Optimus Prosthetics
News and Notes for MEDICAL PROFESSIONALSApril 2011
In This Issue
Limb Loss Awareness
Optimus Academy Update
Our Calendar  

Completing the first course 'Prosthetic Overview' this month:

April 7

Spring Creek 



April 19
Heartland of Easton



April 27

Arbors of Dayton



Completing the

second course

'Transtibial Prosthetics'

this month:   


April 21

Mary Scott



  Completing the third course 'Transfemoral Prosthetics' this month:  

April 13
Bethany Village



April 18

Cypress Point



April 27

Alternate Solutions Home Care



Completing the fifth course 'Prosthetic Gait Training and Deviations' this month:


April 4
Covington Care Center

April 5

April 20
Miami Valley Hospital

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Amputee Coalition's National Limb Loss Awareness Message Streams in Times Square 

From the Amputee Coalition 

"507 a Day" Highlights April as National Limb Loss Awareness Month

Each day, 507 people in the United States lose a limb, and 60 percent of those are preventable. This is the message we are promoting through April which we have declared as National Limb Loss Awareness Month. And to add to our awareness efforts, beginning today, more than 500,000 people per day passing through New York City's Times Square will see the Amputee Coalition's limb loss awareness message on Clear Channel's streaming billboard-which also depicts Amputees living full and thriving lives. People will be encouraged to visit the Amputee Coalition Web site to take an online limb loss risk assessment at 507aday.org and learn more about limb loss. We are extraordinarily pleased to have Otto Bock North America's support for our public education initiative.
Our declaration of April as National Limb Loss Awareness Month includes local activities by various amputee support groups across the country, gubernatorial proclamations (we expect 30+ states to participate) and media outreach. I look forward to sharing our results with you at the end of the month.
Please join us as in recognizing April 2011 as our inaugural National Limb Loss Awareness Month.


See the Times Square message here.

Optimus Attends the Ohio Chapter of the AAOP 2011 Annual Spring Scientific Meeting 


The Ohio O&P Association (O.O.P.A.) is a "sister" organization of the Ohio Chapter--AAOP.   The two hold their spring and fall meetings on consecutive days each year. The Ohio O&P Association holds their meeting on Friday, while the Ohio Chapter holds theirs on Saturday.


"We had a great program lined up for this year's Spring Meeting and I was excited to see everyone in the field of prosthetics and orthotics in the state including those from neighboring states," states Tim Riedlinger, CPO at Optimus Prosthetics, and President of O.O.P.A.


The 2011 program consisted of certification workshops on Friday, April 15, and on Saturday, morning general sessions by renowned speakers in Orthotics and Prosthetics will be followed by four simultaneous breakout sessions in orthotics, prosthetics, pedorthics and technical topics.  In addition, attendees had ample time to review the latest cutting-edge products and services for the industry from over 60 exhibitors.


For more information about the Ohio Chapter, click here.

USF Researchers Study Amputee Golfers to Improve Prosthetics 


By Irene Maher, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Thursday, February 17, 2011


TAMPA - The hills and slopes of a Florida golf course may not look daunting to most, but to someone playing with a prosthetic leg, approaching the greens can seem a mighty trek.

"That's one of the biggest challenges they face," says Mike Rieth, a licensed prosthetist at St. Petersburg Limb and Brace. "It can be quite difficult walking up and down the little hills."

Still, he said, golf is the top sport among his clients, since it doesn't involve the pounding movements of other sports.

Now researchers at the University of South Florida want to help amputees get more out of the game. Scientists at the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences invited a group of amputee golfers to Tampa Palms Country Club on Wednesday to find out if there was enough interest to pursue additional research in the field.


The answer was a clear yes.


Golfers received coaching from pros and tips from prosthetics researchers to improve their game and make better use of their prostheses.  Researchers from USF's School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation watched golf swings and listened in on conversations to learn of new challenges to study. 

Optimus Prosthetics patient and avid golfer, John Showalter


Read the rest of the story here. 
Optimus Academy 'Prosthetics for Therapists' Update
by Scott Schall  


The Optimus Academy is pleased to welcome The Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Springcreek and The Arbors of Dayton to the list of therapy groups participating in the 'Prosthetics for Therapists' series!


We are well into the 5th course, 'Prosthetic Gait Training and Deviations'.  Schedule your course today!


Quarterly Course Listing

  1. Prosthetic Overview
  2. Transtibial Prosthetics
  3. Transfemoral Prosthetics
  4. Amputee Mobility Predictor
  5. Prosthetic Gait Training and Deviations
  6. Partial Foot / Symes / Knee Disarticulation / Hip Disarticulation
  7. Upper Extremity Prosthetics
  8. Computer Alignment System (COMPAS)
  9. Microprocessor-Controlled Knees

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