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May 2012

Orthofix inks agreement to sell Breg to private equity firm for $140 million

Lewisville, TX-based Orthofix International signed an agreement on April 24 to sell Breg, its sports medicine business, to Chicago-based Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic private equity firm focused on the healthcare industry. Water Street is expected to close on … Continue reading

May 2012

Preliminary research supports use of advanced wound care product

The AutoloGel System, made by Gaithersburg, MD-based Cytomedix, shows efficacy for healing chronic wounds, according to three posters presented at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC), held in Atlanta in April. The system uses an individual’s own blood to … Continue reading

May 2012

Arthritis Foundation recognizes on-the-move orthopedic surgeon

At its April Women on the Move Luncheon in New York City the Arthritis Foundation honored Alexis Chiang Colvin, MD, assistant professor of sports medicine in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Mount Sinai School … Continue reading

May 2012

Cyclist with CMT begins ride across US on elliptical bike to benefit foundation

Last month Andreas Johansson, a Swedish cyclist with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) began a nearly 6000-mile cross-country journey on an ElliptiGo 8C elliptical bike that will take him from New York City to Seattle and then down to his finishing point … Continue reading

May 2012

Biomedix earns best company nod

Minnesota Business magazine has named Saint Paul, MN-based BioMedix one of its “100 Best Companies to Work For,” a list that recognizes businesses that make an impact and set a standard of excellence for others to follow. BioMedix, a medical … Continue reading

May 2012

ABC announces changes for assistants

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC) announced last month that requirements for its certified orthotic/ prosthetic assistant designation will change as of January 1, 2013. Individuals seeking ABC assistant certification have until September 30 to … Continue reading

May 2012

DM Systems goes green, reduces environmental impact, saves dollars

Evanston, IL-based DM Systems made a series of environmental efforts in 2011, including upgrading its lighting to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and implementing a bicycle-friendly commuter policy for employees, according to its first environmental sustainability report, released last month. DM, … Continue reading

May 2012

Rehab center demos new exoskeleton that helps paralyzed patients walk again

In April, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, CA, debuted the ReWalk exoskeleton robot, which can help people with lower-limb paralysis walk again. As the crowd of spinal cord injury patients, their families, and press watched, 36-year-old Agnes … Continue reading

May 2012

Trigger point author speaks at June events

Author and continuing education instructor Valerie DeLaune will lecture on trigger points at two June conferences. DeLaune has written books on trigger point therapy for foot, ankle, leg, and knee pain and for repetitive strain injuries. She is scheduled to … Continue reading

May 2012

Nonprofit group partners with Allard

In April the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA) announced a new patient-focused partnership with orthotic device manufacturers and distributors Allard International, based in Helsingborg, Sweden, and Allard USA, based in Rockaway, NJ. The partnership embodies the philanthropic spirit of the Allard companies … Continue reading

May 2012

AOPA annual meeting set for September

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association will hold its 95th National Assembly and New England Chapter Combined Meeting September 6-9 in Boston, MA. Practitioners can attend spe­­ci­alty sessions to earn up to 30 continuing education credits and view the latest … Continue reading

May 2012

Zimmer launches app for OA patients

Warsaw, IN-based Zimmer has developed Arthritis 411, an iPad application designed to help individuals with knee and hip osteoarthritis learn more about their condition and treatment options. The app offers a library of simple animations and videos as well as … Continue reading

May 2012

PT course focuses on kinesiology tape

Boise, ID-based Spider Tech will work with Canadian digital education development company Collarborans to offer educational courses for physical therapists interested in learning more about the company’s precut, apply-by-the-numbers kinesiology tape. Toronto-based Collaborans offers interactive digital education and seminars for … Continue reading

May 2012

Bike-a-thon supports disabled kids

Edward Glaser, DPM, of Lyles, TN-based Sole Supports has partnered with Charles C. Southerland, DPM, professor in the School of Podiatric Medicine at Barry University in Miami, FL, to support the Yucatan Crippled Children’s Project, the medical mission Southerland founded … Continue reading

April 2012

Class action lawsuit alleges deceptive claims about barefoot-simulating shoes

Concord, MA-based Vibram USA was named in late March as the defendant in a class action lawsuit filed in the US District Court in Massachusetts that alleged the company made deceptive claims about health benefits of its FiveFingers running footwear. … Continue reading

April 2012

Switch to Allard carbon composite AFOs increases calf circumference, study finds

Research presented in March at the American Association of Orthotists & Prosthetists meeting in Atlanta reported that switching patients with foot drop from a molded plastic ankle foot orthosis (AFO) to energy reflecting carbon open-heel AFOs made by Rockaway, NJ-based … Continue reading

April 2012

Baylor announces new O&P master’s degree program will debut in 2013

Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston will introduce a new Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics degree program through its School of Allied Health Sciences. The 2.5-year program, which will consist of one year of basic science education … Continue reading

April 2012

TheraTogs launches certified fitter program, sets first workshop dates

Telluride, CO-based TheraTogs announced its Certified Thera-Togs Fitter (CTF) program, a new nationwide workshop series designed to sharpen the clinical skills of physical, occupational, and speech therapists, orthotists, and physiatrists who fit and customize TheraTogs orthotic systems. CTF Level I … Continue reading

April 2012

ComfortFit promotion offers customers free orthotic topcover personalization

Roselle, NJ-based ComfortFit Labs will add practitioners’ custom logo to its prefabricated Comfort Dress and Comfort Active orthotics at no charge and will waive freight charges with a purchase of 100 or more inserts. The Comfort Dress is a functional … Continue reading

April 2012

Apelqvist receives 2012 Olmos award for advocacy in amputation prevention

Noted physician, educator, and international expert on the diabetic foot and wound management Jan Apelqvist, MD, PhD, received this year’s Edward James Olmos Award for Advocacy in Amputation Prevention at the 10th Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon), held in Los … Continue reading

March 2012

South Dakota passes bill capping patients’ copays for physical therapy

On February 27 South Dakota Gov Dennis Daugaard signed House Bill 1183, legislation promoted by the South Dakota Physical Therapy Association (SDPTA) that reduces out-of-pocket expenses for patients. HB 1183 limits the amount health insurers can charge patients for out-of-pocket … Continue reading

March 2012

Surgeons pioneer first remote-control internal limb lengthening system

Orthopedic surgeons at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD, recently performed the first tibial implantation in North America using a novel externally controllable internal limb lengthening system. Shawn Standard, MD, head of pediatric orthopedics at Sinai’s International Center for Limb Lengthening … Continue reading

March 2012

Book focuses on female athletes

Warren Potash’s recently released book, They’re Not Boys: Safely Training the Adolescent Female Athlete, is designed to help teenaged female athletes and their parents understand that young women who participate in athletics have a higher risk of injury. Potash also … Continue reading

March 2012

PFA has new address, phone numbers

As of March 1, the Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) office address is: Pedorthic Footcare Association, 8400 Westpark Drive, second floor, McLean, VA 22102. The PFA’s new phone number is 703/610-9035 or 800/ 673-8447. The new fax number is 703/995-4456. The … Continue reading

March 2012

Corflex finalizes soft goods contract

Manchester, NH-based Corflex, a veteran-owned manufacturer of orthopedic rehabilitation products, has won a supplier diversity agreement with Irving, TX-based Novation for orthopedic soft goods. The three-year deal offers market competitive pricing. Novation established a supplier diversity program committed to supporting … Continue reading