We are proud to announce that LimBionics of Durham is the only certified clinic in the Southeast for the new suspension technology of the Smart Puck! We are proud to be cutting edge with technology and we are one of only 3 facilities on the east coast and the only one in the southeast! This system allows you to control your vacuum by using your smart phone or ipod! Contact us for a consult for the Smart Puck vacuum system or to ask us more questions, we love answering questions!
One of the biggest issues for amputees missing their hands is that they no longer have a sense of touch. Well, the researchers at the University of Chicago are finding ways to allow amputees to have a sense of touch!
Here is the link if you would like to read more. http://www.healio.com/orthotics-prosthetics/prosthetics/news/online/%7Be6f62149-e7ae-4632-9fe5-38daf6eab0b8%7D/researchers-investigate-sensory-feedback-technology-for-prosthetic-arm
Stance Control KAFOs (knee ankle foot orthoses) are an underused device that has huge benefits to patients. It is a brace that treats the ankle and knee but utilizes new technology which allows the brace to have knee that is locked during standing but is free during swing phase of walking or running. It also allows the knee to flex with some control which allows it to not just be locked in extension or unlocked.
These braces are used for people with weak quadriceps muscles which can include spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, paralysis, post-polio, or other issues. This technology helps people walk with a more natural gait and reduces the amount of compensation that your body has to do in a normal KAFO. By making your walking more natural we are also reducing the amount of energy your body is using to walk.
This is a huge advancement for orthotics and can really help change people’s lives.
We just wanted to pass on a nice email we received from one of our patients yesterday, this is what makes us love our job every day.
“I just wanted to send you a small note telling you, this is the first time in 12 years that I have gone to another Prosthetic company. Today was the first day I let a new company begin work on a leg for me, and I was very impressed. It also meant the world to see someone else I knew at your office who was a peer and who was also happy they changed providers recently to you and he was pleased to recommend you. It meant a lot seeing how diverse your company was and being greeting with friendly faces today and even a patients small dog!
Your company really is the exception! I just wanted to send you a note to let you know I was impressed with what I saw and with my experience. I must admit, I wasn’t used to such nice furniture and equipment in an office. Everything was so classy.
This is my first time experiencing anything like this.! I just wanted to send you this note say how I felt.”
We love having happy patients! Thank you for the kind words
According to a recent study, it was found that approximately a quarter of patients change health care providers due to not feeling empathy from their providers. Patients typically do not tell their health care providers and just stand up for themselves and change providers. As a patient, this is your right! Know your rights and find a provider that listens to you, that you feel comfortable with, and helps you strive to be the best you can!
While we move into the technology of different vacuum systems, one thing we have to consider is what is the least amount of bulk we are going to have to add to keep the suction which keeps the prosthesis on. One way to do this is to use the new Unity System. This allows for just a liner for the vacuum to work. No need for extra sleeves!
One of the major jobs of ours is to get a prosthesis fitting well and making it feel the most like your leg that we can. Well with recent advances in vacuum suspension this is becoming more feasible! We are able to actually have a small vacuum inside of your prosthetic leg which allows for the leg to really be held on and not “hang off” of your leg like a pin lock may. Many people that use elevated vacuum say that it feels lighter, more apart of them, and that they have better control of the prosthesis. One of the newer vacuum units is the Smart Puck and the Air Puck. Come visit us and we would love to show you this technology!
A recent study shows that peripheral artery disease, which causes tightening of the arteries and reduced blood flow to your limbs, has increased by 24% in the past 10 years! Over a quarter of a billion people (that’s right, billion) worldwide have peripheral artery disease. Remember that quitting smoking, some moderate exercise, and watching what you eat can help battle this disease! If you have numbness, sores on your toes, cramping in your legs, cold legs, or hair loss on your limbs, please see your physician as soon as possible.
There are many ways to suspend a prosthesis on a patients limb and technology keeps improving and helping us make suspension better for our patients. One newer form of suspension is called “elevated vacuum” which actually uses vacuum suspension! One example of this is the LimbLogic vacuum. This vacuum is built into the prosthesis and uses Bluetooth technology to monitor how much vacuum is being pulled in the socket and allows us to find and maintain optimal vacuum for each patient. Using vacuum suspensions allow for better control of a prosthesis and many patients state that the secure suspension makes the prosthesis feel lighter and more secure.
This pump is also waterproof in freshwater so you do not have to worry if you are caught in the rain!
Have you heard the news?! The new Biom foot is at LimBionics of Durham!
The Biom is a prosthetic foot that provides Bionic Propulsion, which means it helps mimic the muscles used when you walk. How does this help you? It allows you to use less energy when you walk, makes a more natural and symmetric gait, it allows you to walk up and down hills easily by adapting to terrain, and reduces the stress on your knee.
Check out more information on this incredible foot at our office or at http://www.biom.com/