Meeting the Prosthetic Needs of Patients With Greater Body Mass

scale-ability-prosthetics-orthotics-ABILITYBy Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
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As O&P practitioners encounter more patients who are overweight, they need to be creative in finding solutions and may have to look beyond their preconceived notions about the patients' abilities. While treating patients who are larger can pose unique challenges, experts say it remains the practitioner's job to meet the challenges to help their patients become as mobile and active as possible.

"Sometimes people have certain stereotypes in their minds about these patients and may not provide them the treatment that they would to anyone else," says Michelle Hall, MS, CPO, FAAOP(D), prosthetist residency director, Gillette Lifetime Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul, Minnesota. "We can't lose sight of our jobs."

Article Presents Literature Review of Exoskeleton Use in Post-stroke Gait Rehabilitation

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For patients who have had a stroke, powered robotic exoskeletons are a potential intervention for gait rehabilitation to enable repetitive walking practice, which maximizes neural recovery. As this is a relatively new technology for stroke, a pair of researchers from Canada conducted a scoping review to help guide current research and propose recommendations for advancing the research development. The aim of the review was to map the current literature surrounding the use of robotic exoskeletons for gait rehabilitation in adults post-stroke. The article was published online June 8, in the open-access Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.

NEW Microprocessor Partial Hand Prostheis

ABILITY Prosthetics and Orthotics is proud to showcase this amazing video of a working prosthetic microprocessor partial hand. This prosthetic hand is the first one to be done in Northern Nevada!


Scoliosis-Graphic-ABIITY-Prosthetics-Orthotics-ScoliosisUnderarm Bracing May Slow Scoliosis Progression in Adults

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A study published online June 22 in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation found that a custom-molded underarm lumbar-sacral orthosis (LSO) could be effective in slowing the progression rate of scoliosis in adults. The retrospective cohort study followed outpatients in two tertiary care hospitals in France. Thirty-eight adults with nonoperated progressive idiopathic or degenerative scoliosis were treated with the LSOs, with a minimum follow-up time of ten years before bracing and five years after bracing. The LSO was prescribed to be worn for a minimum of six hours per day. Progression was defined as a variation in Cobb angle equal to or greater than 10 degrees between the first and the last radiograph before bracing.

NAAOP Issues an O&P Call to Action

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The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) released a webcast with an O&P call to action regarding S. 829, the Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Improvement Act of 2015, as follows.

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