Partnering With Your Patients - January 2020
The Weighty Challenges of Bariatric Care
By Judith Philipps Otto
The world is changing, and with it, the profiles of those who need prosthetic care: More than three million new cases of obesity are reported annually in the United States—a condition shared by 31percent of adults, according to 2018 reports. Those...More...
Partnering With Your Patients With Diabetes
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
Treating patients with diabetes has always been an uphill battle for most O&P practitioners, and an increasing diabetic population means the challenges will continue to grow, the experts say. "The diabetic foot is one of the biggest challenges we...More...
Amputation, Planned or Traumatic: How Practitioners Plan and Prepare for Both
By Betta Ferrendelli
After a car accident caused a 15-year-old girl to undergo a transfemoral amputation, her clinicians at Total Care Orthotics and Prosthetics, Tulsa, Oklahoma, worked patiently with her as she healed emotionally and physically, says John Brestovansk...More...
OI Proves Best Decision for Care
By Betta Ferrendelli
One summer afternoon 23 years ago, Donna Thornburg got out of her Suburban at a carwash in Westminster, Colorado, to open the passenger-side back door when a car hit her from behind and crushed her knees between the bumpers. Thornburg had two surg...More...
Coping With a Patient’s Death
By Nina Bondre, CPO
I didn't think it would be an appointment that would affect me so profoundly. It seemed routine: an orthotic casting appointment for a ten-month-old girl. She was slightly on the small side for her age, and I remember holding her feet gently as I...More...
The Next Revolution: MPKs for K2 Ambulators
By Gary Wall, MSPO, CPO
When treating the K2 transfemoral population, we are often left yearning for the safety and control we have with microprocessor-controlled knee (MPK) technology for our K3 population. A recent Clinical Practice Guideline recommends MPKs for K2 amb...More...
Kick off the New Year Right: Four Things to Help Your Practice
By Erin Cammarata
There is never a bad time to review, assess, and improve your practice standards. There is just something about a new year, though, that feels like a good time for a fresh start. Implementing these four items should have a positive impact on your...More...
Editor's Note - January 2020
By Andrea Spridgen
One of the things that makes O&P care special and brings such personal satisfaction to clinicians is the relationship they form with their patients. Unlike many other medical professions, O&P practitioners often share in their patients' long-term...More...