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When Are Off-the-Shelf Orthoses Appropriate?
Jun

24

2017

When Are Off-the-Shelf Orthoses Appropriate?

An enduring debate in the rehabilitation specialties centers on the feasibility and applicability of prefabricated, aka “off-the-shelf” or “OTS,” orthopedic braces. From decades ago when virtually all orthotic components were custom-made, the field has evolved to today’s state in which an estimated 35 percent, perhaps more, of all orthoses are prefab, spurred by advanced materials and fabrication technology, aggressive cost containment measures, and Americans’ desire...

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Delivering On The Promise Of Orthotic & Prosthetic assembly Excellence
Jun

13

2017

Delivering On The Promise Of Orthotic & Prosthetic assembly Excellence

Ever wonder what goes on in the “back office” of an orthotic and prosthetic practice? Most health care professionals involved in the care of physically challenged patients and those who wear prosthetic and/or orthotic devices have never ventured into an O&P fabrication lab or witnessed the decision-making and craftsmanship that goes into the creation of current-generation prosthetic limbs and orthopedic braces. Were they to do...

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Creating A 21st Century Prosthetic Socket
Jun

13

2017

Creating A 21st Century Prosthetic Socket

Transfemoral amputee John T., 45, presented with a seven-year-old, outdated prosthetic leg, which no longer fit or functioned properly. Like many traumatic amputees, John maintains an active lifestyle and expects a lot from his replacement limb, including comfort, performance and endurance. For those expectations, an intimate socket fit is essential. John’s prosthetist recommended an all-new limb assembly and components featuring a rigid laminated socket with...

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Spinal Bracing – The Case For Spinal Orthoses
May

30

2017

Spinal Bracing – The Case For Spinal Orthoses

Orthotic management of spinal conditions presents a variety of options and challenges to today’s clinicians…options in the wide variety of devices now in use, challenges in selecting the most appropriate one for each patient’s specific needs. Spinal bracing encompasses three primary objectives: Control of back pain, by limiting motion and unloading discs, vertebrae and other spinal structures through abdominal compression. Temporary stabilization of weak or...

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Art Meets Prosthetic Science In Creation Of Transfemoral Limb Systems
May

30

2017

Art Meets Prosthetic Science In Creation Of Transfemoral Limb Systems

To a prosthetist, the approach to creating a transfemoral, or above knee (A/K), replacement limb can be considerably different than for a lower amputation level. Where a transtibial (B/K) prosthesis must replace the foot, ankle and part of the lower leg, an above-knee system adds the critical knee joint and part of the femur…and the degree of difficulty jumps exponentially. Fortunately, surgeons have become quite...

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