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    Getting to Know the Features of the i-LIMB Pulse

    Last updated 4 months ago

    The i-LIMB Pulse is an advanced hand prosthesis that can grasp objects just like a normal hand would. It’s equipped with four different grip patterns to enable the user to move individual fingers. This exceptional dexterity allows for the gripping of small objects. The i-LIMB Pulse also features built-in pressure sensors on every finger. These allow the prosthesis to adapt the grasp of the object when gentler pressure is needed.

    You can learn more about the i-LIMB Pulse by watching this video. You’ll see an interview with a man who was born without his left hand. He explains how he learned to control the movements of the prosthesis and discusses its many features.

    Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics provides individual evaluations and fittings for prosthetic devices, including the i-LIMB Pulse. Individuals in the Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Washington, D.C. areas can schedule an appointment by calling (717) 337-2273.

    Celebrating 10 Years of Lifenhanced!

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    Answering Some Common Questions About Scoliosis

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal condition characterized by the abnormal curvature of the spine. If you have been diagnosed with scoliosis, you likely have a lot of questions about your condition. Your doctor can walk you through the basics of scoliosis, including your treatment options. For many people, spinal orthotics presents an attractive treatment option. Spinal orthotics are particularly ideal for adolescents who are still growing.

    What Are the Symptoms of Scoliosis?

    Since the symptoms of scoliosis are difficult to detect, most people are unaware that they have it until they undergo a physical exam. The typical signs and symptoms can include uneven shoulders and an uneven waist. You might notice that one shoulder blade is more prominent than the other or that one hip is higher.

    What Are the Causes of Scoliosis?

    There are different types of scoliosis caused by a range of conditions. If you are diagnosed with congenital scoliosis, it means that you had a bone abnormality at birth. Degenerative scoliosis is caused by physical trauma, such as from a collapsed vertebra. Neuromuscular scoliosis can be caused by spina bifida or cerebral palsy, which involves abnormal nerves and muscles.

    Which Diagnostic Tests Are Helpful?

    The doctor can perform a physical exam and review your medical history. He or she may perform a neurological exam to assess the possibility of numbness, muscle weakness, or abnormal reflexes. Imaging tests can also be helpful for diagnosing scoliosis, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, bone scans, and computerized tomography (CT) scans.

    Which Treatment Options Are Available?

    Doctors generally recommend spinal orthotics for adolescents with a spinal curve of less than 40 degrees. Spinal orthotics can stop the curvature from worsening. Those with a more severe curvature are often good candidates for surgery. During a scoliosis surgery, metallic implants and bone grafts are used to modify the curvature and prevent it from worsening.

    The certified practitioners of Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics provide innovative, customized orthotics solutions for individuals with scoliosis and other conditions. You can read more about our orthotics and custom prosthetics on our website or give us a call at (717) 337-2273. We provide individual fittings on our orthotics and prosthetics to individuals in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Washington, D.C., and the surrounding areas.

    Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics Celebrate Raleigh's Grand Opening!

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    Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics celebrate Raleigh's Grand Opening with the support of our patients!

    A Look at the Incredible Capabilities of the i-LIMB Ultra Hand

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Recent innovations in the field of prosthetic devices have given hope to countless amputees. The i-LIMB Ultra is an incredibly versatile prosthetic hand with significant visual appeal. It provides a unique alternative to previous generations of prosthetic devices, which were greatly limited in function and form. Talk to a prosthetic professional today to determine if the i-LIMB Ultra might be right for you.

    Full Rotation

    Unlike older prosthetic devices, the i-LIMB Ultra comes equipped with a fully rotatable wrist and thumb. This enables a variety of complex grips that were simply not possible before. Plus, after a certain period of inactivity, the i-LIMB Ultra automatically adjusts itself to a neutral position, so it’s always ready for the next task.

    Individual Finger Manipulation

    Many people have chosen the i-LIMB Ultra because it allows the individual to fully control each individual finger. Previous generations of prosthetic hands featured only a pincer grip, with flexed fingers that could only move in a single plane. The fingers of the i-LIMB Ultra bend at the joints, enabling the user to naturally grasp and manipulate objects. The hand also features a vari-grip mode, which allows for grip strength that can vary among the digits.

    Intuitive Movement

    The i-LIMB Ultra is a type of myoelectric prosthesis, which means that it works by using electrical sensors to detect slight movements in the muscles of the residual limb. The computer of the i-LIMB Ultra then uses those electrical signals to create intuitive movements. After a little practice manipulating the prosthetic hand, users can easily control the movements of the i-LIMB Ultra just as they would control the movements of a natural hand.

    Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics is pleased to offer the i-LIMB Ultra prosthetic hand. Our highly trained professionals will work collaboratively with you, your physician, and the rest of your care team to ensure your full satisfaction with your prosthetic device. Residents of the Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Washington, D.C. areas are invited to call us today at (717) 337-2273 for more information.

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