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Orthotic & Prosthetic Care Offers Patients A Second Chance
Apr

20

2017

Orthotic & Prosthetic Care Offers Patients A Second Chance

Appreciating the role of prosthetists and orthotists begins with understanding the services we offer. Our core competency is to provide rehabilitation devices that either replace a missing body part (prostheses) or support and protect anatomical structures to facilitate healing, relieve pain or promote safe ambulation (orthoses). The process begins with a detailed patient history and physical to gain a clear understanding of the patient’s condition,...

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Orthotic Solutions For MS And ALS Patients
Apr

13

2017

Orthotic Solutions For MS And ALS Patients

  Multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are related neuromuscular diseases that afflict patients with progressive muscle weakness in the lower extremities, accompanied by coordination and balance challenges. While the progression of the two disorders is distinctly different, both produce mobility challenges that can be ameliorated with focused orthotic support. MS affects an estimated 2.5 million people worldwide. Diagnosis usually occurs between ages...

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Ankle Foot Orthosis
Apr

10

2017

Ankle Foot Orthosis

The ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) ranks among the leading rehabilitation aids in the U.S. The majority of America’s four million stroke survivors wear some form of AFO to overcome drop foot and other biomechanical complications. Add the additional millions of children and adults challenged by cerebral palsy; multiple sclerosis; head trauma; polio; Charcot disease; ALS; fractures, injury and disease processes of the lower limb; and other...

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Intelligent Stance Control Orthoses
Mar

29

2017

Intelligent Stance Control Orthoses

  In the laboratories of rehabilitation technology, new doesn’t remain new for long. No sooner does an innovative assembly or product hit the market than efforts are already under way to improve on it, either through an entirely new approach or improved engineering of the original concept. Such is the case with stance control orthoses, or SCOs, for which the initial, largely mechanical joint designs...

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A Welcome Alternative To Traditional Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthosis (KAFO)
Mar

28

2017

A Welcome Alternative To Traditional Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthosis (KAFO)

Providing effective and patient-acceptable orthotic intervention for individuals with knee instability resulting from lower-limb paresis or paralysis has been a long-standing challenge in our specialty. Patients lacking full voluntary knee control secondary to polio, weak quads, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke and other neuromuscular and/or musculoskeletal disorders have traditionally been fitted with a knee-ankle-foot orthosis (KAFO) incorporating manual locking knee joints to provide stability...

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