How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse - September 2017

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How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse: What the Walking Dead Can Teach Us About Professional Survival
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


Why Study Zombie Stories? According to Platt, "cultural productions reveal something about the societies that created them." Consistent with this principle, "zombie films, comic books, novels, [and] video games…can be seen as significant cu...

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Sculpting Progressive Practices in the Business of Upper-limb Prosthetics


Achieving success in the business of O&P has always depended on a blend of core competencies, including excellent hand skills, an affinity for interacting with and listening to people, reasoned clinical judgement, and sound business practices....

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60 Rehabilitation and Disability Organizations Host Successful Congressional Briefing
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Jill O’Brien


On June 27, a group of rehabilitation and disability advocacy organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP), raised their voices on Capitol Hill with a single and powerful message

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Accidents Happen. Then What?
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Traumatic upper-limb amputation is a devastating event. The inadequacies of current prosthetic technologies, with their inherent bulk and heat retention, lack of sensory input, and limited dexterity, have been readily acknowledged by the O&P profe...

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Academy Society Spotlight

Academy Society Spotlight Motivating Patients, Improving Care
By Brittany Pousett, CP(C), MSc


In early 2015, our clinic decided to begin using outcome measures routinely with patients throughout their treatments. The practitioners were all motivated by different things—some wanted to facilitate discussion with other members of the re...

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Stepping Out

Achilles Tendinopathy
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


In Greek mythology, Achilles’ mother, Thetis, dipped her young son headfirst into the river Styx to safeguard him in future battle. Holding him by the ankle, she left only his heel vulnerable to injury. The Achilles tendon, the strongest and large...

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Better Business

Developing an Action Plan for Your Business, Part IV
By Chris Field, MBA


In the preceding articles in this series, I have presented a framework for reviewing the operations side of your business and determining actionable objectives. Now begins the real work of developing a plan of attack, a strategy, and executing tha...

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On Topic

The Right Employees in The Wrong Positions
By Erin Cammarata


Do you have good employees who are not performing at the level you expect? Have you described an employee as dependable, smart, and motivated, but found that the employee did not excel in his or her job? Have you ever thought that maybe it was not...

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Today's Consumer

Prostheses Give Alabama Native the Right Fit
By Betta Ferrendelli


When James Leath met with his physician this summer, he had one request.“I said I wish I could find a new prosthetist,” says Leath, who was born 43 years ago in Albertville, Alabama, with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to...

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Shop Talk

Build a Light Box
By Travis Petersen, BOCP, COA


If you make double upright orthoses, a light box is a must. If you don’t have a light box, or an x-ray viewer, you can buy one, and they range from cheap to expensive. But why not build one that exactly meets your needs?

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Perspective

An Exercise Assistive Device for People with Upper-limb Disability
By Marilyn Mitchell, PhD, and David I. Anderson, PhD


Participation in physical activity is a crucial component of the rehabilitation process for people with disabilities. But for people with upper-limb disabilities who find it difficult or impossible to use their hands, reduced participation in resi...

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Viewpoint

How Do Pop Culture and Office Culture Affect Business?
By Andrea Spridgen


As you picked up this issue of The O&P EDGE, you may have been surprised to see the words zombie apocalypse on the cover. What could this movie/tv/novella genre have to do with the business of O&P? Pop culture is often a window into the collective...

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Online Exclusive

Biomechanical Compensations May Lead to Secondary Pain After Transtibial Amputation


A study published online August 27 in Clinical Biomechanics measured the biomechanical compensations of the trunk and lower limbs during high-demand tasks such as step ascent and descent by identifying low back, hip, and knee joint moment patterns...

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