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April 2021

Improved MRI Scans Could Aid in Development of Arthritis Treatments

A team of engineers, radiologists, and physicians from the University of Cambridge have developed an algorithm that builds a 3D model of an individual’s knee joint to map where arthritis is affecting the knee. It then automatically creates ‘change maps,’ which not only… Continue reading

April 2021

USC to Study Combining 2 Walking Rehab Approaches for Stroke Survivors

Physical therapists could soon have something new in their toolbox to improve outcomes for survivors of stroke whose gait has been affected, thanks to a $100,000 Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant awarded to a University of Southern California (USC) Division of… Continue reading

April 2021

AFOSR Advances Science of Wound Healing Technology

Ground-breaking research into cellular reprogramming, made possible in part with funding from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), is leading to technology that could heal wounds more than 5 times faster than the human body can… Continue reading

April 2021

NPs, PAs Can Certify the Medical Need for Diabetic Shoes in Limited Circumstances

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently provided guidance to the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) that allows nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to certify the medical need for diabetic shoes… Continue reading

April 2021

DJO Acquires Trilliant Surgical

DJO, LLC, Lewisville, TX, announced the acquisition of Trilliant Surgical, Houston, TX, a national provider of foot and ankle orthopedic implants. The acquisition supports DJO’s focused expansion into the adjacent high-growth $1 billion US foot and ankle market. Continue reading

April 2021

ATI Launches Specialized Limb Loss Treatment Program

ATI Physical Therapy (ATI), Bolingbrook, IL, has launched new limb loss specialty centers that expand the use of outpatient physical therapy (PT) and creates a stronger care continuum for patients who are scheduled to undergo limb loss surgery or have experienced limb loss. Continue reading

March 2021

German Non-Profit Launches Open-Access Database for Orthopedic-Related Research

The non-profit German Society for Interprofessional Aid Supply e. V. (DGIHV) has launched a new, open-access, bilingual database for scientific research projects and studies in the field of orthopedics and orthopedic aids. The aim is to bring together international and interdisciplinary research. Continue reading

March 2021

Stanford Undergrads Design Motivator for At-Home PT

As undergraduates in Stanford University’s Biodesign for Digital Health course, Ryan Kalili and James Savoldelli set out to help injured athletes do their prescribed physical therapy (PT) regimen that must be done regularly at home to maximize healing. Continue reading

March 2021

Book Chronicles Boy’s Life with Clubfeet Through Ponseti Treatment

Lucky’s Feet is a new children’s book that chronicles an 8-year-old boy’s transition from having to crawl around his grandmother’s home on his hands and knees due to having been born with clubfeet, to walking to school with his brothers and sisters who give him the nickname “Lucky.” Continue reading

March 2021

AOPA Partners with the Journal of Rehabilitative and Assistive Technologies Engineering

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) announced it is partnering with the Journal of Rehabilitative and Assistive Technologies Engineering (RATE). Published by SAGE Publishing, RATE is a peer-reviewed, open access, interdisciplinary journal focusing on the engineering aspects and practical applications of rehabilitation and assistive technologies. Continue reading

March 2021

Thuasne Acquires Knit-Rite

Thusane, a Levallois-Perret, France–based medical device company has acquired Knit-Rite, Kansas City, KS, and its division Therafirm. This is Thuasne’s fourth and largest acquisition in the United States in 10 years. Continue reading

March 2021

Becker Orthopedic Appoints New VP of Business Development

Becker Orthopedic, Troy, MI, has appointed Mathew Waidelich as its vice president of business development. He comes to Becker with 45 years of experience in the orthotic and prosthetic and orthopedic industries with prior senior roles at Ottobock Healthcare, Bio Cybernetics… Continue reading

March 2021

Logan University to Launch Master’s in Athletic Training Program

Logan University, Chesterfield, MO, a private, special-focus university providing college education in chiropractic and the health sciences, will launch a Master’s in Athletic Training to its lineup of degree programs, beginning fall 2021. Applications are currently open for the fall … Continue reading

February 2021

Biomedical Engineers Develop Smart Sensor Bandages

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) are working to create an affordable, user-friendly oxygen-sensing patch printed on a flexible, disposable bandage that can interact with a smartphone. This smart bandage could enable remote monitoring for the early detection of problematic conditions, such as pressure ulcers and… Continue reading

February 2021

AOPA 2021 National Assembly Set for September 9–12

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) announced that its 2021 National Assembly is scheduled to take place September 9–12, in Boston, MA. The AOPA National Assembly Planning Committee is seeking high-quality educational and research content for the Assembly, which is… Continue reading

February 2021

CreakyJoints Launches Gout Podcast Series, Educational Campaign

CreakyJoints, a digital arthritis community for patients and caregivers worldwide and part of the Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF), has launched The Gout Show, a new podcast series and digital destination to raise awareness of gout, a form of arthritis that causes severe, sudden attacks of inflammation, often in the toe joints or other large joints. Continue reading

February 2021

Proteor Acquires Freedom Innovations from Ottobock

Proteor, a Dijon, France–based company specializing in prosthetic and orthotic solutions, has completed its acquisition of Freedom Innovations, Irvine, CA, and a part of the product portfolio from Ottobock, Duderstadt, Germany. Included in the product portfolio that Proteor will receive are the microprocessor-controlled knee (MPK) Plie3; the Kinnex and… Continue reading

February 2021

Consensus Document Outlines Treatment for Knee OA Patients by Age, Activity Level

A global panel of over 40 orthopedic-related experts has published the first-ever Consensus Document that outlines guidelines for active, older less active, and younger knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients. The recommendations define approaches for diagnosis, conservative treatment—comprised of core treatment, biomechanical, pharmaceutical, orthobiologic, and… Continue reading

January 2021

Machine Learning Detects Early Signs of OA

A research team led by Shinjini Kundu, MD, PhD, of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) and Gustavo Rohde, PhD, of the University of Virginia, investigated whether artificial intelligence could be used to analyze MRI images for… Continue reading

January 2021

Wearable, Portable Invention for Treating Antibiotic-Resistant Wounds

Ozone therapy is a gas phase antimicrobial treatment option that is being used by a growing number of patients in the United States for treating antibiotic-resistant wounds and infections. In most cases, the ozone treatments require patients to travel to a clinical setting for treatment by trained technicians. Continue reading

January 2021

A Quieter, More Energy-Efficient Prosthetic Leg

A new robotic prosthetic leg prototype offers a more natural gait while also being quieter and more energy efficient than other designs. The key is the use of new small and powerful motors, originally designed for a robotic arm on the International Space Station. Continue reading

January 2021

Next Science, 3M Donate Wound Treatment Product to Jacksonville-Area Charity

Medical technology company Next Science, Jacksonville, FL, has donated $300,000 worth of BlastX™ Antimicrobial Wound Gel to The Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation in Ponte Vedra, FL, an organization that assists people with diabetes. Continue reading

January 2021

FDA Approves Implant System for Transfemoral Amputees

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Osseoanchored Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees (OPRA) Implant System, the first implant system marketed in the U.S. for adults who have transfemoral amputation and who have or are anticipated to have rehabilitation problems with… Continue reading

November 2020

A New Product for the Treatment of Post-Traumatic OA

A team of investigators at Boston Children’s Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital received a Military Medical Research and Development Award from the Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program (JWMRP) in 2016 to advance the development of a novel treatment for… Continue reading

November 2020

American Limb Preservation Society is Established

The American Limb Preservation Society (ALPS) has been established to advance the science and clinical care surrounding limb preservation as well as support year-round efforts to advocate for best practices that champion prevention and lead to better health… Continue reading