JPO 2016 Vol. 28, Num. 1

Editor's Comments
Jack Uellendahl, CPO
Clinical Gait Measures for Ambulatory Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Review
Torey J. Gilbertson, PT, PhD
Kristie F. Bjornson, PT, PhD
Cody McDonald, CPO
Brian J. Hafner, PhD
Valid, reliable measures of walking ability are needed to document the effectiveness of orthotic and therapeutic interventions for ambulatory children with cerebral palsy (CP). Selection of suitable evaluation measures can be informed by evidence of ...
Orthotic Treatment of Cranial Asymmetries: Comparison between Early and Late Interventions
Carolina Gomes Matarazzo, MSPT
Fernando Campos Gomes Pinto, MD, PhD
Maria Stella Peccin, PT, PhD
Gerd Schreen, MD
Cranial orthosis therapy has proved beneficial in treating cranial deformities in infants, because by restricting skull growth in one direction and directing growth in the desired direction, the desired symmetry is achieved. The aim of this study was...
Evaluating the Immobilization Effect of Spinal Orthoses Using Sensor-Based Motion Analysis
Inez Curfs, MD
Willemijn van Rooij, MD
Rachel Senden, PhD
Bernd Grimm, PhD
Wouter Van Hemert, PhD, MD
Despite the widespread use of spinal orthoses, evidence of their efficacy is lacking, and there is no literature comparing different types of orthoses with regard to objective measurements of the immobilization effect on the thoracolumbar spine. This...
Bench Test Validation of a Dynamic Posterior Leaf Spring Ankle-Foot Orthosis
Gary G. Bedard, BSc, CO, FAAOP
Jennifer Motylinski, MPO
Benjamin Call, MPO
Fan Gao, PhD
Leslie Gray, MEd, CPO
The posterior leaf spring ankle-foot orthosis (PLS AFO) is a unique lower-limb orthosis used to assist dorsiflexion during swing phase, ensure toe clearance, and limit falls. The design of the orthosis has changed over time with use of different mate...
Identification of Axillary Crutch Length Estimate that Best Predicts the Ideal Axillary Crutch Length in Apparently Healthy Individuals
Daniel O. Odebiyi, PhD
Caleb A. Adeagbo, MSc
Gboyega A. Awe, MSc
Incorrect axillary crutch length (ACL) predisposes axillary crutch users to musculoskeletal and neurovascular disorders. Identifying a technique that best predicts the ideal ACL benefits clinical practice by helping patients use the axillary crutch s...
Effect on Stance Phase Timing Asymmetry in Individuals with Amputation Using Hydraulic Ankle Units
Raymond Moore, BSc
Ever since their release, prosthetic feet with integrated hydraulic ankle units have proved a popular prescription choice among individuals with amputation, as quantified in previous studies. One theory is that these types of prosthetic feet lead to ...