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Early-Intervention Power

Pediatrics Series

Early-Intervention Power: Who Can Participate?

Do Kids Need to Be Ready for Independent Mobility? Or Does Independent Mobility Make Them Ready?

Are there prerequisite skills for very young children who could be candidates for power mobility? Should there be?

Separate Benefit Category Bills

Funding

2014 CRT Funding

While the Current Landscape Resembles Rocks & Hard Places, Separate Benefit Category Bills Bring Hope

As the year draws to a close, the CRT community anticipates a new face-to-face requirement for DME, waits for word on capped rentals, and pins its ultimate hopes on a separate benefit category for Medicare.

Selling Consumer Power

Retail Mobility

Should You Sell Consumer Power?

Funding Cuts, Audits & Competitive Bidding: Is This Still a Profitable Product Segment?

With all of Medicare's funding challenges, is consumer mobility -- particularly scooters and consumer power chairs -- still a viable profit center?

Lower-Extremity Positioning

ATP Series

Getting Under Foot

How Lower-Extremity Positioning Can Impact More Than Just Legs & Feet

Identifying lower-extremity positioning challenges and solutions can give wheelchair users the best mobility experiences possible.

Power Chair Components

Tomorrow's Power Chairs

emPOWERed

Power Chair Components of Today and the Future Focus on One Thing: Making Every Day Better

As funding sources and consumers demand more from their complex rehab power chairs, the industry answers with new features, new adaptability and new possibilities.

Crumbling Walls: Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Pediatrics Series

Crumbling Walls

Understanding the Challenges of Mobilizing Clients with Osteogenesis Imperfecta

For clients with OI — aka, Brittle Bone disease — everyday actions as simple as transferring from one surface to another can be dangerous. And the challenges can carry over to the clinicians and providers working to assess and meet their mobility needs.

Best Picks 2013

Best Picks 2013

Clinicians & ATPs Name Their CRT Favorites

ATPs and clinicians reveal the innovative, creative, hard-working seating & mobility products they choose to help solve their toughest cases.

Ultralight Update: The Demise of K0009

Wheelchairs & Funding

Ultralight Update: The Demise of K0009

With the Manual Chair Miscellaneous Code Eliminated This Month, Industry Experts Worry About Access

From the elimination of the K0009 HCPCS code to ongoing funding challenges, the ultralightweight wheelchair niche is in evolution. What does that mean for consumers and the next generation of manual wheelchair technology?

Head Positioning

ATP Series

Using Your Head

Determining the Cause of Poor Head Positioning Is Difficult...& Critical to Overall Seating Success

Poor head positioning can cause problems with a wheelchair user's visual field, speech, eating and other critical functions. But the reasons for poor head positioning can be complex -- as are the potential solutions.

Heat and skin breakdown

ATP Series

Feeling the Heat

The same seating system that can help to maximize a user's functional mobility can also trap heat to create an environment that can put skin at risk and can reduce the time a consumer can spend in the chair. Who's at risk? What are the solutions?



To Intervene or Accommodate

ATP Series

To Intervene or Accommodate

When a Seating Client Appears “Fixed,” How Should the Rehab Team Respond?

Fixed postures or deformities present unique challenges to ATPs and clinicians. When should seating systems intervene? When should they accommodate and "meet clients where they are"?

Positioning Help

ATP Series

The Positioning Help You Need

"Secondary" Components Play Primary Roles in Maximizing Client Function

Great functional positioning can be all in the details! Take a closer look at those "secondary" components — harnesses, belts, buckles and more — that play primary roles in refining and fine-tuning seating & mobility systems.

Transfers

Transfers

The Impact of the Transfer

How the "Other" Surfaces Your Clients Encounter Can Present Skin-Integrity Dangers

Vibrations

Seating & Positioning

Got Bad Vibes?

Everyday Jolts Can Wreak Havoc on Wheelchair Users' Quality of Life. How They Add Up & What Can Be Done

Driving Accessibility

Automotive Accessibility Special

The Road More Driven

Building on a Big 2012, the Adaptive Automotive Industry Seeks to Carry Its Message of Independence Even Further

Catching up with the adaptive automotive industry on the eve of the 2013 NMEDA conference: Issues, accessibility and the commercial market, plus: sneak peek at a "toughest cases" case study!

Anatomy of a Seat Cushion

Seating & Positioning

Anatomy of a Seat Cushion

There Are High Expectations for the Immediate Interface Between Client & Seating System, But Are Those Expectations Always Fair?

From skin protection to positioning, stability, moisture and temperature control — not to mention comfort — seat cushions are assigned many tasks. Here's how different designs and multiple media work together to accomplish those goals.

spinal cord injury

Spinal Cord Injury

SCI C5/C6: Power or Manual?

Figuring Out the Best Answers for Clients, Their Lifestyles, and Their Successful Futures

When clients have spinal cord injuries in the C5/C6 range, is power or manual mobility a better fit for their functional abilities and lifestyles?

Amputations Prosthetics

Positioning & Prosthetics

Balancing Loss & Gain

A Deeper Understanding of Amputations, Prosthetics and the Clinical Considerations of Wheelchair Fittings

Working with amputees requires knowledge not just of current mobility needs, but also how the loss of a limb will impact the client's positioning and mobility in the future.

Keeping Your Options Open

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Robs Clients of Their Strength, but Creative Thinking Can Make a Difference

The progression of spinal muscular atrophy patients can challenge an ATP's goal of optimizing function and independence.

Arm Positioning

ATP Series

A Call to Arms

Your Client Is Leaning to One Side with His Arm Hooked Around His Wheelchair’s Armrest. Where Do You Start?

Proper upper-extremity positioning is crucial to a client’s functional success. And it all starts with a comprehensive assessment.

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