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Amputee Life — Prosthetist

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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Why Your Amputee Training Sessions Matter

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Amputee training is a fundamental phase of successful prosthetic treatment. Training for prosthetic users ensure that they can navigate the various surfaces they'll encounter beyond the smooth clinic floor such as stairs, slopes, and rough terrain. Furthermore, prosthetic training helps you function well in your everyday life and assists you in transitioning into your new normal.   

Amputee training is a fundamental phase of successful prosthetic treatment.

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