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February 2018

Performance Block for Fitness

OPTP has launched the Performance Block, a foam support tool for use in fitness training, yoga, Pilates, and physical  Therapy. Performance Block’s unique  patented “dip” shape supports the user during a variety of exercises and helps promote improved strength and functioning throughout the body. Continue reading

February 2018

Redesigned Original AFO Assist

The Original AFO Assist from Home Heart Beats has been redesigned for the user’s greater convenience. The Original AFO Assist facilitates one-handed donning of AFOs and shoes for those with limited mobility, including patients with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other physical challenges. Continue reading

February 2018

Sani-Vac 750A Dust Collector

Handler Mfg offers its improved 750A Sani-Vac dust collector. The unit incorporates new features intended to assist podiatrists, pedorthists, orthopedists, physical therapists, and their associates by saving time and provide safe material pickup. Continue reading

February 2018

Solid-Color Transfers

Cascade Dafo, creators of the original Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis (DAFO), has launched a line of solid-color transfers for its custom braces. Patients can choose from 8 new color options and pair them with any of Cascade’s strap and padding designs and colors. Continue reading

February 2018

Therafirm/Knit-Rite receive state award

Therafirm, Hamlet, NC, and its parent company, Knit-Rite, Kansas City, KS, received North Carolina’s Top Rural Exporter Award, one of five awards sponsored by the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and presented by Governor Roy Cooper at a ceremony in the Governor’s Mansion on January 31. Continue reading

February 2018

PathMaker receives funding for noninvasive device development

PathMaker Neurosystems, Boston, MA, announced it has received a funding award from the New England Pediatric Device Consortium (NEPDC) to support development of PathMaker’s MyoAmplifier™ system to treat paralysis and weakness due to damaged neuromotor pathways. Continue reading

February 2018

OIG to examine billing for OTS orthoses

The US Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) will examine the extent to which Medicare beneficiaries are being supplied certain off-the-shelf orthotic devices without visiting the referring physician within 12 months prior to their orthotic. Continue reading

February 2018

FollowKnee to develop 3D-printed artificial knee joints

Brest, France-based FollowKnee has been awarded a €7.9 million grant by the French national research agency to use 3D scanning and printing techniques to create a better artificial knee joint design and develop a new approach to production. The 3D printing will be conducted by Rennes, France-based SLS, known for producing… Continue reading

February 2018

Agility Health to sell US assets

Agility Health Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, has agreed to sell 100% of its US-based assets to Alliance Physical Therapy Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, Tampa, FL, a portfolio company of New York-based asset management firm GPB Capital Holdings. Continue reading

February 2018

Legislation: O&P clinician notes

The clinical notes of orthotists and prosthetists will again be recognized as part of a patient’s medical record to determine reasonable and medical necessity of O&P devices—a change that was included in the bipartisan Continuing Resolution passed by Congress February 9. Continue reading

February 2018

DJO to pay $7.62 million for subsidiary’s “assumptive selling”

DJO Global (DJO), Vista, CA, has agreed to pay $7.62 million to resolve allegations that its now-defunct subsidiary, Empi, Shoreview, MN, submitted false claims to TRICARE for excessive, unnecessary transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) electrodes that TRICARE beneficiaries did not need or use. Continue reading

February 2018

APTA courses included in aPTitude CE resource

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) have partnered to bring APTA’s Learning Center continuing education offerings to FSBPT’s online system, aPTitude. The site allows physical therapists (PT) and PT assistants to… Continue reading

February 2018

PT licensure compact to begin mid-2018

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) has set mid-2018 as the go-live date for the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, an agreement among member states to improve access to physical therapy (PT) services by increasing the ability of eligible providers to work in… Continue reading

February 2018

AAOS welcomes chief education strategist

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has appointed Anna Salt Troise as its new chief education strategist. In this role, Troise will direct all AAOS education and peer-reviewed publishing activities, as well as its newly implemented strategy.

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February 2018

Podiatric coding expert Harry Goldsmith dies

Harry Goldsmith, DPM, a noted coding expert and consultant to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Health Policy and Practice department, died February 7. Goldsmith was instrumental in the development of the APMA Coding Resource Center, among other efforts that supported the APMA.

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February 2018

PTAG honors legislator

The Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) honored Senator Fran Millar (R-GA) with its Legislator of the Year Award on February 13 for his work to ensure all Georgians have access to physical therapy, reported Dunwoody, GA-based The Crier.

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February 2018

Fashion and inspiration for women

Trend-able.com, a fashion and lifestyle website that seeks to help women who have physical disabilities that require leg braces, orthotic or prosthetic devices or other devices such as for balance and walking to look and feel their best, is a free resource for patients, orthotists and prosthetists… Continue reading

February 2018

Exercising arms improves post-stroke walking

Canadian researchers have demonstrated that that arm exercises—specifically, cycling the arms—improves post-stroke gait. The authors said this is the first study to test the effect of arm training on post-stroke leg function, even years after the event. The results appear in the Journal of Neurophysiology. Continue reading

February 2018

TJA patients discharged home alone do well

Patients who live alone had a safe and manageable recovery when discharged directly home after total joint arthroplasty (TJA), according to a prospective study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. Continue reading

February 2018

Researchers target prevention of posttraumatic osteoarthritis

Reducing oxidative stress in mitochondria shortly after joint injury may prevent posttraumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA), according to a study published in Science Translational Journal. This discovery is compelling because young, active patients are more likely than older patients to experience these injuries, yet are not… Continue reading

February 2018

Core weakness may lead to low back pain in runners

Deep core-muscle weakness in runners leads to compensation strategies that increase pressure and loading on the spine, which may increase the risk of low back pain, a new analysis demonstrates. Continue reading

February 2018

Group urges training exercises to prevent ACL injury

Athletic trainers and healthcare professionals have a fresh set of recommendations to help prevent noncontact and indirect contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in athletes and physically active people. The position statement, “Prevention of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury,” from the… Continue reading

February 2018

Strengthening the Interprofessional Approach to Fall Prevention

Health care professionals who work with older adults are all too familiar with the devastating sequelae of falls, including injury and fear of falling that can lead to activity restriction and further risk of falls. Most worrisome is that death rates from falls have doubled between 2000 and 2014, which highlights the importance of sustaining existing fall prevention efforts, and of building new ones. Continue reading

February 2018

Assessing Limb Length Discrepancy

Leg-length discrepancy and its sequelae are best considered a syndrome affecting many regions of the body through the closed kinetic chain. Most cases require comprehensive, cross-disciplinary treatment. The authors present a novel scoring system for diagnosis.

By Jay Segel, DPM; Susan Sanford, PT, L.Ac, C.SMA; Sally Crawford, MS; and Lori Yarrow, DC, BPE Continue reading

February 2018

Implications of asymmetry in the treatment of injured athletes

Given that many uninjured, successful athletes have some degree of asymmetry, how do clinicians interpret asymmetry in athletes recovering from injury?

By Cary Groner Continue reading