2012 Holiday Closings

Happy Holidays. We wanted to make our patients aware of our upcoming holiday closings. Please schedule your appointments accordingly.

We will be closed on the following dates for the 2012 holiday season:

Thursday November 22nd

Friday November 23rd

Friday December 14th ( closed from Noon – 4:30pm )

Monday December 24th and Tuesday December 25th

Monday December 31st and Tuesday January 1st, 2013

If you have any questions, an emergency or need to be seen before the 1st of the year please call our office at your earliest convience. Due to limited business hours during the month of December it will be more difficult than usual to schedule an appointment.

Happy Holidays to all of you in our O&P family.

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September 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

What a pain in the back

Suffering from back pain? You’re not alone, millions of Americans suffer through achy, sore and sometimes excruciating back pain. With a wide variety of treatments such as masage, ice, heat, bracing, PT etc. its hard to know what to do. The first step of course is to go visit your physician, as they will be able to diagnose the specific condition and correlating treatment plan that will work best for you.

Once you have seen your physician you may be staring at a very vague looking prescription, one that simply says you need a back brace. Well have no fear this is where O&P Design steps in. With a variety of off the shelf and custom options our staff will guide you through the process of finding relief and comfort. Most styles of back orthosis are discreet and low maintenance. They fit underneath your clothing and can be put through the wash on a gentle cycle. These brace designs address some of the more common conditions we see. The most popular design by far is the Aspen quick draw. This low profile brace is not only easily concealed but it is a snap to use. Personally I regularly wear an Aspen Quick draw and for quick and easy relief from an always aching back this brace does the trick and then some. Our most frequent comment from patients regarding the Aspen is “Ahhh that feels better”.

So if you are suffering from chronic back pain, you may want to give your physician a call to find out if you would benefit from an Aspen quick draw or another bracing option.

August 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

2011 Holiday Schedule

Hey everyone and Happy Holidays. We wanted to make our patients aware of our upcoming holiday closings. Please schedule your appointments accordingly.

We will be closed on the following dates:

Thursday November 24th

Friday November 25th

Monday December 26th

Tuesday December 27th

Thursday December 29th

Friday December 30th

We will also have limited business hours on Friday December 16th for our annual holiday party.

If you have any questions, an emergency or need to be seen before the 1st of the year please call our office at your earliest convience. Due to limited business hours during the month of December it will be more difficult than usual to schedule an appointment.

November 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment

Leaping tall buildings in a single bound

I’m sure everyone has at least heard of a certain movie featuring a certain bionic dolphin. But it’s not just Winter the dolphin or Midnite the mini horse with a prosthetic leg. Many of our human prosthetic patients are pretty cool too. From biking to playing soccer to snowboarding many patients have done things and do things no one predicted for them.

Perhaps you have heard of Sean Reyngoudt. This amazing amputee is a professional Kiteboarder (see picture below).

Ryan is a pretty extreme amputee, never giving up on his dreams and love of extreme sport. You can read his full story and visit his website at http://www.seanreyngoudt.com. Though Ryan is not one of our patients we know that many of you have pretty amazing stories of your own.

We’ve heard of some patients riding across country on Harleys. Other patients play forward on their soccer teams. And some patients we are so proud of for being able to pick up their grandkids again. But we want to hear your story. You can send it to us via the comments section of our blog or you can email me at wilson.amandak@gmail.com. Oh and please send photos, we LOVE pictures.

November 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

The UGLY truth

We hear it time and time again: this brace is ugly. Yep, we know. Ugly might as well be a synonym for brace. It wasn’t cute when you were thirteen and you wore braces in your mouth and the braces you wear on your limbs are no more fashion accessable. These devices aren’t designed to be worn on red carpets, they are designed to help you walk. Some are designed to prevent amputation. Others are designed to deter serious complications. Yes they are ugly but they sure do come in handy.

However we are not deaf to the resounding complaints of “this thing is hideous”. We hear you and we want to do everything we can to make you feel pleased with the appearance of your device. So of course we want to make you aware of some of the aesthetic options we offer. For instance did you know our slim fit carbon bracing can be painted? Yep, we can paint it a flesh hue or you can request a color. Many of our patients have learned that our plastic bracing can be outfitted with transfer paper patterns. All you have to do is flip through our catalog of patterns and point to the one you want. We have patterns ranging from Camo to Winnie the Pooh. Even the dreaded diabetic shoes are going fashion forward. In 2009 we started carrying the Dr. Comfort line of footwear. These are not your grand dad’s diabetic shoes, there are styles from sneaker to Mary Jane to climbing boots. When you are wearing a brace you shouldn’t be forced to look like a fashion victim, we want you to feel great and look great too. Next time you are at our office ask your practitioner about some of the aesthetic options available for your device.

That being said, sometimes braces just have to look like something out of Forest Gump

In the event that there are not options available to beautify your brace take solace in this quote by Henri Matisse “There are flowers everywhere, for those who bother to look”. In other words try to find the beauty in your brace. For instance, without it perhaps you can’t walk or you’re in pain. And rest assured that we are in a constant battle to make the ugly something of beauty. Be patient with us while we work to perfect the quality and cuteness of your device.

May 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment

What did you say?

Every industry has their own vocabulary and the Prosthetic community is no exception. A lot of times the prosthetic vocabulary is confusing for our patients. We have heard every interpretation of this vernacular. When we aren’t speaking the same language, it is pretty hard to communicate with one another. It becomes difficult to describe where you may be having problems or what you might need to fix a problem you have identified. Have no fear, we are here for you. Below you will find some of the more common terms used to describe the parts of an average prosthetic. Consider it your personal glossary to the Prosthetic industry.

Socket: Is the hollow shell that the residual limb fits into. Some people call this a bucket.

Check Socket: Is a socket but instead of being solid colored it is transparent and made of plastic, we use         this to determine the fit of your socket. Many patients wear these for several months.

Pylon: Is the aluminum tube that connects the socket or the knee to the foot of your prosthesis. Commonly patients refer to this as the pole.

Foam Cover: Is the foam construction that is placed over the limb to give the leg a more realistic look. Sometimes patients simply call it a cover, which is a bit confusing because there are so many types of covers.

Sheath: Looks a lot like panty hose and is another type of cover typically placed over the foam cover.

Liner: Is a device placed over the residual limb that attaches the socket to you. We hear a wide range of terms referring to this device and liners come in a wide range of styles. They are always made of cloth, silicone or plastic. They are easy to identify because they are the connector between yourself and the prosthesis.

Socks: Are cloth socks that cover the residual limb. They come in several ply (thickness) options.

Shrinker: Is another cloth device that typically is worn post surgery or if you are having issues with swelling. It is not part of the prosthetic device but a compression garment that reduces edema.

Removable Rigid Dressing:  If you are a new amputee you are very familiar with this term. This is the device used directly after amputation. It is usually white and black and made of plastic. It is a protective device similar to a cast.

We hope that this glossary of terms will be of great assistance to you. Try out your new vocabulary next time you are in, we are sure your prosthetist will be impressed.

May 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm Leave a comment

Under Pressure

When wearing an orthotic it is vital to vigilantly inspect you skin and the brace for areas of concern. Doing so ensures proper fit and wards against serious skin break down issues.  This is especially important if you suffer from Diabetes or Neuropathy, which can cause loss of sensation and lead to sores you are not aware of. We suggest a daily inspection of your skin when removing your brace. Check the skin for any red mark or depression that persists for longer than a few moments. It is normal to notice an outline of the brace similar to when you remove a sock and see a faint indentation. However if after removing the brace you notice an inflamed area or an indentation that is persistent this should be noted as an area of concern.  Similarly if you notice any blisters, rub marks or small cuts these should be noted as an area of great concern. It is not uncommon for a brace to fit differently over time, weight gain or spasticity can lead to poor fit. We encourage our patients to check themselves daily to determine if the brace is fitting well.  The earlier a problem area is identified the easier it is to correct the problem. If you are still unsure of what to look for or if you are having a fitting issue please contact our office for an appointment so that a practitioner can guide you in the process.

April 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

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