prosthetics


Restoring Guatemala: Mobility Mission

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May 2016

Restoring Guatemala: Mobility Mission

Often an effort that can help dozens of lives in a poverty stricken area thousand of miles from home can start with a simple conversation between friends. Eddie Fuentes first met P&O Care’s clinical director, Jon Wilson, CPO, while working at Shriners Children’s Hospital in St. Louis as a prosthetist/orthotist. When Eddie retired from Shriners, he returned home to Guatemala to start his own prosthetic...

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Limb Loss Awareness Month

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Apr 2016

Limb Loss Awareness Month

We have seen many images in the news of veterans returning from a tour of duty with lost limbs. As tragic and heartbreaking as these are, amputations are actually more common than many think, with more than 500 Americans losing a limb each day. There are a number of causes for limb loss, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, traumatic injuries, birth defects and cancer. Up to...

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Hand Casting vs. CAD Cam Scanning

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Feb 2016

Hand Casting vs. CAD Cam Scanning

Even in the twenty-first century, the term handcrafted means something. Handcrafted means creating a one-of-a-kind item, made to specifications, with all the attention and expertise a skilled professional can bring. Handcrafting is an art as well as a science. The science means it works, the art means it works best for you. We bring both the science and the art to the crafting of prosthetic...

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Diabetic Neuropathy Types and Treatments

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Nov 2015

Diabetic Neuropathy Types and Treatments

With diabetes on the rise, we want you and your loved ones to be aware of potential complications of diabetes before they become acute. One of these is diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is caused by prolonged high blood sugar levels that lead to nerve damage, particularly in the legs and feet. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimates that between sixty and seventy percent of type...

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Airport Security and Your Prosthesis

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Oct 2015

Airport Security and Your Prosthesis

Making your way through airport security can be frustrating and time consuming even if you don’t have prosthesis. With a prosthesis it can be downright maddening. But there are steps you can take to make the process move more smoothly and get you to your plane on time. Communicate with your officer. Be up front and tell your TSA officer about your prosthesis in specific...

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5 Exercises for New Amputees

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Sep 2015

5 Exercises for New Amputees

Learning to use a prosthesis takes time and practice. Working with a physical therapist is an excellent way to build stronger muscles and develop good walking habits. Often, patients are encouraged to practice exercises at home. Try these simple exercises can help maximize your balance and confidence with your new prosthesis. 1. Forward-backward and side-to-side balance Stand between two chairs (or similar objects), with each...

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Why the Latest Medicare Proposal Should Worry You

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Aug 2015

Why the Latest Medicare Proposal Should Worry You

Nearly every day, the news is full of uplifting coverage of amputees “Dancing with the Stars”, running in the Boston Marathon and returning from war with the most advanced prosthetic technology. And rightly so. 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and it’s hard to refute the remarkable improvements in prosthetic technology that have improved the mobility and quality of life...

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Amputee Tips for the Summer Heat

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Jul 2015

Amputee Tips for the Summer Heat

Summer is a wonderful time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. However, summer also means sweat. While many amputees deal with perspiration on a daily basis, the summer months can be especially problematic. A large buildup of sweat is not only uncomfortable, but it can cause skin breakdown. Don’t fret! We have few options to help you battle sweat as the heat ramps up...

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April is Limb Loss Awareness Month

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Apr 2015

April is Limb Loss Awareness Month

There are 500 people each day that need a limb amputated.  Because the socket joint can gather sweat, it makes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that can lead to an unhealthy limb. Here are a few tips on how to properly care for your prosthetic, and lead a healthy life. Your Limbs Do not take a shower in the morning. Your limb will swell...

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Fine Motor Activities for Children With Low Muscle Tone

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Mar 2015

Fine Motor Activities for Children With Low Muscle Tone

If your  child has been diagnosed with hypotonia (low muscle tone), it means his or her muscles are on the loose side. Children with this condition often feel “floppy” or they slip through your arms when you try to pick them up. Hypotonia is not a well-understood condition, and it can lead to delays in muscle development and coordination. In some cases, hypotonia will resolve on its...

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