article

SmartTemp Liner

July 22, 2014

WillowWood’s Alpha SmartTemp Liner brings temperature control to prosthetic liners with Outlast, a heat management technology that was developed for NASA. The product is designed to absorb heat generated by an amputee’s residual limb, which reduces sweating and the amount of moisture within the prosthetic liner. The liner uses one-way stretch Select fabric to control pistoning but still allow circumferential stretch for easy donning.

Read the full article →

Neolon with Silpure

July 22, 2014

JMS Plastics Supply introduces its Neolon top cover, which incorporates Silpure into neoprene. Neolon with Silpure provides antimicrobial protection against bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungus using advanced silver technology. Silpure also offers lasting freshness, eliminating odors by controlling bacteria that cause the problem

Read the full article →

Michigan passes direct PT access law

July 22, 2014

Michigan Gov Rick Snyder signed legislation on July 1 that will allow state residents to go directly to a physical therapist (PT) for evaluation and treatment without physician referral. With the enactment of SB 690, Michigan joins 49 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting some level of direct access to physical therapy. SB 690, which was promoted by the Michigan Chapter of APTA (MPTA) as well as through a direct access grant from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), allows PT visits without physician referral or prescription for up to 21 days or 10 treatment sessions

Read the full article →

Mountain running champ joins Spenco

July 22, 2014

Waco, TX-based Spenco in June signed elite mountain runner Joseph Gray as its newest brand ambassador.

Read the full article →

Ottobock offers amputee fitness app

July 22, 2014

Minneapolis, MN-based Ottobock released a fitness app in June designed by physical and occupational therapists to support lower limb prosthesis users with a self-managed workout regimen.

Read the full article →

Stable Step purchases Archmolds

July 22, 2014

West Chester, OH-based Stable Step in May inked a deal to buy Archmolds, and will add the San Diego-based company’s heat moldable insoles to its Powerstep orthotic and support products. Archmolds’ insoles feature polyurethane cushioning over a full-length, heat-moldable sublayer that includes a deep heel cup and arch support for motion control and a custom-like fit.

Read the full article →

Screening gets specific: Functional testing studies sharpen focus

July 22, 2014

By Jordana Bieze Foster As evidence accumulates in support of functional movement testing for predicting injury risk, researchers are taking a closer look at how functional screening can be applied to specific athlete populations. Studies presented in June at the annual meeting of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) held in Indianapolis focused on the use of functional testing in high school versus college football players, male versus female collegiate athletes, and infantry Marines awaiting deployment. “We really need population-specific studies, and we need to look at whether test score does predict injury in different patient populations,” said Sarah de la Motte, PhD, MPH, ATC, a research assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.

Read the full article →

Managing foot and ankle injuries in baseball players

July 22, 2014

Baseball players at all skill levels routinely suffer from foot and ankle injuries, with position players being afflicted more often than pitchers or catchers. Making the correct initial diagnosis without delay can lead to more rapid and effective treatment, rehabilitation, and return to play.

Read the full article →

Fine-tune your practice with smart marketing

July 22, 2014

Your office schedule is jam-packed, with new patients waiting weeks or months for an appointment. If you don’t necessarily need to generate more business, should you invest in marketing your practice? Yes, Keith Borglum, a practice management consultant, appraiser and broker, writes in Medical Economics.

Read the full article →