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Help Me Choose: Salves, Balms, and Moisturizers

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

As you go about your day getting things done, your residual limb bears the brunt of your daily activities. This is why you notice that the skin around your residual limb looks rough, red, and cracked. And as we age, these skin conditions will only get worse. 
How do you know which product to use, a salve or balm?

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6 Journaling Exercises that Improve Your Well-Being

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

These days, a conversation about health and overall well-being isn’t complete without talking about emotional and mental well-being. And one of the ways that both aspects of health can be ensured is in taking the time to put pen to paper and journal.
Journaling can help with anxiety and stress associated with being a prosthetic wearer.

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What You Need to Know About Obamacare in 2019

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

The bigger question is: are prostheses covered by the Affordable Care Act? As a result of ObamaCare, “all individual and small group health insurance plans must now cover something called Essential Health Benefits, or EHBs.” According to healthcare.gov, these are “services and devices to help people with injuries, disabilities, or chronic conditions gain or recover mental and physical skills.” Individual and most small-group plans and employers with 50 or fewer employees are required to cover prosthetics in some way.

Understanding your benefits under Obamacare and Essential Health Benefits.

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Inspiring Individuals: Jake Sanchez and His Passion for Adaptive Climbing

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Just 5 years after his below-the-knee amputation, Jake competed in the Paraclimbing World Championships held in Innsbruck, Austria last September 13-14, 2018. He went up against adaptive climbers from all over the world and, even though he didn’t win, he still left the competition like a winner. 

Jake Sanchez is a below-the-knee amputee competing in the World Paraclimbing Championship 2018

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Prosthetic Leg: To Cover or Not to Cover?

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

When I first started my career as a Prosthetist in the late 90s, most—if not all—of my patients preferred to cover their prosthetic legs. Leaving prosthetic legs bare wasn’t the standard, to say the least. Covering prosthetic limbs and hiding the fact that one is a prosthetic wearer was the trend. 

A prosthetic cover is either 3D printed or CNC machined, that helps amputees show their individuality.

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