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Early Prosthetic Management Can Lead to Better Outcomes
Jan

30

2017

Early Prosthetic Management Can Lead to Better Outcomes

Few topics in rehabilitation elicit more debate and exhibit less consensus than the management of patients in the first days after lower-extremity amputation surgery and the timing and method of their transition into a prosthetic limb. This important decision is impacted by (1) the surgeon’s natural desire to closely monitor the new amputee’s recovery by regularly examining the progress of wound healing; (2) rehabilitation practitioners’...

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New Day Dawning in Orthosis Fabrication With ‘Pre-preg’ AFOs – Stronger, Lighter,  Dynamic Braces
Jan

13

2017

New Day Dawning in Orthosis Fabrication With ‘Pre-preg’ AFOs – Stronger, Lighter, Dynamic Braces

A new day is dawning in the fabrication of lower-extremity braces – ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) and knee-ankle-foot orthoses (KAFOs). When the full potential of this new technology is realized, the outcome will be stronger, thinner, and lighter devices, some of which will deliver dynamic response to facilitate ambulation. For good measure, the fabrication process will be shorter and easier on the patient and potentially more...

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Orthotics and Cerebral Palsy – AFOs Bring Unruly Legs Under Control
Jan

05

2017

Orthotics and Cerebral Palsy – AFOs Bring Unruly Legs Under Control

  Ankle-foot orthoses of various designs are widely considered an important aid in managing young patients with spastic cerebral palsy; indeed, they are prescribed for cerebral palsy (C.P.) management more than any other orthotic device. Primary goals include contracture prevention, improved function and ambulation and tone reduction in proximal muscles to improve function at higher levels. The chief role of the AFO in this application...

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Prosthetic Feet Hitting New Strides of Performance, Patient Acceptance
Dec

18

2016

Prosthetic Feet Hitting New Strides of Performance, Patient Acceptance

Choosing a foot component for a new prosthetic limb these days is no easy business. Once a simple choice among a handful of distinctly different designs, an informed selection of a specific ankle-foot mechanism today has become a complex matter requiring knowledge of, and experience with, a steadily growing spectrum now numbering more than 100 foot designs. Without question, “innovation motivation” has taken hold in...

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Suction? Liner? Belt? Suspension Choice a Key Element of Prosthetic Success
Dec

15

2016

Suction? Liner? Belt? Suspension Choice a Key Element of Prosthetic Success

In its limb prosthetics application, the term suspension derives from a primary definition of its root word suspend … “to hang from somewhere.” In fact, that definition reveals the primary challenge of attaching a replacement limb to the human anatomy: Hanging from a residual limb, the prosthesis is subject to gravity, which in most postures applies a distal force that seeks to pull the replacement...

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