The Lower Limb Issue - February 2021
Comparative Efficacy of Microprocessor Knees: The OASIS 1 Findings
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
Microprocessor knees (MPKs) have been the most studied prosthetic technology since their introduction to the field several decades ago. Due in large part to these clinical studies and the positive patient outcomes generally associated with MPKs, t...More...
K2 Ambulator Options Evolve With Seniors in Mind
By Judith Philipps Otto
As aging baby boomers contribute to the growth of the elderly population, the population of K2 ambulators also grows, increased by amputations due to vascular disease—and, consequently, the demand for fresh prosthetic solutions to keep them sa...More...
FES and AFOs for Foot Drop: Linking Domains of Patient Experience
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D), and Daniel Weiser, MPO
It's natural to think in structural terms when considering the value of the treatment we provide, because O&P care is so closely identified with the provision of a device. Individuals are referred to us following impairments in body structure and...More...
By Lisa Lake
Billing for O&P devices and care is complicated. When you have questions, count on Got FAQs? to help keep your claims on track.More...
Academy Society Spotlight
The Present and Future of Powered Knees
By Kellen Weigand, MPO
There are over 270,000 people with transfemoral amputations in the United States, with around 40,000 new patients each year.1 Many of them use prosthetic devices to regain independence and mobility; however, it is well documented that use of a pro...More...
Population Growth Demands More O&P Education
By William C. Neumann, CPO, and Christian Schlierf
A fundamental global change is required in the approach to the underlying educational assumptions of the O&P profession. As of 2011, more than a billion people experienced disability, one-third of whom are children, and the numbers are increasin...More...
Editor's Note - February 2021
By Andrea Spridgen
As any clinician can tell you, deciding which O&P device to recommend for a patient is multifaceted. Practitioners consider their own experience, research, the patients' clinical presentation and personal preferences, new options, and payer reimbu...More...