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    What Is Functional Electrical Stimulation?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    People who suffer from stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or a traumatic brain injury sometimes have to contend with an issue called “foot drop.” Foot drop affects the nerves in the front part of the foot, making it difficult for sufferers to walk normally. Fortunately, functional electrical stimulation offers a solution.

    A device called “WalkAide” provides functional electrical stimulation to help those who suffer from foot drop. The device is attached just below the knee, and stimulates the nerves of the leg and foot with each step. The result is a dramatically improved gait, greatly reducing embarrassment and the risk of tripping while walking. If you have foot drop, or if your leg or foot isn’t functioning as well as you would like, consider asking a prosthesis professional about the benefits of the WalkAide device.

    To learn more about WalkAide, call Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics at (717) 253-9130. We offer all sorts of custom prosthetics and other wonderful devices—including the revolutionary i-LIMB Ultra Hand. Visit our website to learn all about our products and services

    High School Students Working on the Future of Prosthetics

    Last updated 2 months ago

    It’s amazing how much prosthesis technology has advanced over the years. Still, there are plenty of issues for future engineers to address.

    This video offers a look at the work of a high school biomedical technology class, the students of which have come up with surprisingly advanced prosthesis designs. The video also shows a representative from Ability Prosthetics visiting the high school class to show them some of today’s most advanced prosthetics. A few of the high school students are planning on becoming engineers, and will perhaps create the next generation of advanced prosthetics. 

    If you or someone you know is in need of a prosthetic device, call Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics at (717) 253-9130. We’ve been providing military veterans and other citizens in need with quality custom prosthetics since 2004.

    Reasons Your Doctor May Recommend Orthotics

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Though the human body is very resilient, sometimes it needs a little help. Orthotic devices are designed to help individuals who experience pain or diminished function of the limbs, joints, or muscles. An orthotic device is not a type of prosthesis, which is designed to completely replace a part of the body; rather, an orthotic device merely serves to improve the function of an existing body part. Read on to discover three reasons why a doctor might recommend an orthotic device:

    Reduce Pain

    Whether it’s from a sudden injury or sustained repetition, there may come a point when you experience pain in one of your muscles or joints. While pain medications can provide temporary relief from pain, drugs are not a long-term solution. If you have arthritis in your ankle, for example, a doctor might prescribe a special wedge for your shoe. This type of orthotic device can help reduce your pain so you may enjoy a pain-free life. 

    Aid Recovery

    Many people go into surgery after suffering accidents or being diagnosed with joint or muscle disorders. To help patients recover from surgery and maintain a semblance of their former mobility, many doctors recommend that patients try out orthotic devices. For example, emergency fracture bracing can help a patient with a broken leg get around while his or her fracture heals.

    Improve Body Function

    Orthotics can also help people who have diminished function in their limbs or muscles after suffering a stroke or other serious medical issue. A dynamic joint system can help an individual move his leg and foot in such a way that normalizes his gait. A young child with an asymmetric head might wear a cranial remolding helmet for 2-3 months to help correct his head shape.

    If you’re suffering from pain, you may find that an orthotic device can make your life more comfortable. Call Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics at (717) 253-9130 to learn more about your options for custom orthotics. We also have plenty of prosthetic devices for amputees.  

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    Join Us For a Workshop Featuring The Dynamic Movement Orthoses

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    Please join us for a continued education workshop featuring: The Dynamic Movement Orthoses (DMOs).

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