Is 3D Printing A New Toy or a New Tool in Pediatric O&P? - April 2021
Is 3D Printing a New Toy or a New Tool in Pediatric O&P?
By Judith Philipps Otto
3D printing, an idea whose evolution has come a long way in a short while, is still regarded with ambivalence by some O&P clinicians. But its value in serving pediatric O&P patients is becoming evident in cases where practitioner input is a key a...More...
Everybody Hurts: ACE and Trauma-informed Care
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)
In an article titled "What is Clinical Empathy?" Jodi Halpern, MD, PhD, relates the following story to demonstrate how a physician's lack of emotional attunement increased a patient's distress. 1 A pregnant patient reported that she was anxious...More...
Bracing the Curve
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
When it comes to the effectiveness of bracing as a treatment for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), the experts agree: It works and the more the better. "If they are younger kids, their growth plate has not completely closed yet, and if you...More...
Academy Society Spotlight Bioethics in Pediatric O&P: Assent
By Scott Thach, MSPO, CPO/LO
A few months ago, I treated a bright and mature 12-year-old girl with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). She and her parents were there to discuss the differences in a Rigo-style TLSO versus a nighttime Providence TLSO. What was unusual was th...More...
Bullying, Mobbing, and Harassment in O&P: Results of a Negative Acts Survey
By Thomas Karolewski, CP, FAAOP
Introduction First and foremost, you are not alone. This is probably the most encouraging statement I can provide for those that have experienced workplace bullying, mobbing, or harassment. According to a 2017 Workplace Bullying Institute survey...More...
Got FAQs? - April 2021
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...
UCBL Material Selection Varies for Pes Planovalgus
By Jennifer L. Wolbach, LCPO
I posed a question on the OANDP-L listserv to find out what materials other orthotists choose for UCBLs to treat pes planovalgus (PPV) and to gather thoughts about allowing dynamic movement. There was a wide range of materials selected by those wh...More...
Editor's Note - April 2021
By Andrea Spridgen
It's well known that pediatric O&P care involves far more than just fitting scaled-down devices for children. It presents unique challenges, as in childhood-specific conditions and growth rates, and exacerbates others, such as cost, durability, a...More...