Protez Foundation, a nonprofit organization helping Ukrainian soldiers and civilians who have lost limbs during the war, announced a partnership with OneStep, a platform for digital physical therapy, to provide remote care for patients. OneStep’s technology can provide a clinical-grade motion analysis lab with a smartphone.
Protez Foundation provides Ukrainians with free quality prosthetics in the United States, helps them with rehabilitation, and promotes the opportunity for a normal life. The average cost of treating one patient is $15,000, and the average time spent in the United States is three to four weeks.
As of November 2022, Protez Foundation received more than 600 applications for treatment; however, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Social Policy, there are about 12,000 amputees currently registered and awaiting prosthetic devices. Protez Foundation is working towards the goal to bring between ten to 30 Ukrainian people a month to the United States for prosthetic care. Before the end of 2022, the Protez Foundation will have helped over 30 people.
“For months, we have been doing prosthetic operations, fittings, and treatment plans, and then sending patients home with no way to track their progress to determine if and how their treatment plans should be adjusted,” said Yakov Gradinar, CPO, the Protez Foundation’s chief medical director. “The partnership with OneStep is a game changer—it rounds out our efforts, enabling us to easily stay connected with our patients and get a 360-degree view of their movement from thousands of miles away.”
To learn more, or to donate to Prosthetics for Ukrainians, visit protezfoundation.com/donate.