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...
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Having evolved gradually over the last three decades, myoelectric systems for upper-limb amputees are hitting their stride. Technological advances in the computer industry, in motor and battery assembly, and even in cell phones and hand-held video wizardry have been put to use to aid in the search for highly functional prosthetic systems. By means of surface electrodes embedded in the prosthesis socket, myoelectric systems detect...
Patients referred to our practice for evaluation and restoration of an upper-limb deficiency, whether congenital or acquired, undergo a detailed process designed to provide the most practical and functional prosthesis for their individual needs, preferences and capabilities. Definitive upper-limb prostheses cannot be pulled complete from a box but are unique combinations of socket type, suspension method, control scheme, perhaps wrist and/or elbow units, and a...
The term “professional,” regardless of the field, evokes certain expectations — advanced, specialized education…demonstrated skill…proven experience. Professionals are measured by specific standards that help define their preparation, capabilities and competence for the patients they serve and the health care providers and facilitators with whom they interact. This is every bit as true for orthotics and prosthetics as for other health care professions. In 1993, the...