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1. Amputee athlete develops specialized sports prostheses

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Adam Griggel, who lost his right leg to meningitis, has created his own specialized prostheses for running, cycling, in-line skating and ice skating. His next project will be a prosthetic leg for snowboarding. WISC-TV (Madison, Wis.) (04/14)


2. Assessment, appropriate device selection are key to O&P care

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

O&P practitioners discuss the use of existing and self-created tools for assessing potential functional levels of new patients, as well as considerations involved in selecting an appropriate device. Some practitioners use the Prosthetic Limb Users Survey of Mobility for ongoing assessments, which clinicians agree are critical. O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required) (04/2015)


3. Designer updates flexible 3D-printed hand

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

The 3D-printed Flexy-Hand 2 -- Filaflex Remix, the latest version of a prosthetic hand developed by Steve Wood of Gyrobot, has a realistic look and is made of flexible Filaflex filament. Features include hidden finger hinges, realistic articulation and two thumb angles. Designs for the device, which can be attached to an existing prosthesis, are free online. 3DPrint.com (04/13)


4. Specialized prosthesis allows Boston Marathon amputee to golf again

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Next Step Bionics and Prosthetics fit Boston Marathon bombing victim J.P. Norden with a golf-specific prosthetic leg featuring a rotator that allows him to pivot during a golf swing. "I can't even remember walking with my regular leg," Norden said. Boston.com (04/15)


5. Breaking news from AOPA

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Support the orthotic and prosthetic industry. With the President Signature on April 15, the SGR/Doc Fix has been completed. Enter the Mobility Saves Testimonial Contest for your chance to win! How do you celebrate April's limb loss awareness? This and more in AOPA's Breaking News! Blank (04/16)


6. Device successfully uses brain signals to control prosthesis

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Nine paralyzed patients are testing a device called BrainGate, which uses an implanted sensor in the motor cortex to pick up signals and then translates them into prosthetic arm movements. The system has been successful for all the subjects, regardless of the reason for their paralysis, and scientists hope to develop a wireless system for use at home. Wired.co.uk (U.K.) (04/13)


7. Breaking news from AOPA

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

April 2015 O&P Almanac -- Get your CEs and the latest news. Enter the Mobility Saves Testimonial Contest for your chance to win. April is Limb Loss Awareness Month. Don't miss out on the webinar series. Stay in the know: Subscribe to AOPA's Take. This and more in AOPA's Breaking News! Blank (04/14)


8. Fillauer focuses on worldwide sales

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

O&P maker Fillauer is turning its attention to global sales. "We've hired a new export manager this year and we're going to more trade shows and events around the world," Marking Director Traci Dralle said. Fillauer's exports have grown dramatically in China, Europe and the Middle East, according to Dralle. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (04/14)


9. Strategies that help speed up reimbursement

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Joe McTernan, AOPA's director of reimbursement services, offers tips for timely and proper collection of payments, including requesting coinsurance and deductible payments upon device delivery and accepting credit cards. Building relationships with individuals at payer companies can help resolve reimbursement problems, and businesses should consider the use of professional collection agencies, he writes. O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required) (04/2015)


10. Knee bracing relieves some pain in OA patients

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Valgus knee bracing caused "small to moderate improvements in pain" among patients with knee osteoarthritis, according to researchers at the University of Western Ontario, who conducted a meta-analysis of six randomized, controlled trials. PhysiciansBriefing.com (04/15)




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