Transfemoral amputee John T., 45, presented with a seven-year-old, outdated prosthetic leg, which no longer fit or functioned properly. Like many traumatic amputees, John maintains an active lifestyle and expects a lot from his replacement limb, including comfort, performance and endurance. For those expectations, an intimate socket fit is essential. John’s prosthetist recommended an all-new limb design and components featuring a rigid laminated socket with...
Orthotic management of spinal conditions presents a variety of options and challenges to today’s clinicians…options in the wide variety of devices now in use, challenges in selecting the most appropriate one for each patient’s specific needs. Spinal bracing encompasses three primary objectives: Control of back pain, by limiting motion and unloading discs, vertebrae and other spinal structures through abdominal compression. Temporary stabilization of weak or...
To a prosthetist, the approach to creating a transfemoral, or above knee (A/K), replacement limb can be considerably different than for a lower amputation level. Where a transtibial (B/K) prosthesis must replace the foot, ankle and part of the lower leg, an above-knee system adds the critical knee joint and part of the femur…and the degree of difficulty jumps exponentially. Fortunately, surgeons have become quite...
Over the past decade, no class of prosthetic componentry has shown greater advancement than foot and ankle systems. Today’s components reflect improved engineering, lightweight materials and versatile designs, producing enhanced biomechanical benefits and a more natural gait for amputees. The closer a selected foot-ankle system matches the abilities, environment and activity desires of the amputee, the better the outcome. That’s where our experienced prosthetic staff...
LeTourneau Prosthetics would like to pay tribute to all of our first responders and the heroes of 9-11-2001. We would like to express our deepest condolences to those who were lost and our sincere gratitude to all the heroes who continue to serve. We have not forgotten.