Qualitative Research - April 2020

Feature

Managing Fall Risk
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


The effects of a fall for patients with lower-limb amputations can be traumatic. Falls can delay their physical recovery, create financial hardship, and trigger a fear that limits their progress. Unfortunately, most people with lower-limb amputa...

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Qualitative Research: A Different Way of Understanding
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


How do we determine our patients' needs and effective ways to meet those needs? This question is both philosophical and practical. Clinicians make decisions and recommendations every day based on their understanding of the right way (or at least a...

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SPECIAL REPORT: COVID-19 Impacts O&P Facilities, Distributors
By Betta Ferrendelli


The O&P profession continues to address updates issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the ongoing threat of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. O&P clinics and distributors hav...

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Today's Consumer

Wrong Turn Changes Snowmobiler’s Life
By Betta Ferrendelli


Scott Moltzan woke to sunny, blue skies on a cold day in Fargo, North Dakota, in January 1998. The fields beyond his house were covered in freshly fallen snow. It was a snowmobiler's dream.

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Shop Talk

A New Approach to Trimming CAD/CAM Prosthetic Sockets
By Vardan Gazarian, CPO


With computer-aided design (CAD) becoming commonplace in O&P, it behooves us to examine whether our existing processes are still the most efficient when it comes to the manual tasks of fabricating a prosthesis. For example, one of the manual task...

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Perspective

The Influence of O&P on Biological Mechanical Kinematics
By Michael Wilson, CPO/LP


I recently asked this question on the OANDP-L listserv: Is anybody interested in how the mechanical design and clinical application of extracorporeal orthotics, prosthetics, and robotics (OPR) might directly influence active and voluntary or enact...

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Industry Review - Conference

Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium: Create, Innovate, Deliver
By Betta Ferrendelli


With more than 1,700 in attendance, the 50th annual AAOP meeting had lots to offer: networking opportunities, an exhibit hall packed with the latest trends, and booth chats with Betta!

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A - April 2020
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.

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Editor's Message

Editor's Note - April 2020
By Andrea Spridgen


Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a compulsive planner. I thrive on order, and having a plan and usually a plan B is conducive to that environment. But as we went into production on this issue of The O&P EDGE , several factors conspired to upen...

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