Optimus Prosthetics
News and Notes for PatientsJuly 2012
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National Parks Pass for People with Disabilities
Low-Tech; High-Impact
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Prosthetic FAQ
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Oscar Pistorius to Run 400m Race 

Associated Press

 JOHANNESBURG -- Never count out Oscar Pistorius.

The "Blade Runner" will be competing in the London Olympics in his favored 400 meters, after all.


The double-amputee runner from South Africa has spent almost all his life without lower legs and his entire track career proving he's good enough to compete with the best. He now has the chance to do just that.


The 25-year-old will be running in London in both the individual 400 and the 4x400 relay -- the first amputee track athlete to compete at any games.


"Today is truly one of the proudest days of my life," Pistorius said. Read the rest of the story here.

National Parks Pass for People with Disabilities 


Summer is flying by, so get out and enjoy the great outdoors before it turns cold again! And now, people with disabilities can enjoy federal recreation sites for free. When you visit a federal recreation site, just present some documentation of disability status and ask for the free Access Pass.


Details can be found on the Amputation Coalition's website
Low-Tech; High-Impact

Often, when highlighting a patient or component, we tend to focus on the high-tech; the cutting-edge; the "latest and greatest." However, the simplest of prosthetic devices can make a very big impact on a person's life and functionality.


Meet Dennis Partin, Optimus Prosthetics patient and thumb amputee.

On May 10, 2010, Dennis was working a 400-ton punch press. It was not equipped with dual palm buttons - a standard safety feature for these huge machines - and one wrong move cost Dennis his right thumb. "In less than a second, it was gone. It happened so quick," says Dennis.


"All the small things, all the things you don't think about, they were suddenly much harder," Dennis, who is right-handed, explained. "Turning a key, writing, tightening and loosening things, struggling to open a 20-oz pop bottle, everything is more difficult." Dennis went on to explain the impact on his remaining fingers, as well as his left hand. Since he is compensating for the missing thumb, he puts a lot of extra pressure on his fingers and other hand; to the point of needing injections in his left hand for pain.

Travis Barlow, CP, worked with Dennis on a solution. "When he came to us, he already had a passive device. We wanted to come up with something that gave him more options and greater functionality."


Dennis explained that the biggest advantage of his first device was purely cosmetic. "It really helped in terms of being self-conscious about my hand - but I couldn't do much with it. The thumb couldn't really move, so it was still difficult to hold things."

Travis used Dennis' input when making his new, more functional prosthesis. "Thumb placement was very important to Dennis," Travis explained. "We wanted to give him an opposition post that could be manipulated easily to accommodate for larger objects, and allow him to grasp things securely. We also were careful not to limit the range of motion of his hand and wrist."


As a machinist, Dennis uses both hands all day long, and having a functional, movable thumb has made a huge difference! "My new prosthesis is great!" Dennis said. "The thumb can swivel and move and I can adjust the tension to hold things tightly, without worrying about dropping them."

Like so many amputees, Dennis stays positive by focusing on what he has, instead of what he has lost. "I was inches away from losing my arm," Dennis said. "I was just 23 at the time of the accident. I have 40 years of work ahead of me. I can't let this get me down."


We Want Your Pictures and Videos!

 We are proud of our patients, and their personal triumphs!  If you have a picture or video of yourself "living life to the fullest," we would like to post it on our Facebook page!   


Send it to Beth Warren. And don't forget to "Like" us!



Prosthetic FAQ

Each quarter, we bring you information and support on living with a prosthetic device. In this issue: CONTRACTURES



By: Nicholas LaRaia, PT, DPT, NCS

From InMotion, May/June 2011


The most important point in any discussion of contractures is that prevention works best. However, if a contracture does develop, there are many approaches to treatment. The best results are usually obtained through a combination of approaches, but one of the most important elements is an active exercise program.


What are contractures?

Contractures are the permanent or semi-permanent restriction of movement of soft tissues due to shortening and/or structural changes in the connective tissues of the body. Sometimes the normally elastic or stretchy tissues are replaced by stiff, fibrous tissue; this can be in skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. When these soft tissues surrounding the joints in the body become shortened or inelastic, a joint contracture develops that can severely limit the motion of the joint or even freeze it in one position. This occurs for a variety of reasons. Nerve damage or neurologic disease paralyzes muscles; injuries or burns will cause inelastic scar tissue; and immobilization for prolonged periods such as casting after fracture or surgery will allow structural changes and shortening to take place. Often, just inactivity due to illness or to pain in joints will reduce the range of joint motion through the changes noted above.


Read the rest of the article here. 
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