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October 2014

AAOS releases new guidelines for hip fracture, ACL injury, infant hip dysplasia

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) on September 9 released three new clinical practice guidelines (CPG) featuring evidence-based recommendations for diagnosing and treating hip fractures in patients… Continue reading

October 2014

Software suppliers Opie, Futura merge

Company officers for Gaines­ville, FL-based Opie Software and Clearwater, FL-based Futura International announced the merger of their two companies and introduced a new prac­tice network, the Opie Choice Network, in… Continue reading

October 2014

Ottobock to support 2016 Paralympics

Duderstadt, Germany-based Ottobock HealthCare announced in September that it will provide technical services for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading

October 2014

JBIT MedPro system sees strong sales

Missouri City, TX-based JB3 Innovations’ JBIT MedPro lower limb strengthening device has experienced 5000% growth over the past 18 months, the company announced in September. Continue reading

October 2014

Kinematix offers wearable O&P tracker

Kinematix, which has a US office in Cambridge, MA, released on October 3 a wearable sensing device that can be embedded in orthotic and prosthetic devices to measure wear-time compliance and provide evidence of clinical efficacy. Continue reading

October 2014

CMS adds two OTS knee orthosis codes

The Centers for Medicare and  Medicaid Services (CMS) made effective on October 1 two new off-the-shelf (OTS) knee orthosis codes. Continue reading

October 2014

Sigvaris calls for photo contest entries

Peachtree City, GA-based Sigvaris North America launched a photo contest in October to raise awareness of venous issues and promote leg health. Continue reading

October 2014

Freedom Innovations knee enters market

Irvine, CA-based Freedom Innovations in September released its new microprocessor knee prosthesis. The Plié 3 Microprocessor Controlled (MPC) Knee is designed to adjust to walking, running, uneven terrain, and occasional water exposure. Continue reading

October 2014

AOPA announces new board members

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) announced in September at its National Assembly in Las Vegas the organization’s newly elected executive committee officers and board members for the 2014-2015 term. Continue reading

October 2014

Townsend brace improves knee function

A poster presented at the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) National Assembly, held in September in Las Vegas, found that use of a decompressive knee brace from Bakersfield, CA-based Townsend Design significantly… Continue reading

October 2014

Echometrix patents ultrasound method

The US Patent and Trademark Office on September 19 awarded Madison, WI-based Echometrix a patent for its ultrasound technology for the dynamic functional analysis of injured and healing tissues. Continue reading

October 2014

Dr. Comfort supports cancer research

Milwaukee, WI-based Dr. Comfort is offering the Tonya, a tall, stylish pink slipper for women, and pink versions of its Victory and Victory Plus athletic shoes in honor of October’s Breast Cancer… Continue reading

October 2014

Hornfisher joins OHI as channel manager

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Orthotic Holdings, Inc (OHI) announced October 1 that Russell Hornfisher has joined its development team as O&P channel manager. Continue reading

September 2014

Pioneering O&P engineer Dudley Childress dies after 47-year career

Dudley S. Childress, PhD, professor emeritus of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and director emeritus of the Northwestern University Prosthetic Orthotic Center (NUPOC) in Chicago, died on August 6 after a long illness. He was 79. Continue reading

September 2014

FDA OKs low-dose NSAID for OA pain

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August approved Iroko Pharmaceuticals’ low-dose nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for management of osteoarthritis pain. Continue reading

September 2014

ProtoKinetics software shows reliability

An August study comparing ProtoKinetics Movement Analysis Software (PKMAS) with the widely used GaitRite system concludes the software from Havertown, PA-based ProtoKinetics is a reliable alternative processing method. Continue reading

September 2014

Sports med experts offer ACL workshop

Sports medicine specialists from The Ohio State University and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital are offering their 12th Annual ACL Workshop in Cincinnati at the hospital’s Medical Education Resource Center on October 11. Continue reading

September 2014

Body in Motion partners with Aqualeg

Aqualeg, a French manufacturer of functional prosthetic covers headquartered in Thouaré-sur-Loire, in August formed a strategic partnership with Body In Motion Sports & Orthopaedics, awarding the Toms River, NJ-based company its “Center of Excellence” designation. Continue reading

September 2014

New owners keep P.W. Minor in business

Batavia Shoes owners Andrew Young and Peter Zeliff announced in August that they have purchased Batavia, NY-based P.W. Minor & Son, a 147-year-old shoe company that had been in danger of going out of business. Continue reading

September 2014

Professional groups ask CMS to amend ‘restrictive’ custom orthotic fitting rule

In August a number of groups, including the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA), the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, formally called for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)… Continue reading

September 2014

CMS begins fingerprinting of O&P owners

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 6 began its anticipated fingerprint-based background check for certain providers the agency classifies as “high-risk,” a category that includes anyone who owns more than 5% of a company supplying orthoses, prostheses, or durable medical equipment. Continue reading

September 2014

Tria, Vikings provide training for teens

Minneapolis, MN-based Tria Orthopaedic Center partnered in August with the Minnesota Vikings to provide certified athletic training coverage for all high school football programs within the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts this upcoming season. Continue reading

September 2014

Tech mag awards OPM for 3D innovation

The New Economy, a quarterly technology and innovation magazine and website, in August recognized South Windsor, CT-based Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) with its “Best Global Company for 3D Healthcare Innovation” award. Continue reading

September 2014

Össur VP sets amputee marathon record

Kim De Roy, CPO, PT, Össur Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Education, Prosthetics, set a new world marathon record for transtibial amputees at the Reykjavik Marathon on August 23, the Reykjavik, Iceland-based company announced. Continue reading

September 2014

Down syndrome talk on APTA website

Video of the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) roundtable discussion on Down syndrome is now available on its website. Continue reading