Baylor Partnership Develops New Model to Aid Sri Lankan Amputees
Disaster relief efforts typically require arriving on-scene with emergency solutions as quickly as possible. This is not the priority with rendering O&P aid in Sri Lanka, a country whose 26-year civil war ended eight years ago.
Europe’s Pursuit of a Better Transhumeral Residual Limb
The typical transhumeral residual limb presents a challenge to prosthetic fitting and rehabilitation. The cylindrical shape and conical dimensions of the residual humerus, and the lack of distal insertions of the residual muscle bellies make prosthetic suspension problematic and allow the prosthesis to rotate around the long axis of the limb. The result can be an unstable connection between the limb and the socket.
Culturally Sensitive Care
Early in my career as a prosthetist, I worked with an elderly patient after she had a transtibial amputation. She returned repeatedly for follow-up visits with vague and inconsistent reports of discomfort and pain after the initial fi...
Norm Lawrence: Surviving the Unimaginable
In a life full of near-death experiences, using a prosthetic leg has been perhaps one of the easier challenges for Norm Lawrence to overcome.
"He's one of those guys who has nine lives or more," says Mark Benveniste, a retired prosthetist who treated Lawrence for several years and is now one of his close friends.
Surviving any one of the disasters that befell Lawrence would be astounding for most people, Benveniste says, but Lawrence's ability to make it through them all and keep a positive, kind attitude is what makes him truly remarkable.
Developing an Action Plan for Your Business, Part II
In the first article of this series , published in the April 2017 issue of The O&P EDGE , I presented a persuasive case for conducting a business review and developing an action plan to help guide your efforts and focus your energies in light of the ever-changing healthcare environment. As a refresher, developing the action plan has four steps:
Defining your purpose
Deconstructing your business
Developing the picture
Distributing the work
Having previously defined the purpose of the business-in this example, to restore lives-and deconstructed the business to establish its fundamental building blocks, we can advance to Step 3: Developing the picture, which entails adding depth to the building blocks. This article develops the first four building blocks.
An Unconventional Path to O&P
On August 8, 1997, just before my 12th birthday, a speeding car jumped the sidewalk and crashed into me. I was hit on my left side and suffered nerve damage that resulted in foot drop, which required me to begin using an orthosis and join the many people who rely on orthoses for the rest of their lives. Despite this early exposure to O&P, I only recently began to consider it as a profession or, rather, a calling.
Who Have You Inspired Lately?
If we're going to build a business, we not only need raving fan clients, we need a raving fan culture. Culture meaning everybody on your team works to create raving fan experiences. You've got to create raving fans if you want to be successful.
ACPOC 2017 Annual Meeting Highlights
Industry Review - Associations and Conferences
The Association of Children's Prosthetic- Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC) 2017 Annual Meeting was held March 22-25 in Houston. As is the custom, the meeting was a collaboration between multidisciplinary healthcare team members who provide services for children who have musculoskeletal disorders.
Sharing Knowledge, Gaining Perspectives
Early this month, O&P professionals and other representatives of the rehabilitation healthcare professions will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, at the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics World Congress to share their knowledge,...
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Our vision is to restore hand functionality to people with partial digit amputations. By taking advantage of a newly matured manufacturing process, and through innovative design, Naked Prosthetics is becoming a leading provider of cutting-edge custom finger prostheses.
These one-of-a-kind devices articulate freely and progressively with the residual finger, providing an option for people who need a finger prosthesis that can improve object manipulation, grip strength, and dexterity.
The MCPDriver is a functional finger prosthesis designed for people with amputations at the proximal phalanx. The PIPDriver is for amputation levels at the middle phalanx.
The Triple Action™ Stance/Swing Control Ankle Joint is designed to provide highly adjustable control of the lower limb during both the stance and swing phases of gait. The patent-pending component excels in the treatment of complex neuromuscular disorders. Alignment, plantarflexion resist, and dorsiflexion resist are independently adjustable, which help to simplify optimization. The component delivers high resistance, permitting mobilization of the ankle through both the stance and swing phases of gait.
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RHEO KNEE XC supports advanced capabilities like cycling, leg-over-leg stair ascent, and running.
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Orthomerica's Fuzion product line was developed to enhance your orthotic options by introducing the element of compression therapy to orthotic bracing. The original Fuzion design incorporated compression therapy for AFOs. With the development of the Fuzion Orthotic System, we offer multiple options for utilizing compression therapy. AFOs, KAFOs, KOs, SMOs, EOs, WHOs, EWHOs, TLSOs, and LSOs are all part of the Fuzion Orthotic System.
Who is a good candidate for a Fuzion product? Patients who typically have challenges with standard plastic orthotic braces due to spasticity or bony prominences.
Learn more at www.orthomerica.com/fuzion.
The MAGLOCK eases the frustration of donning a pin lock liner for patients who have transtibial or transfemoral amputations and K1-K3 activity levels. The MAGLOCK is developed to deliver up to 90 lb. of force.
The large distal target allows the patient to be 10 degrees off center and still achieve suspension. The ultimate product for people who have dexterity issues, have pin alignment issues, or require a caregiver, and much more. No wires, no battery.
New design, new potential.
Features and benefits include:
- Bolt strength increased by two times for improved durability/shock resistance
- Ankle/foot binding redesign for improved smoothness throughout gait
- Integrated bumper redesign for reduced friction and improved durability
- Top cap and shaft repositioning for improved durability
- Seven process improvements implemented for improved quality and efficiencies
The College Park C100 cylindrical shuttle lock is made from high-strength, durable nylon and used as a traditional lock system for lower-limb prosthesis users. Retrofittable with similar shuttle locks, the C100 is lightweight and provides a secure fit, and the push pin can easily be cut to the appropriate length for the prosthesis. The C100 lock is rated to 300 lb., has a two-year warranty, and comes with two plunger pins with five different lengths, from extra short to extra long. Order online at www.college-park.com/shuttle-lock-c100.
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ALPS' new AP Tapered Liner is gradually tapered from the anterior to the posterior to provide superior comfort. This liner is available in a pin and lock system or suction suspension. The AP Tapered Liner features our black, high-performance fabric with gel to assist in reducing bunching in the popliteal region.
The Infinite TF and Infinite TT by LIM Innovations® are the first custom-molded, modular, and dynamic prosthetic socket systems that offer adjustability at each component in response to volume and shape changes of the residual limb. The Infinite Socket product line offers a holistic improvement in patient comfort, and freedom through its unique, dynamic design. Contact us for more information.