The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics.
ABC is the national certifying and accrediting body for
the orthotic and prosthetic professions. The public requires and
deserves assurance that the persons providing orthotic, prosthetic, and
pedorthic services and care are qualified to provide the appropriate
by the time you receive this eNewsletter, we are finally done with 90+ degree
weather! Included this month - news from
the Midwest Chapter AAOP meetings, and an inspirational story of three amputee
veterans who made an incredible achievement!
got any suggestions, compliments or feedback - we'd love to hear
it! Call us at 937-454-1900 or click here
to send us an email!
Optimus Prosthetics * 8517 N. Dixie Drive * Suite 300 * Dayton OH 45414
|From the Midwest Chapter AAOP Meeting|
month, Ellie Thompson (Prosthetic Assistant/Lab Manager) attended the Midwest Chapter AAOP
annual meeting in Lake Geneva, WI.
As a Wisconsin native, Ellie was very excited to return to "the land of
cheese" and came back to Optimus with quite a bit of information to share - and
a suitcase full of cheese curds!
session she found particularly interesting focused on bilateral transtibial
amputees. We know that up to 25% of
patients who lose their limb due to diabetes will lose their other limb within
three years. So, how do we best care for
these patients with bilateral amputations?
our focus is on helping the patient achieve a 'normal' gait," Ellie explained,
"but with patients with bilateral amputations, you have to take so much more
into consideration when selecting the correct componentry." One example she gave was in regards to the
foot and ankle. When we select an ankle
which allows for motion, this may be helpful to the patient when walking, but
there is actually less stability when just standing still. Ellie explained, "For these bilateral
patients, our focus should not be on achieving a 'normal' gait, but rather on helping those patients reach their 'optimal potential.'"
session that Ellie found helpful dealt with patient education, specifically in
the area of sock management. A study was
conducted that focused on patients' preferences when it came to the information
they receive upon delivery of their prostheses. 45% of patients surveyed stated they would rather have an actual
training session in which they were shown how to use prosthetic socks for
volume management; as opposed to 42% who stated that written instructions would
be sufficient. However, when providing
those instructions, it's important to take into account the reading level of
the recipient. "I was surprised to hear
that a large percentage of patients have an elementary reading level, and often
instructions are written at a level beyond their comprehension. When we provide instructions in writing, we
need to make sure they are written at no higher than an 8th grade
Prosthetics typically provides a training session for volume management, but
does not include any written instructions. John Brandt's (Co-Owner/Clinical Director) response to this information
was:"We will make it a priority to provide BOTH the training session
coupled with written instructions. This
will meet the need of the majority of our patients, instead of just 45% of
to Ellie for this great information!
Amputee Veterans Summit Kilimanjaro |
(Content provided by the O&P EDGE)
From left: Kirk Bauer, Dan Nevis, Neil Duncan and a DS/USA volunteer trek toward Kiliminjaro's summit. Photograph courtesy of Reed Hoffman, Microsoft Imaging
amputee team sponsored by Disabled Sports USA
(DS/USA) and the Challenged Athletes Foundation
(CAF) has achieved the 19,340-foot climb to the summit of
Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, to raise awareness and inspire athletes with
The three climbers achieved their goal on August 7, six days
after beginning their journey. All three are missing one or both lower limbs:
Army Sgt. (Ret.) Neil Duncan, 26, of Denver, Colorado, is a bilateral leg
amputee injured in Afghanistan; Army Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Dan Nevins, 37, of
Jacksonville, Florida, is a bilateral transtibial amputee injured in Iraq; and
Sgt. (Ret.) Kirk Bauer, JD, 62, of Ellicott City, Maryland, is a unilateral
transfemoral amputee injured in Vietnam. Bauer is executive director of DS/USA.
The three are also members of the DS/USA's Warfighter Sports program
. "Our message
in this climb is to both our wounded military, who have made such a sacrifice
to this great country of ours, and to people with disabilities throughout the
Bauer said. "If three veterans from three wars and two generations
with one good leg between them can climb the tallest mountain in Africa, then
all with disabilities can choose to be active and healthy through sports."
climb was part of DS/USA's Warfighter Sports Series, a schedule of challenge
events that help military service members with permanent disabilities, such as
amputations, spinal cord injury, visual impairment, or traumatic brain injury,
reach their full potential through participation in extreme and endurance
sports. The event was chronicled by award-winning photographer Reed Hoffman,
through a grant from Microsoft Imaging.
For additional photos of the event and the participants' blogs, click here
| 'Prosthetics for Therapists' Update|
by Scott Schall
well into the 4th course, 'Amputee Mobility Predictor'. Schedule your course today!
Academy is pleased to welcome Friendship
Village, Carriage Inn, and Shiloh Springs to the list of therapy
groups participating in our Prosthetics for Therapists courses.
Call the office at 937-454-1900
Amputee Mobility Predictor
Transtibial Gait Training and Deviations
Transfemoral Gait Training and Deviations
Partial Foot / Symes / Knee Disarticulation / Hip
Upper Extremity Prosthetics
Computer Alignment System (COMPAS)
At Optimus, we're here for you! |
Please don't hesitate to contact any of us with questions, comments, concerns, or compliments. Click here to email us
or call the office at 937-454-1900.0