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    "Tom and Janet Were Awesome"-Great Review for Ability Prosthetics

    Last updated 2 months ago

    • on client review
    • I had BKA and spent a year with another company and never had a prothesis that fit properly. I trusted them to help me through the process but in the end, I think they Just wanted the $$ and didn't care about me. When the company went out of business, I was stuck with a leg that didn't fit and had a broken valve. Tom and Janet were awesome.... More

    How to Put on Your Custom TLSO

    Last updated 2 months ago

    In order to put on your custom Thoracic-Lumbar-Sacral Orthosis (TLSO), put on a comfortably fitting cotton t-shirt and lie on your side. Place the back piece of the brace against your back and slide the sides under your body. Roll on to your back and realign the back of the brace. Apply the front part of the brace, making sure to overlap the back section. When the alignment is corrected, tighten all of the straps until the brace is snug against your upper torso and back.

    If your TLSO is not fitting properly, contact Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics for an adjustment. Discomfort, redness, bruising, or blistering are all signs that your TLSO needs to be adjusted. Contact us online or call us at (717) 259-9130 to learn more about our custom prosthetics and orthotics. 

    Treatment Options for Scoliosis

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Natural curves in the spine are necessary, but severe or abnormal curvature can cause deformities and lead to more serious health complications. If left untreated, scoliosis can affect the lungs, heart, and pelvic area. In most cases, a back brace can be used to help realign the spine. Spinal fusion surgery may be needed in more severe cases. To learn more about scoliosis, including symptoms and treatment options, watch this short video clip.

    Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics can help if you suffer from scoliosis. We offer custom-fit and off-the-shelf orthotics, including braces for the back and spine. Visit our website to learn more about our products, or call us at (717) 259-9130 if you have any questions. We serve Harrisburg, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and the surrounding areas.

    Ability's Barrow in O&P Business News

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Ability’s Clay Barrow, Chief Information Officer and Certified Orthotist, was recently featured in an article by the O&P Business News on utilizing mobile devices safely in your O&P practice. 

    For more information or to view the article, visit our website today!

    An Overview of Compartment Syndrome

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Muscles in the arms and legs are separated from each other by thick layers of tissue, called fascia. Inside each later of fascia is a confined space, or compartment, that contains muscle tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. Swelling in a compartment will lead to increased pressure that can limit blood flow. Without treatment, this pressure can lead to permanent injury to the muscle and nerves within the compartment, requiring amputation and the use of prosthetics. Here is an overview of the causes, symptoms, and treatment of compartment syndrome.

    Causes

    Compartment swelling most often occurs from trauma such as a car accident or crush injury. Swelling can also be caused by fractures or soft tissues injuries. Chronic compartment syndrome can be caused by repetitive activities, such as running or cycling. Although compartment syndrome can occur almost anywhere within the arms and legs, it is most common in the lower leg and forearm.

    Symptoms

    As pressure builds, compartment syndrome causes severe pain that does not go away with pain medicine. In severe cases, people suffering from compartment syndrome will experience numbness and tingling, paleness of skin, decreased sensation, severe pain that gets worse, and muscle weakness. To confirm the diagnosis, a doctor may need to measure the pressure directly inside the affected compartment using a needle attached to a pressure meter.

    Treatment

    To prevent permanent damage and amputation, surgery is needed immediately upon diagnosing compartment syndrome. Surgeons will make long cuts through the muscle tissue to relieve the pressure. Skin grafts may be needed to close the wound, and custom orthotics may be recommended to help with physical tasks while the muscle tissue heals and strengthens.

    If you’ve suffered compartment syndrome, you may need prosthetics or orthotics to enhance your comfort and well-being. Since 2004, Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics has provided patients with custom and off-the-shelf prosthetic and orthotic devices. Whether you live in Harrisburg, VA or Philadelphia, PA, Ability can provide you with the artificial limb or brace you need. To learn more, contact us online or call us at (717) 259-9130.

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