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5 Tips to Get Your Prosthetist to Listen to You

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Consulting with a prosthetist who doesn’t seem to listen can be frustrating. Every appointment feels like a race—as if you only have a few minutes to share your concerns. You go through your "punch list" of issues, and you’re not quite sure if your prosthetist understands what you’re trying to communicate.

Tips to get your prosthetist to listen to you.

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Ottobock’s Harmony System Simplifies Residual Limb Volume Management

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Most prosthesis users—especially lower-limb amputees—complain that the volume of their residual limb diminishes throughout the day. In fact, by the time lunch rolls around, adding another prosthetic sock is common. Ottobock offers a solution to this problem by creating a system that actively manages residual limb volume.

Ottobock Harmony Vacuum System actively manages residual limb volume.

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Health Insurance 101: Deductibles

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Health insurance lingo can easily confuse and even intimidate anyone, especially first-time health insurance buyers, who are trying to understand how it works. Since we already talked about copay and coinsurance, we’ll examine “deductibles,” what they are and how they work.

A guide on health insurance deductibles.

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Prosthetic Socket Alignment: Ideal Rotation

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

If you find yourself comfortable in your prosthesis until you start walking, your socket rotation may be slightly off. Here’s how you can determine if your suspicions are correct.

How to determine the ideal prosthetic socket alignment and rotation using your phone's measuring or photo editing app.

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Prosthetists Are Concerned Over Ohio Law on 3D Printed Prostheses 

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Prosthetists in the US are closely watching the developments in Ohio as a new law gives anyone with a 3D printer the ability to begin providing artificial limbs. This chain of events started when Aaron Westbrook, now a 20-year-old Ohio State University student, used recycled plastic and a 3D printer at his old high school to create a prosthetic arm when he was 15 years old. Born without a hand and wrist on his right arm, Westbrook used his first creation.

Aaron Westbrook is the CEO of Form5, a non-profit company that provides 3D printed prosthesis to those in need.

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