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June 2021

OTTOBOCK APPOINTS NEW CEO/REGIONAL PRESIDENT

Ottobock, Duderstadt, Germany, has appointed Marc C. Lundeberg as the new CEO and regional president of the company’s North America operation, headquartered in Austin, TX. He succeeds Brad Ruhl, who will remain on as non-executive chairman until he transitions to retirement after a more than 30-year tenure with… Continue reading

June 2021

BIONESS ACQUIRED BY BIOVENTUS

Bioness, Valencia, CA, has been acquired by Bioventus, Durham, NC, a global company with a focus on clinically effective, cost-efficient, minimally invasive medical treatments that engage and enhance the body’s natural healing processes. The acquisition cost was for $45 million in up-front consideration, with up to… Continue reading

June 2021

NEUROFEEDBACK CREATES PERCEPTION OF A LIGHTER WEIGHT PROSTHESIS

Although prosthetic legs usually weigh less than half of a natural limb, their perceived weight remains a point of dissatisfaction among users. Previously, researchers led by Stanisa Raspopovic, PhD, a professor at the ETH Zurich Department of Health Sciences and Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, have shown that… Continue reading

June 2021

PREVENTING INJURIES AND IMPROVING RECOVERY WITH MICRO-DOPPLER RADARS

Penn State College of Engineering and College of Medicine researchers have developed a radar to measure subtleties in human movement. This work has implications for allowing healthcare workers to more accurately identify individuals who may be at risk for injury and to track progress precisely while individuals are recovering from an injury. Continue reading

June 2021

HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING USED TO REVEAL DIABETIC SKIN COMPLICATIONS

A multidisciplinary research team has introduced a diagnostic approach capable of evaluating the skin complications of diabetes. This portable optical device allows non-contact detection of possible skin complications of diabetes at an early stage, as well as the ability to perform broad population screening, explained research team… Continue reading

May 2021

SELECTFLEX PILOT AT COCA-COLA PLANTS SEES PROMISING RESULTS

US-based companies are paying attention to the ergonomics of everyday tasks. Some, such as UPS and FedEX, are bringing in Athletic Trainers to help train employees in proper task-related movements to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. Continue reading

May 2021

ENGINEERS CREATE THREAD SENSORS THAT SENSE HOW, WHEN YOU MOVE

Engineers at Tufts University have created and demonstrated flexible thread-based sensors that can measure movement of the neck, providing data on the direction, angle of rotation, and degree of displacement of the head. Continue reading

May 2021

POWERED PROSTHETIC ANKLES CAN RESTORE A WIDE RANGE OF FUNCTIONS FOR AMPUTEES

Researchers from North Carolina State University (NC State) and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill have demonstrated that, with training, neural control of a powered prosthetic ankle can restore a wide range of abilities, including standing on challenging surfaces and squatting. Continue reading

May 2021

FDA GRANTS US MARKETING AUTHORIZATION FOR DEVICE TO IMPROVE GAIT IN MS PATIENTS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted marketing authorization to Helius Medical for a new device indicated for use as a short-term treatment of gait deficit due to mild to moderate symptoms from multiple sclerosis (MS). Continue reading

May 2021

ADAPTTECH SECURES $2.7 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING

Biomedical startup Adapttech, Birmingham, England, announced that it has raised $2.7 million in a new venture capital funding round. The round was supported by existing and new investors. The new funding will primarily be used for new… Continue reading

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