Evidence-Based Post-Operative Care
June 19th 2018
Evidenced-based medicine (EBM) is becoming an essential component of O&P practice. In simplest terms, EBM is discontinuing practices that medical evidence demonstrates do not improve clinical outcomes, and conversely, consistently incorporating into practice interventions that are proven to enhance patient outcomes.
EBM was introduced in the 1990s and defined as…
The Lilly Biagini Story: Attitude Determines Altitude
June 7th 2018
While many six year olds are still deciding which letter comes next in the alphabet, Lilly Biagini was focused on something much more momentous: she made the decision to have bilateral transfemoral amputations.
Lilly, now a precocious, animated ten-year-old, was born with arthro-gryposis multiplex congenita, hip dislocation, scoliosis, kyphosis, and…
Amputees are tuning into apps for fitness and finesse
May 16th 2018
Apps are changing the way that amputees do everything from staying fit to operating their prosthetic limbs. Fitness for Amputees is just one in a budding group of mobile apps that have sprung up to help speed the recovery process for people who've lost a limb. There's ample demand for such…
BMI higher in type 2 diabetes patients who eat breakfast late
May 2nd 2018
Type 2 diabetics who prefer to stay up later at night and delay breakfast have a higher body mass, according to a study.
Researchers studied whether morning or evening preference among people with type 2 diabetes was associated with an increased risk for higher BMI and what factors contributed to…
NMU Students aim to propel paralympian with prosthetic
April 24th 2018
Students at Northern Michigan University were given a chance to help a Paralympic athlete become more of a threat to her competition. Prosthetist Lynn Vanwelsenaers from Teter Orthotics and Prosthetics Marquette office helped guide the students with what adaptive equipment they could attach to the prosthetic fitted for Kelly’s limb, that…
The Future of Preventing Diabetic Amputations
April 17th 2018
A biomedical engineer has created the Siren Diabetic Sock and Foot Monitoring System. They’re smart socks made of Neurofabric™—a smart textile that can be manufactured on standard industrial equipment—and used to help people with diabetes avoid amputations caused by diabetic foot ulcers.
The Siren team with expertise in the biomedical, garment,…
April is Limb Loss Awareness Month
April 5th 2018
During the month of April, every Wednesday wear orange and show your support. The purpose of Limb Loss Awareness Month is to educate, celebrate and share the realities of living with limb difference and limb loss. According to the Amputee Coalition, there are more than 500 amputations every single day in this country. With…
Future Prosthetic Technology
March 27th 2018
The biotech company Össur, announced the successful development of a bionic leg that is controlled by subconscious thoughts. This new technology employs implanted sensors that send wireless signals to the onboard computer of the prosthetic bionic foot, which activates the subconscious in the brain, which translates into real-time prosthetic control,…
Alternative and Complementary Rehabilitation Therapies
March 14th 2018
Experts have been searching for alternative ways to keep patients with limb loss engaged and excited about their recovery. From walking in swimming pools to virtual reality environments, patients have been working toward recovery in ways that take them outside therapists' clinics.
The premise for using alternative types of therapy…
December 20th 2017
Strokes are among the leading cause of long-term disability for Americans, with almost 800,000 people of all ages suffering them annually. Recovery from a stroke takes time and support. The support needed varies depending upon the damage sustained by the ischemic stroke (caused by a clot) or hemorrhagic stroke (caused…