Getting used to a life-altering event such as amputation is never easy. In addition to grieving the loss of your limb, you must also physically get used to using a prosthesis. Luckily, there are a number of health professionals along the way who can help you, including physical therapists. Here are a few things you can expect during therapy:
You’ve poured over pamphlets and taken notes on every instruction from your physical therapist. After all, when you’re new to prosthetics, you want to arm yourself with as much information as you can. There are some smaller details, however, that you’ll simply pick up on your own as you go. Consider a couple little-known facts about wearing your prosthesis that you’ll learn firsthand:
Alexis Porter has worked at Bulow OPS for four and a half months as a Patient Care Coordinator. She said having the knowledge that she’s assisted in improving a patient’s lifestyle makes her job very satisfying.
Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions would like to welcome Kathleen Drake, CPO.
Across the United States, families are gearing up for a new schoolyear. Kids are excited to enter a new grade, see old friends and help mom and dad pick out school supplies. But in the midst of all this hustle and bustle, child amputees find themselves with a unique set of preparations. In order to make your child’s transition back to school as smooth as possible, Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions would like to offer you these 5 tips for child amputees:
Prosthetic legs have come a long way in the last hundred years. From having a wooden peg to help you get around to intricate microprocessor knees, we’re truly living in wondrous times.
Today, Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions would like to break down the individual parts of a prosthetic leg and help you understand better how all the components work together:
Summer feels like one beautiful, unending afternoon of baseball games, trips to the beach, and nature hikes. Tackling those grassy fields, sandy shores, and bumpy paths, however, requires heightened levels of balance that puts a lower-body prosthetic to the test. Enhance your balance to tackle any uneven terrain with these moves:
It’s expected that anyone who undergoes an amputation will experience pain after the procedure. However, some people experience pain in their residual limb even after they have healed. Here are five reasons why this may be happening to you:
Undergoing amputation is a difficult process. If you recently lost a limb, you will spend some time in a difficult place emotionally, mentally and physically.
However, there is hope, and it does get better. Today, we’re going to talk about how you can adapt to the “new you” as a recent amputee:
As a new amputee, you’re no doubt counting down the days until you get to try on your prosthesis for the first time. And for good reason! Receiving a new arm or leg is exciting, as is the prospect of becoming more mobile.
However, we tend to see the same misconceptions crop up among new amputees regarding their first prosthesis. A few of them include:
Kelly Hefferan has worked as a certified prosthetist for Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions for two years now. She enjoys her current role as a clinician and is looking forward to obtaining her second credential as an orthotist.
Rick Babcock has worked as an orthotic clinical specialist with Bulow O&P for almost 4 years. He jokes that if he could switch jobs with anyone else at Bulow, it would be Brad Gardner, “so I could know all the secrets and rule the company with an iron fist!”
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As a new amputee, you’ve probably received pamphlets on subjects ranging from phantom limb pain to what kind of prostheses are available to support groups. There are a few things, however, that these pamphlets don’t tell you that can set you up for greater success as an amputee. Here are a few:
With the Winter Olympics getting underway in PyeongChang, here are the stories of three Paralympic athletes who defied the odds, turning their disability into their greatest strength.
Helping your child cope with the loss of a limb, both inside and outside of school, is an important factor in the overall healing process. Here are some ways you can help not only your child but also yourself.
This month, Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions says good-bye to one of our Certified Orthotists as he enters retirement! Bob Corbett has worked with Bulow for four years. Before that, he worked for two decades with Applied Orthotics, which was acquired by Bulow.
There are some days when you wake up and it’s just miserable to put on your prosthesis. It doesn’t want to fit right or it’s itchy or it pinches horribly.
There are a few things you can do to prevent an uncomfortable prosthesis fit, including:
Herman Green, a Certified Technician and a Certified Prosthetic Assistant, has worked for Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions for five years, although he’s been in the industry for the past 24 years.
While there are plenty of places where you can buy an off-the-shelf brace, there are certain conditions that require a specific customization in order for you to fully recover. Here are a few of the more common ones that we tend to treat at Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions: