Poster Presentations

The 2014 National Assembly features posters from practicing clinicians/researchers, students/ residents and a special exhibit by the American Society of Biomechanics. A Poster Compendium will be available online for the clinician/researcher and student posters. All posters will remain on display in the exhibit hall for viewing during the Assembly, with special presentations by the authors on Friday and Saturday.

O&P and Orthotic Poster presentations are scheduled from 1 to 2:00 PM on Friday September 5th.

Prosthetic Poster presentations are scheduled from 1 to 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 6th.

Poster presentations will take place in the Exhibit Hall by authors or speakers who conducted the research for the presentations.


O&P and Orthotic Poster Session
Friday, September 5, 2014 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Atefe Aboutorabi, PhD student and Maryam Maleki, PhD student
The Effect of Dynamic Bracing for Conservative Treatment of Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Literature Review
Soft and dynamic bracing in conservative treatment of idiopathic scoliosis is discussed as an alternative treatment to using rigid braces.

Reza Emadifard, MSc
Effectiveness of Pneumatic Wrist-Finger Orthoses versus Static Splinting on Wrist Spasticity in Stroke Patients: An Assessor Blinded, Randomized Controlled Trial
Evaluation of new orthotic design for reducing spasticity in some stroke patients by using pneumatic and anti-spastic Upper Limb Orthosis.

Ian Engelman, MS, CPO
Distinguishing Categories of Medial Column Ligamentous Failure
Orthotic management of a foot and ankle with medial instability is improved with a deeper understanding of the unique pathomechanics of the patient at hand. Features of the clinical medial column presentation can point to distinct ligament failures. Categorization of each type of ligamentous failure of the medial column is described and discussed.

Pamela Hale, CPO
Maximizing Functional Outcomes Utilizing Objective Gait Analysis
Gait parameters of a 39 year old female with Charcot-Marie-Tooth were evaluated utilizing three different bilateral conditions. She was fit with custom fit dynamic carbon composite AFO designs including: 1) without adjustment; 2) with increased rigidity without adjustment; 3) same rigidity as condition 2 with an adjustment to customize the orthosis for the heel height of the shoe. Temporal-spatial and pelvic motion was collected utilizing a BTS G-Walk Portable Gait Analysis System placed at the L5 vertebral level.

Daniel Hallisy, BS
Creation of an O&P Patient Visit Form to Increase Patient-Provider Communication
Patient-provider communication is a challenge in all healthcare delivery settings. The O&P Patient Visit form is a tool to help encourage patients to take a more active role in their care. This form organizes their thoughts, questions, and concerns, while also aiding providers in obtaining pertinent information in less time.

Russ Lundstrom , MS, and Andreas Kannenberg, MD, PhD
Rationale and Design of the C-Brace® Registry:  A Multinational Registry of Patients Fitted with a C Brace Orthotronic Mobility System
The C-Brace Orthotronic Mobility System is a microprocessor-controlled stance and swing controlled orthosis developed to overcome limitations of current stance control orthoses to enable knee flexion in a weight-bearing condition. A multinational, prospective registry has been designed to characterize the safety and effectiveness of the C-Brace in which objective and patient-reported outcome measures will be gathered at baseline and routine follow-ups in accordance with best practice standard of care.

Maryam Maleki, PhD student and Navid Monzavizadeh, MSc student
The Effectiveness of Armeo Therapy on Functional Capacity after Neurological Disorders: A Literature Review
Armeo therapy is discussed as a useful tool for individuals who suffer from stroke, traumatic brain injury, or neurological disorder resulting in hand and arm impairment.

Navid Monzavizadeh, MSc student  and Maryam Maleki, PhD student
The Influence of Erigo Therapy after Neurological Disorders: A Literature Review
Safe mobilization and intensive sensorimotor stimulation are key factors for the therapeutic success and early rehabilitation of patients who have suffered neurological disorders.

Fatma Mohsin, BS
Literature Review of the Reliability of Different Designs of Goniometers
Factors affecting the reliability of the most commonly used goniometers (universal, electrical, and inclinometer) are discussed.

Michael Wilson, CPO
The Biology of Physical Restoration and Rehabilitation or the Biology of Biomechanics or the Neuropsychology of Neural Mechanisms
When we discuss biomechanics, what we are really discussing is “Kinesiomechanics” because we are systematically omitting any mention of biological mechanics. To advance physical rehabilitation science, we will have to clearly and explicitly differentiate between the two.

Justina Shipley, CO, MEd, BOCP, BOCO, FAAOP and Susan Campbell, PhD, CCRC
Using Patient Satisfaction and Quality Assurance Surveys to Develop Best Practices for the Use of Silver Impregnated Fabrics in Orthotics and Prosthetics
Patient satisfaction and quality assurance survey results are used to develop best practices regarding wound care interventions and skin integrity solutions through the effective use of silver impregnated fabrics.

Robert Streb, PhD, PT and Eric Lamberg, EdD, PT, CPed
Muscle Function Improves with Decompressive Knee Bracing for Osteoarthritis
This poster presents the results of a recently completed study on muscle function following use of a knee decompressive knee brace.

Brittany Styker, OTD, BOCO
Effect of Open Calcaneus Carbon Composite AFO on Gait of an Individual with Spinal Cord Injury
A 27 year old female who sustained a Spinal Cord Injury tested the effects on gait, wearing a solid plastic rigid AFO versus a rigid dynamic carbon composite (RDCC) AFO with an open calcaneus. The RDCC AFO provided the maximum function for this patient by increasing speed and cadence while decreasing pelvic motion. The RDCC AFO provided support for weakened musculature, specifically addressed excess plantar flexion during initial contact, stabilized the joint for effective push-off during late stance, and prevented toe-drag during swing.

Jerimiah Uronis, CPO, MBA
Effectiveness of the Dynamic Movement Orthosis Glo
The purpose of this case series was to describe the use of a custom-fitted Dynamic Movement Orthosis® (DMO) glove and to provide data on the effect of wearing the DMO over time. Two subjects were evaluated using the DMO glove: one child with cerebral palsy (CP) hemiplegia and the other child with obstetric brachial plexus palsy (OBPP). Assessments were conducted at baseline, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months of use. The Melbourne Assessment of Unilateral Upper Limb Function (Melbourne Assessment) was used to measure outcomes for unimanualcapacity.

Harry Zourelias, BOCO
Bracing Compensatory Curves after Tethering Surgery
X-rays demonstrate the results from bracing post-op tethering patients’ compensatory curves, with the use of night time TLSOs.


Prosthetic  Poster Session
Saturday, September 6, 2014 1:00-2:00 PM

Vibhor Agrawal, PhD
Standing and Sitting Maneuvers with Powered Prosthetic Knees: Is Active Power Generation Beneficial for the User?
This presentation will describe the biomechanics of sit-to-stand and stand-to-sit movement in lower limb amputees. A comparison between the power knee and a microprocessor controlled knee during standing and sitting maneuvers will also be discussed.

Alan De Asha, PhD
Effects on Toe Clearance of Using an Echelon Hydraulic Ankle-Foot Device in Unilateral Trans-Tibial Amputees
This study investigated how toe clearance was affected when trans-tibial amputees switched from using their habitual prosthetic foot, with rigid or elastic ‘ankle’, to using an Echelon with a hydraulically articulating ‘ankle’. Findings indicate that use of a hydraulic device led to increased minimum toe clearance on both limbs, potentially reducing triprisk.

Sarah Day, MSc, BSc (Hons), and Gavin Buckingham, BSc, PhD
Prosthetic Use amongst Pediatric Upper Limb Amputees
A 21 question survey was distributed through the UK charity Reach. Children aged 8-16 with upper limb absence or amputations were invited to answer questions about their views on disability, prosthetic usage and activities of daily living.

Sarah Day, MSc, BSc, (Hons) and Gavin Buckingham, PhD, BSc
Perceptions of Heaviness When Using an Upper Limb Prosthesis
The size weight illusion occurs when a person underestimates the weight of a larger object in relation to a smaller object of the same mass. This study investigated whether the size weight illusion exists in amputees, and whether it is of the same magnitude as in the normal population.

Nader Fallahian, PhD student and Zahra Akmali, MSc student
Fabrication Technique for Making a Single-Piece Hollow Silicon Lung Model with Internal Structures
This presentation introduces an innovative procedure for fabricating a single piece hollow object (Silicon Lung Model) within internal structures (Tumors) in a single session of pouring silicon.

Diane Jagelavicius, CP, CSCS and Kevin Towers, CPO, LPONJ
Amputees’ Experience with Physical Therapy
This study uses a six month survey of adult lower extremity amputees to understand their experiences in a physical therapy setting. The survey identifies perceived benefits, shortcomings, and inconsistencies of therapy programs. Data collected from this study will aid physical therapists and prosthetists to improve the quality of patient care through evidence-based practice.

Glenn Schober, CP
Improving Prosthetic Outcomes and Efficiencies with CAD/CAM
For a host of reasons CAD/CAM has not been fully accepted and integrated into daily practice. With the improvements in digital shape capture devices, such as hand held scanner technology, the implementation of CAD/CAM into the clinical setting provides for increased efficiencies and success. This presentation shows the clinical attributes of CAD/CAM on a variety of prosthetic patients.

Glenn Schober, CP
Zipper Cast: Removable Rigid Dressing and Immediate Post-Operative Prosthesis
The zipper cast is a mid-thigh custom made removable rigid dressing. The built in zipper allows for easy removal and reapplication of the cast, for attentive wound care. With the addition of a foot and pylon, the zipper cast can also serve as an immediate post operative prosthesis. This presentation discusses the application technique and comparisons with more traditional methods.

Rhonda Turner, PhD, JD, BOCPO, CFom
Chemotherapy – Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Breast Cancer Patients
A substantial portion of the 259,140 thousand persons diagnosed annually with breast cancer receive neurotoxic chemotherapy that may produce distressful symptoms and changes in functional ability. This presentation provides an overview of the assessment of CIPN, potential neuropathic effects of the most common neurotoxins, developmental risk factors, common symptoms, suggested management or resolution.

Rhonda Turner, PhD, JD, BOCPO, CFom
Mastectomy Upper Extremity Dysfunction: Maximizing Rehabilitation in the Post Mastectomy Patient
Currently there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Appropriate and timely rehabilitation is vital in the recovery from breast cancer surgeries. This presentation gives an overview of the incidence, prevalence, risk factors, onset and suggested rehabilitative treatments for post-operative effects.

James Vandersea, CPO
Clinical Evaluation of Implantable Myoelectric Sensors
This presentation gives an overview of IMES, implantation of electrodes, construction of prosthesis, operation of prosthesis and some initial functional assessment data from Subject 001.