Commonly Used Terminology - A
January 6th 2016
There are a lot of terms that you may come across as a new amputee that you don’t yet understand. Many of the technical terms for parts of the body or procedures can at first be confusing, or even intimidating.
Here are a few of the commonly used terms you…
December 30th 2015
There are two main types of braces used to correct a lateral curve of the spine, as seen in scoliosis: a Lumbo-Sacral (LSO) orthosis, or a Thoracolumbosacral orthosis (TLSO).
LSO - Lumbo-Sacral Orthosis: orthosis that encompasses the whole or part of the lumbar and sacro-iliac regions of the…
Residual Limb Hygiene
December 23rd 2015
Clean skin is healthy skin. Whether you’re a new amputee or have been one for years, skin care is incredibly important to the health of your skin. Our skin is the first level of protection that we have against disease, infection, and germs. If you have had an amputation, it’s…
December 16th 2015
Healing after an amputation can be a long process, especially depending on the source of the amputation and certain health factors that may slow the process. After the amputation surgery, the healing process, and the staples or sutures are removed, the residual limb is ready to be prepared for use…
Phantom Limb Pain
December 9th 2015
What is it?
Phantom limb pain (also known as PLP) is a sensation felt by an amputee that an amputated or missing limb is still attached or part of the body. Those who experience this phenomenon feel that their amputated limb is not only still part of their body,…
December 2nd 2015
What is Orthotics?
Orthotics is a branch of medicine that deals with the use of artificial external devices such as splints and braces. This science helps develop equipment that can correct alignment, stabilize, and support a body part that is weakened, injured, or impaired. An orthosis (plural: orthoses) is a…
September 23rd 2015
What is Amputation?
The removal of an injured or diseased body part is called amputation. It may be the result of a traumatic injury, or it may be a planned operation to prevent the spread of the disease in an infected digit or limb, such as a hand or part…
Hand & Finger Prosthetics
September 16th 2015
The definition of a prosthesis (or a prosthetic device) in the medical world is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part. A prosthesis can also be known as an artificial limb, and is an externally applied device that is designed to make the loss of a limb less…
A Brief History of Prosthetics
August 17th 2015
The definition of a prosthesis in the medical world is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part. A prosthesis is also commonly known as an artificial limb or simply a "prosthetic," and is an externally applied device that is designed to make the loss of a limb less…
August 5th 2015
What is Amputation?
Amputation is the removal of an injured or diseased limb or extremity. An amputation can be planned in advance so that it may occur surgically, or it can happen suddenly due to a traumatic experience, such as an explosion or car accident. When an amputation is performed…