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June 2020

APP HELPS REDUCE OA PAIN

By performing a few simple physical exercises daily and receiving information about their disease regularly, 500 patients with osteoarthritis (OA) were able to, on average, halve their pain in 6 months—and improve their physical function. Continue reading

June 2020

VR SHOWS PROMISE FOR EARLY DETECTION OF MS BALANCE ISSUES

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) often have a greatly increased risk of falling and injuring themselves even when they feel they’re able to walk normally. Now a team led by scientists from The University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill School of Medicine has… Continue reading

June 2020

WILLOWWOOD WELCOMES NEW CFO

Prosthetic solution provider WillowWood, Mount Sterling, OH, announced that Craig Higgins is the company’s new chief financial officer. His focus will be on financial planning, operating budgets, and decision support analysis to guide the leadership team with investments and… Continue reading

June 2020

SUBIOMED APPOINTS NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

SubioMed, Bloomington, MN, the inventor/developer of Suspension Biomechanics technology addressing elements of gait and balance, announced that the company’s chief executive officer and co-founder, Patrick Kullman, has also been appointed chairman of its board. Continue reading

June 2020

ÖSSUR ACQUIRES SCANNING, DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

Össur, Foothill Ranch, CA, has purchased the rights to proprietary design and visualization software used in the shape capture, design, and manufacture of orthoses and prostheses (O&P) from Standard Cyborg, San Francisco, CA, a privately held startup company that develops computer vision tools. Continue reading

May 2020

FDA CLEARS EXTERNAL ELECTROSTIMULATION DEVICE FOR PERIPHERAL BLOOD CLOTS

Sky Medical Technology, Daresbury, England, has received US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its geko electrosimulation device, which is designed to stimulate the calf muscles to increase blood flow in the deep veins of the calf, thereby preventing blood clots in at-risk non-surgical patients. Continue reading

May 2020

HERSCO PARTNERS WITH IORTHOTICSUSA IN NEW 3D PRINTING HUB

iOrthoticsUSA, Astoria, NY, announced its launch as a 3D-printing central fabrication hub to supply custom orthotics to orthotic labs. This is a new venture between iOrthotics Australia, a 5-year veteran in 3D printing, and Hersco Ortho Labs, Long Island City, NY, an experienced US manufacturer. Continue reading

May 2020

ALLARD USA PARTNERS WITH FSHD SOCIETY TO EDUCATE ON FOOT DROP MANAGEMENT

Allard USA, Rockaway, NJ, is partnering with the FSHD (Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy) Society. Together they will work to educate the population served by the FSHD Society on how to best manage foot drop, including discussing the use of orthoses. FSHD is a genetic disorder that leads to weakening of the skeletal muscles Continue reading

May 2020

VIRTUAL GAMES HELP PEOPLE STAND, WALK IN REHAB

Virtual reality video games, activity monitors, and handheld computer devices can help people stand as well as walk, the largest trial worldwide into the effects of digital devices in rehabilitation has found. The study was undertaken at hospitals in Sydney and Adelaide, Australia, and had 300 participants ranging from… Continue reading

May 2020

UCONN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEER CREATES SMART BANDAGES TO HEAL CHRONIC WOUNDS

Diabetes-related chronic and non-healing wounds are a leading cause of limb amputation in the United States. Due to the complex nature of these wounds, proper clinical treatment has been limited. Now, for what they say is the first time, faculty in the University of Connecticut (UConn) Biomedical Engineering Department… Continue reading

April 2020

UD Team Receives Funding to Further Develop Smart AFO for Children with CP

The Venture Development Center and Physical Therapy Department at the University of Delaware (UD) have received $50,000 in seed money from the Pennsylvania Pediatric Medical Device Consortium to further develop a motorized ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) called the DE-AFO. The DE-AFO, designed by Ahad Behboodi, PhD, and his team, uses… Continue reading

April 2020

Duke Researchers Engineer Bone Bandage to Accelerate Healing

Researchers at Duke University (Duke) have engineered a bandage that captures and holds a pro-healing molecule at the site of a bone break to accelerate and improve healing. In a proof-of-principle study with mice, the bandage helped to accelerate callus formation and vascularization to achieve better bone repair by 3 weeks. Continue reading

April 2020

Conformis Appoints New CFO and SVP, Operations

Conformis, Billerica, MA, a medical technology company that uses its proprietary iFit Image-to-Implant technology platform to develop, manufacture, and sell patient-specific knee and hip joint replacement implants, announced the appointment of Bob Howe as chief financial officer, and Gary Maingot as Senior Vice President, Operations. Continue reading

April 2020

Foot Solutions Acquired by Private Investor Group

Foot Solutions, Atlanta, GA, announced the acquisition of the business by a group of private investors. John Prothro, an experienced executive and one of the anchor investors, has been appointed CEO and will be leading the company day-to-day. The previous owner and CEO, Ray Margiano, PhD, will be a special advisor to the company leadership. Continue reading

April 2020

Remington Products Acquires Foot Petals

Remington Products, Wadsworth, OH, manufacturer of aftermarket insoles and orthopedic soft goods, has acquired the Foot Petals brand of foot cushions and inserts from RG Barry Corporation, Pickerington, OH. The acquisition will allow the companies to merge their complementary strengths and collective resources. Continue reading

March 2020

CGS Introduces Modifier Recommendation Tool

CGS, the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor (DME MAC) for Jurisdictions B and C, has introduced a modifier recommendation tool. The Advanced Modifier Engine was designed by CGS to assist suppliers in billing proper Healthcare Common Procedure Coding Systems (HCPCS) codes and modifier combinations. Continue reading

March 2020

Jurisdiction D DME MAC Conducting Targeted Probe and Educate Reviews

Noridian, the Jurisdiction D Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor (DME MAC) is conducting Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) reviews for several specialties, among which are ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs), knee orthoses, and therapeutic shoes. The quarterly edit effectiveness results from October 2019 through… Continue reading

March 2020

Soft Exosuit Designed to Help Seniors Walk

A new line of wearable robotics developed by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and The City University of New York, City College (CCNY) could keep seniors on their feet longer. A prototype developed by Hao Su, PhD, an assistant professor at CCNY, and tested by Gerard Francisco, MD, and Shuo-Hsiu (James) Chang, PT, PhD, of… Continue reading

March 2020

O&P Techs Collaborate on Children’s Book About a Boy and His New AFO

Three graduates of the Prosthetic-Orthotic Technician Program at George Brown College, Ontario, Canada, have collaborated on a new children’s book, which was recently published and is available for sale on Amazon. Beau and His New AFO: A Children’s Guide to Ankle Foot Orthoses was written by Stephanie Blunt and illustrated by Amelia Levick and Katrina Whitmell. Continue reading

March 2020

MediKaki Opens in Penang, Malaysia

MediKaki, a new shoe store “that is offering more than shoes,” recently opened in Penang, Malaysia. A team lead by Mogan Naidu, MD, will be screening and assessing patients and will also provide a range of affordable house shoes, depth shoes with custom orthotics, and full custom footwear. Naidu is a wound care provider, head of… Continue reading

March 2020

CSF2 Merges with Solati Health

Custom Silicone Fabrication of San Francisco (CSF2), a company that develops custom silicone products for amputees and prosthetic solutions, has merged with Solati Health, Reno, NV. The addition of CSF2 will be the foundation of Solati’s interface liners and fabrication capabilities. The merger will enable Solati to expand its line of prosthetic products and technologies. Continue reading

March 2020

Sensor Medica Opens First US Biomechanical Clinic in Idaho

Sensor Medica USA has opened its first biomechanical clinic at its North American headquarters, located at 919 South Utah Ave, Idaho Falls, ID. The clinic uses the company’s own technology to offer complete gait and motion analysis, posturographic analysis for balance control, fall risk assessment, range of motion evaluation of all the articulations, a running lab using baropodometric and… Continue reading

February 2020

Battery-Powered Headgear Could Short-Circuit OA Joint Pain

Hyochol “Brian” Ahn, PhD, ANP-BC, an associate professor with Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), believes knee pain can be stopped by administering tiny electrical charges to the brain’s primary motor cortex. The brain is an electrochemical organ that processes pain, according to Ahn, and his team is trying to desensitize the areas tied to knee pain. Continue reading

February 2020

Virginia Tech Researchers Developing Smart Prosthetic Socket to Improve Comfort, Performance

A Virginia Tech research team, led by Associate Professor Michael Philen, PhD, of the Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, and Professor Michael Madigan, PhD, of the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has received a $400,000 National Science Foundation grant to study residual limb volume loss and develop smart prosthetic sockets to improve comfort and performance in prostheses. Continue reading

February 2020

CMS Adds New L-Code for 2020; Updates Therapeutic Shoe Modification Codes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced the following updates, which are effective for dates of service on or after January 1, 2020: New L-Code: A new lower extremity–related Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code has been added. Continue reading