1: Prosthetic Development for Adults
There is a wealth of information on the Internet regarding prosthetics for individuals with amputations. In fact, conducting a general Google search using the search term “prosthesis” will return over 5,970,000 hits. The following websites are just a sample of the sites that you can find on the Internet.
- Visit: The Hanger Orthopedic Group at: http://www.hanger.com/
This site will provide you with information related to prosthetic technology. The site provides a resource list of books and other publications as well as a list of prosthetic manufacturers. The site also gives individuals with amputations valuable educational information on the patient experience.
- Visit: The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association at: http://www.aopanet.org/
The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association’s website is a useful resource for professionals including life care planners. The site contains information regarding billing and coding.
The following are additional resources that you may find useful.
- Dermatos- Prostheses:
- Northwestern University- Prosthetics Research Laboratory and Rehabilitation Engineering Research Program
- Ossur Academy:
- Otto Bock Healthcare: A Global Leader in Healthcare Products-
- Ohio Willow Wood:
- Silipos: The Gel Technology Leader:
- Wheeless’ Textbook of Orthopaedics
2: Prosthetic Development for Children
Much like for adults, there have been many advances in prosthetic development for children. There is a wealth of resources on the Internet for children who are in need of prostheses. For example, doing a Google search “prosthesis children” will return 1,040,000 hits. The following is a short list of resources that may be useful to you in your life care planning practice.
- Visit: The Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics at: http://www.acpoc.org/
By visiting this site, you will be able to search for clinics in your local area, access newsletters and journals, and view a list of useful links. You may wish to bookmark this site for future reference.
- Visit: Next Step at: http://www.nextstepoandp.com/pediatrics.html
Next Step fits individuals of all ages with prosthetic devices. At their facility, they use team-focused evaluations and peer-to-peer support to make the fitting process more comfortable for the child with the amputation. The specialized facility also has a children’s play area and treatment room.
- Visit: P.E.E.P.- Prosthetic Education Project for Parents:
Electronic Hand, Bionic Arm, Artificial Limbs, Traumatic Amputation
This site helps parents understand the clinical steps and procedures necessary to fit a child with a myoelectric arm prosthesis and the best way to use insurance or find funding.
3: Read the following articles
- Notes From the Medical Director: “Congenital Limb Deficiencies and Acquired Amputations in Childhood, Part 3: Prosthetic Issues for Children”: http://www.amputee-coalition.org/inmotion/may_jun_06/congenital_part3.html
- Read the following Article from The O & P Edge: “Children’s Prosthetic Systems”: http://www.oandp.com/articles/2003-02_17.asp
4: Advances in Prosthetic Development
Visit the following 4 websites to complete this web field trip.
- Liberating Technologies, Inc.:
Liberating Technologies, Inc. manufactures and distributes state-of-the-art prostheses, including the Boston Arm System. They specialize in upper-limb components and are leaders in powered prosthetic devices and accessories for children and adults.
- Motion Control, Inc.:
Motion Control, Inc. is a manufacturer of myoelectric and powered prosthetic arm systems including the Utah Arm. You can find out more information about the Utah Arm 3 by clicking on the “Product Information” link.
- The Bionic Man:
This article describes Jesse Sullivan’s experience with wearing a bilateral upper extremity myoelectric prosthesis. From this site, you can view a video of Jesse using his prosthesis and view photos of him and the Boston Arm.
- The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics:
The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics focuses on healthcare legislation to ensure that individuals who need care come first. This site may be useful in your practice to help keep you abreast of the current issues in reimbursement for orthotics and prosthetics.
Additional Canadian Resources
5: Canadian Association for Prosthetics and Orthotics (CAPO)
The Canadian Association for Prosthetics and Orthotics (CAPO) is a non-profit, volunteer organization representing more than 350 professionals across Canada in the fields of prosthetics and orthotics. When you go this site, click on the tab for “Insurance Firms and Government” and you can then find a Certified Canadian Prosthetics and Orthotics practitioner in your area. If you click on the tab for “Medical Professionals”, you can then access the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics (JPO) and the online library and education links. The one caveat is that you will not be able to access the latest journal articles without being a member, but you will still have access to a wealth of information in the library. http://www.pando.ca/