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Vacuum Socket Suspension Comes Of Age For Prosthetic Patients
Oct

09

2017

Vacuum Socket Suspension Comes Of Age For Prosthetic Patients

Nothing is more important to an amputee wearing a prosthetic leg than keeping the prosthesis firmly anchored to the residual limb. The more the residuum moves around inside the socket, the less effective the ambulation, the greater the stress on limb tissues, and the higher the chance the limb will come off entirely, often precipitating a fall. With conventional suspension methods (atmospheric suction, pin, anatomic,...

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New Options For Treating Cerebral Palsy Spasticity
Sep

28

2017

New Options For Treating Cerebral Palsy Spasticity

For nearly two decades, Ultraflex custom orthoses have provided the rehabilitation community with conservative management options for severe neuromuscular and/or orthopedic dysfunction. Recently, the company introduced two new joint mobilization systems for managing cerebral palsy-induced spasticity. The HOPe1 (Hip Orthosis, Pediatric) is a variation of the traditional A-Frame brace incorporating an Ultraflex joint mounted to solid knee orthoses or knee-ankle-foot orthoses at mid-calf with swivel...

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Above-Knee Amputee Gait Takes Another Step
Sep

28

2017

Above-Knee Amputee Gait Takes Another Step

Computerized knee componentry, possibly the major prosthetic technology breakthrough of the last decade, has taken another step forward with the introduction of the Rheo Knee™, a microprocessor-controlled swing and stance system that continuously samples and “learns” the user’s gait pattern and optimizes cadence response. The Rheo Knee thus joins the C-Leg and Adaptive Knee in the growing arena of microprocessor-actuated advanced knee componentry. The Rheo...

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Is ‘Prosthetic Parity’ A Good Thing?
Sep

27

2017

Is ‘Prosthetic Parity’ A Good Thing?

Never far from any discussion of advanced prosthetics and orthotics is the companion topic of cost and reimbursement. Like most new products providing new and improved capabilities, breakthrough prosthetic components like the C-Leg, Proprio Foot and Advanced Arm typically come with a hefty price tag and thus may be financially viable for only a small percentage of individuals with congenital or acquired limb loss. Obtaining insurance...

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Custom Socket Liners Fill In For Difficult Residual Limbs
Aug

30

2017

Custom Socket Liners Fill In For Difficult Residual Limbs

The introduction of gel socket liners in the early 1990s opened new vistas of comfort and improved prosthesis suspension for lower-limb amputees and spawned a steady stream of new liner designs and materials, which continues today. Most prosthetic liners are off-the-shelf products of uniform gel thickness throughout and available in various sizes. These products work well for most transtibial and some transfemoral amputees; however, those...

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