Happy Summer!  In case you have not noticed, the blog had a little break in action because we were preparing to visit Tucson, Arizona for the Amputee Coalition!  It was a fabulous weekend to learn and share information!  We had the opportunity to present a lecture conc...

      As we continue to discuss joint contractures in the limb loss population, it is imperative to examine the importance of joint mobilizations.  Each joint in the body is protected by a capsule that may resemble a plastic bag wrapping the bone and can tighten around...

Splinting is yet another technique in the proverbial tool box that medical providers can use to decrease the rink of joint contractors in the limb loss population.  

Occupational therapists are extensively trained to create and design customized splints for all joi...

Current literature concerning stretching techniques suggests that prolongued mild stretches have better results than intense quick stretches when discussing improved joint mobility. This suggests that our limited clinic time should not focus on improved range of motion...

May 9, 2018

Wheelchairs offer a renewed sense of modified independence post amputation of a limb. An individual with limb loss may once have been confined to a bed post- operatively, and can now navigate the community using a wheelchair!  This becomes a problem if the wheelchair i...

No, that is not a typo. “Tummy time” may frequently be used to define the importance of the prone position for babies, but it’s also important for people of all ages, especially individuals with limb loss!  The new buzz quote “sitting is the new smoking” is important o...

Serial casting is a non invasive technique that has the potential to reduce muscle tightness and increase joint range of motion.  Individuals with limb loss are at a higher risk of developing joint contractures as they heal secondary to prolonged positioning and surgic...

When joints are limited in available range of motion secondary to shortened muscle tissue, tightened capsules, and/or increase tone, it is termed a "joint contracture."   These contractures have the potential to occur as one heals from a limb loss procedure.  The decre...

Are you looking for a way to stream line your prosthetic travel kit while maintaining that boy scout motto, "Always be prepared?"  Enter the alcohol spray pen.  Multiple types of prosthetic limbs require rubbing alcohol to be sprayed inside of the socked to assist with...

Running with a prosthesis is no easy feat/feet! :-)

Running short distances on a track will allow the runner to utilize areas near or around the facility to store necessary running supplies, but running greater distances in the community can prove to be a problem.  In t...

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