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!
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!
The Rheo knee provides artificial intelligence to amputees which allows the knee to adapt to your stride and gait. As you walk faster or slow your pace, the knee will adjust. It also makes stairs much easier and helps reduce tripping! Visit our office to learn more about this great technology!
Have you heard of the new fully bionic leg called the Symbionic Leg? We are now able to provide this to our patients! This Bionic leg is created by combining the Rheo knee and the Proprio foot. The Symbionic leg helps reduce the amount of thinking you have to do in your daily life by reducing the risk of tripping, making uneven terrain easier, allowing you to wear shoes with different heel heights and much more. Come in today and we can explain the Symbionic leg in more detail!
The Proprio foot is a powered prosthetic ankle which helps amputees lift and lower the toes to adapt to the terrain you are on. This increases stability and comfort while walking on hills, ramps, stairs or other grounds. This foot also adjusts for sitting and standing from a seated position to reduce strain on your knee, hip and back. Another great feature of this foot is it allows you to wear shoes of different heel heights without doing any adjusting!
View this link to read more or view pictures and video: http://www.ossur.com/?PageID=13460