Saturday, May 25, 2024

amputee knee contracture orthosis


A physician has asked that we evaluate a patient, (BKA) in a local skilled

nursing facility, for an orthosis to improve 30- 35 degree knee flexion

contracture. The patient is approx. 6 months post-op. Upon seeing the patient

I immediately think of a custom molded brace with essentially a BK socket and

dynamic (ie: ultraflex) joint. The problem; there is quite a bit of

osteoarthritis and the patient complains of knee pain with mild stretching. I

am a bit skeptical that the orthosis will be tolerated and/or reduce the

contracture significantly, but in my opinion it is worth a shot.

If you have a preferred, cost effective strategy or opinion on the treatment

suggested in a case like this I would appreciate any feedback.

Thank you,

Eddie White, CP

Beacon P&O

Raleigh, NC


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