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Specialty Lower-Limb Prostheses – Special-Purpose Prosthetic Legs Enhance Life For Amputees
Feb

07

2017

Specialty Lower-Limb Prostheses – Special-Purpose Prosthetic Legs Enhance Life For Amputees

  Here’s a question: Name an activity of daily living that is particularly risky for a lower-limb amputee. If you are in fact an amputee or an amputee’s caregiver, you probably can come up with a lengthy list of answers to that question…among them most likely being “Taking a shower.” Think about it from the amputee’s standpoint: You don’t want your expensive prosthetic leg to...

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The Prosthetic High-Tech Explosion – Prosthetic Limbs of Tomorrow Making Preview Appearances Today
Feb

05

2017

The Prosthetic High-Tech Explosion – Prosthetic Limbs of Tomorrow Making Preview Appearances Today

Prosthetic science – long a rather docile entity characterized by periodic improvements making momentary headlines – has suddenly discovered steroids. Generated by new applications of space-age materials and digital technology, fresh thinking about how to enhance prosthetic outcomes, and America’s experience in rehabilitating its amputee casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, prosthetics in the 21st century has become downright exciting, and a bright future of continuing...

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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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