Army Researchers Invent Device To Improve Orthoses
May 11th 2021
Army scientists have developed rate-activated tethers (RAT) to incorporate into orthotics, braces, and compression garments that provide variable support depending on the wearer’s speed and movement intensity. The tethers stretch and recover quickly during moderate extension rates and resist during extreme extension rates, providing a unique balance of comfort, performance,…
Paralyzed Football Player Learns To Walk With Exoskeleton
April 20th 2021
A 27-year-old football player is one of the first in the country to use a new exoskeleton to help him overcome paralysis.
Shaun Greentree, from NSW, was injured on the sporting field last October and is now a quadriplegic.
"I was playing AFL football on the central coast and had…
Limb Loss Doesn't Stop Teen From Playing Sports
April 6th 2021
Greg Robinson had just started his second tenure in 2016 as basketball coach at South Central High, a 214-enrollment school serving the communities of Elizabeth and Laconia and the surrounding countryside in the rolling hills of Harrison County in Southern Indiana.
Robinson was running a youth camp for elementary students…
Michelle's Experience At Our Kalamazoo Office
March 25th 2021
Michelle was recently seen in our Kalamazoo office for evaluation, fit, and delivery of an RGO (Reciprocating Gait Orthosis) after sustaining a T7 spinal cord injury about one year ago. This device allowed her to independently stand and take steps for the first time since her injury.
After the injury,…
Female Amputee Air Force Pilot Back In The Air
March 23rd 2021
A United States Air Force Academy graduate who is the first woman amputee to return to flying duty is now helping future pilots.
"I am an amputee pilot." Major Christy Wise is a United States Air Force Academy grad and the first woman amputee to return to flying duty. "About five years…
Transradial Amputation Improves Phantom Limb Pain
March 9th 2021
Aside from the hand, the most common level of amputation in the upper extremity is the transradial amputation; and these injuries typically result from major trauma.
Patients with transradial amputations have higher prosthetic utilization rates than patients who undergo upper extremity amputation at other levels. Unfortunately, patients with transradial amputations…
New York Boy Wants To Run Marathon On New Prosthetic Leg
February 23rd 2021
The Burns are a fun-loving family from Lewiston. Their fun was put on hold on the first day of June in 2018. “It’s a horrible vivid memory in our,” said Jackie Burns.
Jackie is Gavin’s mother. He was 10 in 2018. His leg was injured by a lawnmower. He was flown by…
Neurofeedback Changes Perception of Prosthesis Weight
February 11th 2021
Some Leg amputees are not satisfied with their prosthesis, even though the sophisticated prostheses are becoming available. One important reason for this is that they perceive the weight of the prosthesis as too high, despite the fact that prosthetic legs are usually less than half the weight of a natural…
'Stepped' Approach To Exercise May Help With Arthritic Knees
January 27th 2021
Millions of Americans suffer from the pain of arthritic knees. But an innovative exercise regimen may help relieve discomfort and improve knee function, a new study finds.
The program is called STEP-KOA -- short for stepped exercise program for patients with knee osteoarthritis. It starts with gentle exercises at home…
UK Students Create Prosthesis For Children
January 12th 2021
Even the most up-to-date prosthetic limbs can often be too heavy, or hard for young children to use with ease.
But now, a group of Imperial College engineering students has created a new, lighter one.
The flexible device called the 'Mitt' slides on like a glove and has magnetic attachments…