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September 2017

Ottobock develops pediatric knee joint

Austin, TX-based Ottobock HealthCare in September reported it has developed the first everyday prosthesis with hydraulic swing phase control specifically for children. Continue reading

August 2017

House approves AOPA-backed legislation

The Alexandria, VA-based American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) reported the US House of Representatives on July 25 voted to approve a bill that includes an O&P provision recognizing the orthotist-prosthetist’s notes as part of the medical record in Medicare Medical Necessity Determinations. Continue reading

August 2017

BraceLab formed to market Push Braces

Occupational therapist Judy C. Colditz, OT/L, CHT, FAOTA, announced in July that she has formed a new company, Raleigh, NC-based BraceLab, and completed an agreement for it to be the exclusive US distributor of Push Braces, owned by Nea International BV in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Continue reading

August 2017

Vicon unveils Vertex compact camera

Oxford, UK-based Vicon in July released a new 1.3 megapixel compact camera, the Vertex. Continue reading

August 2017

Ottobock hosts adaptive training event

Minneapolis, MN-based Ottobock on August 2 sponsored an adaptive training event the evening before the start of the three-day Amputee Coalition National Conference, held in Louisville, KY. Continue reading

August 2017

Wright highlights foot and ankle systems

Wright Medical Group highlighted three new lower extremity systems at the July 12-15 American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) 2017 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA. Continue reading

August 2017

FDA clears foot/ankle In2Bones systems

Memphis, TN-based In2Bones USA reported in July it has received US Food and Drug Administration clearance for its new fracture repair and correction systems. Continue reading

August 2017

APTA reaches 100K-member mark

The Alexandria, VA-based American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in August reported it has achieved a major membership milestone: 100,000 members. Continue reading

August 2017

Össur brace mimics native ACL function

The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine on July 6 epublished study data showing support with an Össur dynamic force anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) brace better matches the angle-dependent forces of a native ACL than a static force ACL brace. Continue reading

August 2017

Orthotic designer John Sabolich dies

John Alan Sabolich, CPO, owner and clinical director of Scott Sabolich Prosthetics & Research in Oklahoma City, OK, died July 23. He was 68. Continue reading

August 2017

AOFAS launches awareness campaign

The Rosemont, IL-based American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) in July launched a consumer awareness campaign and website to help the public recognize the value of seeking a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon for foot and ankle care. Continue reading

August 2017

APMA contributes ‘Choosing Wisely’ list

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) on August 1 published a “Choosing Wisely” list from the Bethesda, MD-based American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Continue reading

August 2017

Pacira’s Exparel cuts post-TKA opioid use

The Journal of Arthroplasty in August published data showing local infiltration analgesia (LIA) with liposomal bupivacaine (LB) made by Parsippany, NJ-based Pacira Pharmaceuticals improves pain scores and reduces opioid use after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) compared with LIA alone. Continue reading

August 2017

CIHR MSK institute names Kahn director

The Ottawa, Ontario-based Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in July appointed Karim Khan, PhD, scientific director of its Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, effective October 1. Continue reading

August 2017

Cleveland Clinic to host wound care event

The Cleveland Clinic announced in July that it plants to host the 2017 Limb Salvage and Woundcare Symposium October 6-7 in Independence, OH. The continuing medical education event will feature lectures, panel discussion, and case studies focused on limb revascularization and wound care for patients with diabetes. Continue reading

July 2017

NATA inducts hall of famers at 68th expo

The Dallas, TX-based National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) on June 28 inducted seven individuals into its Hall of Fame at the association’s 68th Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in Houston, TX. Continue reading

July 2017

Amputee groups air ACA reform concerns

The Alexandria, VA-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and the Amputee Coalition, headquartered in Knox­ville, TN, on June 27 held a news conference to outline the “big three” priority issues in the healthcare reform debate for amputees. Continue reading

July 2017

ACR, AAHKS publish TJA drug care recs

Arthritis Care & Research on June 16 epublished guidelines from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) on perioperative management of antirheumatic medication for patients with rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis, juvenile… Continue reading

July 2017

BOC picks first Newberry Award winner

The Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) in July made Harry J.R. Brandt, BOCO, CO, LO, the inaugural recipient of the Jim Newberry Award for Extraordinary Service. Continue reading

July 2017

Panel issues protocols for Össur hip brace

A multidisciplinary panel of clinical experts in June released treatment protocol recommendations for three populations of patients with hip osteoarthritis (OA) that included first-time advice regarding Foothills Ranch, CA-based Össur’s Unloader Hip brace. Continue reading

July 2017

ACSM gives first young scientist award

Bloomington, IN-based American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) at its May 30-June 3 annual meeting in Denver, CO, awarded Allison Gruber, PhD, assistant professor in Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Public Health, its Young Scientist Award. Continue reading

July 2017

ROMP climbs highlight amputee issues

The Denver, CO-based Range of Mobility Project (ROMP) in July announced it is encouraging groups of supporters across the globe to organize climbs to back the nonprofit’s mission of providing high-quality prosthetic care in underserved populations. Continue reading

July 2017

Orpyx smart insoles used in wound healing

Plastic Surgery Case Studies on June 28 epublished a report detailing the use of Calgary, Canada-based Orpyx’s smart insole system in the management of loss of protective sensation in a patient with a degloving injury of the foot reconstructed with a latissimus dorsi free flap and skin graft. Continue reading

July 2017

Ottobock to assist Invictus Games athletes

Austin, Texas-based Ottobock reported in July it will provide O&P technical services for the Invictus Games for the third year since the event’s 2014 inaugural competition in London, UK. Continue reading

July 2017

NYSPMA installs Caribbean-born president

The New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) announced in June it has installed Patricia Nicholas, DPM, as the 75th president of the association. Nicholas, in private practice in Wading River, NY, is the first Caribbean-born woman to serve as president. Continue reading