, meets on Monday mornings. The meeting includesprosthetists, technicians, billing and administrative staff, departmentheads, the business development director,...
Face to Face
Hans P. Wulf Jr., MPO, Resident Prosthetist/Orthotist
After graduating with a master's degree in exercise science from State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland in 2011, Hans P. Wulf Jr., MPO, was having difficulty finding a job in his field. Marc Werner, CPO, FAAOP, a family friend, suggested...
Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Billing for O&P devices and care is complicated. When you havequestions, count on Got FAQs? to help keep your claims on track.This month's column answers your questions about the 2017Medicare deductible, replacement codes for knee orthoses K-0901a...
Adaptive Stand-up Tennis Comes to Texas
From left, Cristian Contreras and Daniel Scrivano. Photographs courtesy of Justin Tzou. The Texas Tennis & Education Foundationand the TAP (Adaptive Tennis in StandingPosition) Foundation presented the first-everU.S.
The Hartford Ski Spectacular: Adaptive Snow Sports for all Skill Levels
The Colorado mountains got off to aslow start with snowfall this season,but that did not deter the more than800 participants who flocked to BeaverRun Resort and Breckenridge SkiResort, Breckenridge, from attendingthe 29th annual The Hartford Ski S...
Making the Case for O&P in an Uncertain Climate
By Andrea Spridgen
Consumers and providers of healthcare in the UnitedStates are facing many questions about the future ofaccess to and reimbursement of healthcare services asa new Congress and president prepare to lead federalpublic policy. No matter the changes we...
At Ottobock University, the industry's largest and most knowledgeable staff of clinical and technical specialists are available to provide you the education, practical information, support, and the quality you expect.
Myoelectric Orthosis Reduces Upper-limb Impairment in Chronic Stroke
A study conducted to determine the immediate impact of a portable, myoelectric elbow-wrist-hand orthosis (EWHO) among people with chronic stroke conditions found that the device significantly reduced upper-limb impairment among the participants.
Just in Time for the Annual Meeting: Academy Annual Meeting Sessions Sneak Peek
By Joyce Perrone, Jonathan S. Akins, Andrea Ikeda, David Knapp, Michael Fotis, Christopher Robinson
The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists' 2017 Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposiums is being held March 1-4 in Chicago. This Online Exclusive presents additional details about several session presentations to take you beyond the program. We hope the details enhance your experience or provide you with more insight into the proceedings.
Having a component inventory available in your facility does not make our product OTS. A VertAlign Spinal Support System is custom fit, requiring
the clinical and biomechanical expertise of an orthotist to select the correct front and back shells from the 550 different size, shape, and lordosis- and kyphosis-possible configurations. The orthotist's professional skills are needed to select, adjust, and apply the components that meet the patient's unique anatomical spinal support needs. We provide components and product training. You provide clinical judgement and professional skills.
TRS introduces a stronger, more versatile, two-piece cable-harness hanger system in standard and heavy-duty cable versions. It features a reusable hanger component and a replaceable, less expensive ball adapter cable fitting. The new Binary Hanger System is constructed of high-performance stainless steel and is significantly stronger than conventional hangers. Additionally, the system allows for double swaging the ferrule, capturing the cable and creating significant extra strength.
It's another superior-quality TRS product.
- New titanium material increases the maximum carry load at the proximal segment by 50%
- Titanium material improves the protection of the motor from impact forces
- Titanium digits add 1 oz. of weight to the i-limb® hand
- Available for i-limb quantum, revolution, ultra, and access hands in S, M, and L
Contact us to learn more.
Tidwell's Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker is available in standard black with a removable Plastazote insert, a full interface lining, standard rocker sole, and DACRON back straps attached with copper rivets.
Tidwell's Orthotics is offering the CROW with a turnaround of 5-7 days at an incredible price.
The TAD system for people with upper-limb amputations is designed to temporarily replace the hook or prosthetic hand on body-powered or electronic upper-limb prostheses to allow the user to safely perform a wide range of activities. For people with partial hand amputations or hand dysfunction, the system components can also be used with a WHO brace equipped with a quick disconnect coupler in the palm.
TAD's quick insert-release terminal device holds a wide variety of interchangeable tools and implements, including dining or cooking utensils, personal grooming devices, and tools for gardening, carpentry, mechanic work, sports, and hobbies.
Texas Assistive Devices
NSP/CSP is a green, eco-friendly, natural fiber that creates no itch. Copycat fibers that claim no itch don't compare.
NSP/CSP is a unique fiber that is lighter and stronger, and offers half the stiffness and ten times more impact resistance than carbon. The stiffness can be regulated by fiber orientation to equal carbon. NSP/CSP is dynamic in its ability to be either stiff or flexible depending upon the practitioner's preference. NSP/CSP wets out fast because of its high resin fiber interface and low void content, which means the resin sticks and air does not get
The MAGLOCK eases the frustration
of donning a pin lock liner for
patients who have transtibial or
transfemoral amputations and K1-
K3 activity levels. The MAGLOCK
is developed to deliver up to 90 lb. of
The large distal target allows the
patient to be 10 degrees off center and
still achieve suspension. The ultimate
product for people who have dexterity issues, have pin alignment issues,
or require a caregiver, and much more. No wires, no battery.
All Pro-Flex® feet feature a unique three-blade design with a foot blade
that incorporates a full-effective toe lever and a more anatomical split
toe. This innovative design helps generate exceptional toe-off energy
and a fluid, natural progression from heel strike to toe-off. Learn more
about the Pro-Flex family at www.ossur.com/proflex.
The end of rigid brims
The new SwingBrim™ technology offers the same dynamic brim comfort as the full Socket-less Socket™, but can now be integrated into existing sockets as well. No more static brim shape. No more hard ischial seat. It's the difference between sitting on a hard chair versus sitting in a soft hammock.
View the free SwingBrim and Socket-less Socket training at MartinBionics.com.
This unique AFO has been designed for people with Chopart amputations who wish to remain active. A traditional, full-length AFO will often be stiff and feel unnatural to such a patient. Using a hinged ankle and flexible foot plate with a segmented dynamic filler allows flexion before providing a "stop" that protects the residuum and prevents shoe vamp collapse. The PTB design and the anterior shell redistribute ground reaction forces up the lower limb. For more information, visit our website or call the lab toll-free.
Hersco Ortho Labs
The Triple Action™ Stance/Swing Control
Ankle Joint is designed to provide highly
adjustable control of the lower limb during
both the stance and swing phases of gait.
The patent-pending component excels in
the treatment of complex neuromuscular
disorders. Alignment, plantarflexion resist,
and dorsiflexion resist are independently
adjustable, which help to simplify
optimization. The component delivers high
resistance, permitting mobilization of the
ankle through both the stance and swing
phases of gait.
Our accommodative foot orthotics are specially designed for patients with foot deformities. We offer a variety of materials for foot conditions such as neuropathy, Charcot foot, edema, or amputation; or conditions resulting from health issues like obesity, diabetes, sports injuries, or heart conditions. Custom-made foot orthotics provide support and relief wherever necessary. Apis provides you with a free 3D camera to eliminate impressions or casting-now it's just a push of a button. Fulfill all of your pedorthic needs under one roof. Call our friendly customer service representatives for more information or free samples.
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The Superior Performance (SP) Liner features new, black fabric that allows for additional comfort and stability for active patients. The liner is formulated with both ALPS GripGel and High Density (HD) Gel, which contain properties that help facilitate donning, as well as reducing pistoning and bunching behind the knee. The SP Liner provides superior comfort and diversity and is offered in 3mm and 6mm uniform thicknesses to accommodate most users.
Partial Foot, An Illustrative Guide,
is a comprehensive 12-page guide for
the management and fabrication of
a partial foot prosthesis. Reduce
friction, reduce shearing, reduce
pressure, restore propulsion, restore
limb length, and preserve the residual
limb. The guide has professional
illustrations and step-by-step
instructions. We support our customers
to provide better lives for patients.
Call or e-mail to
request your free copy.
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Do you treat idiopathic toe walking? For over
ten years, we have been using this design in
the vast majority of the cases we see. For the
right patient, this design works exceptionally
well to establish a normal heel-toe gait
pattern. We have found that physical therapists
prefer this design as it is less invasive and lower
profile than hinged AFOs.
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Advanced Orthopedic Designs
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