Partnering With Your Patients - January 2020

Feature

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...

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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...

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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...

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Today's Consumer

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...

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Clinical Issues

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...

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Perspective

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...

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On Topic

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...

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Online Exclusive

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...

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