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May 2012

Poly/Lycra Knee Casting Sleeve

The STS Company of Mill Valley, CA, announces the re-introduction of a new and improved polyester/ Lycra Knee/KAFO Casting Sleeve. The new casting material provides a more detailed, accurate, and precise negative lower extremity mold for custom knee braces or … Continue reading

May 2012

Original Levy Dynamic AFO

Levy & Rappel has finally introduced the Original Levy Dynamic AFO. This biomechanically correct and dynamic ankle foot orthosis is fully custom manufactured from the practitioner’s cast and delivered in seven days. A Tamarack ankle joints (dorsiflexion assist or free … Continue reading

May 2012

Children’s AFO Socks

KeepingPace offers SuperMax Children’s AFO Socks, incorporating 92% CoolMax polyester to wick moisture away from the foot when worn under ankle foot orthoses. Construction features 2% Lycra content to ensure stretch and eliminate bunching. A 6% exterior plated nylon content … Continue reading

May 2012

Ultraviolet Shoe Deodorizer

Using UV technology, the shUVee Ultraviolet Shoe Deodorizer is proven to destroy odor causing germs and bacteria, including MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), and T. Rubruna, the parent strain of the fungus commonly known as athlete’s foot. The deodorizer is … Continue reading

May 2012

Ultra High-5 Ankle Brace

Breg has released a new ankle brace named the Ultra High-5, which features a lightweight, semi-rigid, heat-moldable shell designed for anti-rotation and anti-inversion to help patients or athletes recover from high or low ankle injuries. This brace moves with the … Continue reading

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

May 2012

Weight watching: Ten percent gain or loss affects symptoms

Education about weight loss—including why it’s important and how to achieve it—should be “front and center” of any clinical encounter involving patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA), said a researcher who recently published findings on the effects of weight change over time on OA-related pain and functional limitations.

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May 2012

Hatha yoga outperforms traditional exercise for relief of OA-related pain

A study e-published in April by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine suggests hatha yoga is superior to therapeutic exercises in reducing osteoarthritis-related walking pain. Investigators from Ebnezar Orthopedic Center in Bangalore, India, randomized 250 outpatients with radiographic knee OA…

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May 2012

Patellofemoral cartilage damage tends to be medial, even in most valgus knees

Medial cartilage damage, not lateral damage, is the more prevalent pattern of cartilage morphology in patellofemoral knee osteoarthritis in all but the most severely involved knees, according to research from Boston University School of Medicine.

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May 2012

Flying can be trying: Most hip implants trigger security delays

Researchers in Baltimore reported that patients who have undergone total hip arthroplasty may experience greater inconvenience than other passengers when going through airport security.

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May 2012

ACL reconstruction delays increase risk of meniscal, chondral injuries

Research from the University of Hong Kong provides further evidence that delaying anterior cruciate ligament surgery increases the risk of meniscal injury and articular cartilage lesions, both of which are associated with increased long-term risk of knee osteoarthritis. Investigators analyzed…

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May 2012

Study finds no decrease in BMI after ankle surgery despite functional gains

Overweight and obese patients with end-stage ankle arthritis may think that having surgery will inspire them to lose weight, but research from the University of British Columbia suggests that in reality this doesn’t happen. Investigators retrospectively assessed 145 patients who…

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