Posts From July, 2009


Intimacy as an Amputee 

Monday, July 20, 2009 12:08:22 PM
  Written by - Jennifer Latham Robinson Intimacy in romantic relationships and can be a struggle for anyone, whether or not that person is an amputee. But being an amputee can throw some additional issues into the mix. We asked some... read more

After the Shriners 

Monday, July 20, 2009 12:04:12 PM
Transitioning from the Shriners Hospital: An Amputee's Perspective I was born with a birth defect of the lower limbs and as a toddler I underwent amputation, so that I could wear an above knee prosthesis. I still have that first prosthesis,... read more

Pregnancy & Parenting 

Monday, July 20, 2009 11:58:44 AM
As a very young child, I tried desperately to avoid feeling self conscious about my limb deficiency, and for the most part that kind of perseverance has paid off. Feeling comfortable in my own skin comes natural to me. But now as a mother and an... read more

What are Orthotics? 

Monday, July 20, 2009 11:51:25 AM
Orthotics are orthopedic devices that are used to treat a variety of biomechanical foot disorders. Whenever a person's foot is not functioning as designed, the weight of the body is not properly transferred and distributed. As a result, pain and... read more

Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis 

Monday, July 20, 2009 11:38:53 AM
Several therapies for multiple sclerosis (MS) exist, although there is no known cure. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory demyelinating disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS).   The most common initial... read more

Treating Shoulder Injuries 

Monday, July 20, 2009 11:30:10 AM
The treatments for shoulder injuries vary according to the severity. One type of injury is shoulder instability which occurs when the ball (humeral head) slips out of the socket. This can happen from a sudden injury or can be caused by overuse of ... read more

The Role of an Orthotist 

Monday, July 20, 2009 11:23:20 AM
An orthotist is a person who measures, designs, fabricates, fits, or services orthoses, and/or assists in the formulation of orthoses. An orthosis is a device that is intended to be fitted to a person to correct a disability, or to support the... read more

Ten Things To Reduce Your Risk For Stroke 

Monday, July 20, 2009 10:56:28 AM
The National Stoke Association has put together ten guidelines to increase the public awareness and provide education and self-help to reduce the risk for a transient ischemic attack (TIA) which is temporary blood flow interruption or a... read more

Stress Management 

Monday, July 20, 2009 9:13:39 AM
Stress management encompasses techniques intended to equip a person with effective coping mechanisms for dealing with psychological stress, with stress defined as a person's physiological response to an internal or external stimulus that triggers... read more

Sports Nutrition 

Monday, July 20, 2009 8:40:55 AM
Sports nutrition is applied in most sports training, however it is most dominant in strength sports (for example weight lifting and bodybuilding) and endurance sports (for example cycling, running, triathlon).   Nutrition ... read more

Residual Limb Skin Irritation 

Monday, July 20, 2009 8:24:10 AM
“When I first met my prosthetist, I was afraid to call with questions or concerns and I tended to wait until a small problem turned into a big one.  I guess it was later when I realized that the relationship I have with my... read more

Prosthetic Sock Ply Management 

Monday, July 20, 2009 8:12:53 AM
Prosthetic socks are used to account for volume changes in the residual limb.  Prosthetic socks are measured by the width at the top and bottom of the sock, as well as the overall length.  Socks also come in a variety of thickness, or ... read more

Physical Exercise 

Monday, July 20, 2009 7:54:29 AM
Exercise is the performance of movements in order to develop or maintain physical fitness and overall health. It is often directed toward also honing athletic ability or skill. Frequent and regular physical exercise is an important component in... read more


Monday, July 20, 2009 7:46:57 AM
Nutrition is a science that examines the relationship between diet and health. Dietitians are health professionals who specialize in this area of study, and are trained to provide safe, evidence-based dietary advice and interventions. ... read more

Maintaining Healthy Body Weight 

Monday, July 20, 2009 7:43:20 AM
“No-no to yo-yo dieting”. Even slight weight gain or weight loss can adversely affect the fit of a prosthetic socket.  The... read more

Life Extension 

Monday, July 20, 2009 7:27:42 AM
Life extension refers to an increase in maximum or average lifespan, especially in humans, by slowing down or reversing the processes of aging. Average lifespan is determined by vulnerability to accidents and age-related afflictions such as ... read more

Ischial Containment Socket in Post-Polio Bracing 

Monday, July 20, 2009 7:25:28 AM
Infantile Poliomyelitis is a viral infection that affects the anterior horn cells of the spinal cord resulting in flaccid paralysis, but leaving the sensory system intact.  It affects primarily the lower limbs.  The two features,... read more


Monday, July 20, 2009 6:43:39 AM
Hygiene refers to practices associated with ensuring good health and cleanliness. The scientific term "hygiene" refers to the maintenance of health and healthy living. The term appears in phrases such as personal hygiene, domestic hygiene, dental... read more

Healthcare in the USA 

Monday, July 20, 2009 6:30:16 AM
Health care in the United States is provided by many separate legal entities. The U.S. spends more on health care, both as a proportion of gross domestic product (GDP) and on a per-capita basis, than any other nation in the world. Current... read more


Monday, July 20, 2009 6:24:28 AM
In 1948, in its constitution, the World Health Organization (WHO) defined health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". The statement has been modified to include the... read more

Foot Ulcers in Diabetics: Causes and Treatments 

Monday, July 20, 2009 5:51:03 AM
We''ve all heard of the "Top 10," but here are the most important "Top 10" that you will ever read: 1. Alcoholism 2. Buerger''s Disease 3. Cancer 4. ... read more

Florida Adaptive Golf 

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 8:39:09 AM
 Florida Adaptive Golf was formulated approximately 10 years ago. PGA professional David Windsor is now the Executive Director. Programs are offered for adults, children, and American Veterans with disabilities. These programs are constructed... read more

Disabled Sports 

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 6:38:03 AM
Disabled sports are sports played by persons with a disability, including physical and intellectual disabilities. As many of these based on existing sports modified to meet the needs of persons with a disability, they are sometimes referred to as... read more

Diabetic Foot Care: Ten Tips 

Monday, July 13, 2009 12:17:39 PM
It is estimated that over 18 million Americans have diabetes. About 10 million diabetics are between the age of 20 to 60. Most individuals in this age group have type 2 diabetes. With type 2 diabetes the body produces insulin, but it does not... read more

Diabetic Foot Care 

Monday, July 13, 2009 12:16:13 PM
Foot care involves taking special steps to avoid foot problems such as sores, cuts, bunions and calluses. Good care includes daily examination of the feet, toes, and toenails and choosing shoes and socks or stockings that fit well. People with... read more

Diabetic Diet 

Monday, July 13, 2009 12:08:59 PM
The diet recommended for people who suffer from diabetes mellitus is one that is high in dietary fiber, especially soluble fiber, but low in fat (especially saturated fat). Patients may be encouraged to reduce their intake of carbohydrates that... read more

Complications of Diabetes in the USA 

Monday, July 13, 2009 12:01:07 PM
This data was derived from various surveys of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES III and NHANES 1999-2000), the National... read more

Cleaning the Prosthesis 

Monday, July 13, 2009 11:36:16 AM
Any material worn against human skin should be cleaned on a regular basis.  Prosthetic liners, socks and prosthetic sockets pick up bacteria and dead skin cells, which can irritate the residual limb.  Self-maintenance is crucial for any... read more

Amputees & Obesity 

Monday, July 13, 2009 11:16:58 AM
Obesity affects amputees in unique ways:   ·          Extra stress on joints   An amputee puts increase stress on the joint(s) nearest to the amputation level.  For a below knee... read more

Amputees & Falling 

Monday, July 13, 2009 10:58:29 AM
A Brief Discussion of Falls Among Persons with Amputation of the Lower Extremity.   M. Jason Highsmith, PT, DPT, CP, FAAOP   It is well documented that persons with lower extremity amputation fall.  If you have a lower... read more

Amputation: Now what? 

Monday, July 13, 2009 10:20:03 AM
I just had an amputation… now what?   Well, initially, frustration!   I have treated many new amputees that describe feelings of pure frustration, helplessness, fear of the unknown, lack of confidence, embarrassment, and shame.  ... read more

Advances in Prosthetic Devices 

Monday, July 13, 2009 8:56:54 AM
Strong but lightweight materials and advances in technology have translated into more comfort and higher function for amputees.   In the past artificial limbs were made of wood and existed without moving joints, so ... read more
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