July 31, 2017

Back at the clinic today after a beautiful weekend appreciating this country and its people!  Today our three runners finalized their test sockets. What are test sockets?  Prosthetists use a thick, clear plastic to form the first socket for the prosthesis because it is...

July 28, 2017

Agility day!  This morning we were granted access to an AMAZING track facility to practice the agility necessary to increase trust in a prosthetic  limb.  The patients completed some of the drills from the CHAMP test. The CHAMP is a functional outcomes measure designed...

July 27, 2017


Today the Ukrainians led the exercises and ... I didn't die! 😜 I may have a different story to tell when the muscle soreness sets in tomorrow, but for now I'm feeling great! We started the morning with a work out in the park while the prosthetics team worked furiousl...

Day three at the clinic! We found a old time "weight loss" machine. Anyone remember pictures with rows of women standing on vibrating boards to lose weight in the 60s?  I have always wanted to see one!!!  It was everything I thought it would be. I think I lost 10 pound...

Day two in the books!  The day opened with some amazing lectures on advanced prosthetic rehab. Jon Batzdorff, team leader and prosthetist, put together quite a team!  Chris Fantini, prosthetist from the VA, started the lectures with reports of prosthetic technology adv...

Day one complete! We had the chance to tour the beautiful facility.  Pictures to follow this week.  We then met the local prosthetists and physical therapists followed by the patients we will be treating during the trip.  All of these individuals are amazing!  The ther...

 We have arrived! Most of the team met in Kiev, the capital of Ukriane, before flying to meet the rest of the team in Dnipropetrovsk.  We enjoyed a late dinner last night and have appreciated the chance to relax today to recover from the flight, team build, and prepare...

Evolve is headed to Ukraine!

Almost one year ago, I was contacted by a friend about his previous mission trip to Ukraine to fabricate prosthetic limbs for individuals living there.  He was preparing for another trip and was hoping that I could attend as the focus of the...

Water and Prosthetics

It is summertime, so bring on the water activities!  Participating in aquatics with limb loss can be difficult, but it does not have to be!  Here are some quality tips to enjoy your H20 fun this season!

“Shower leg”

Some individuals are able to...

Neuromas

The nerves that are cut during an amputation will “roll up” at the end.  Surgeons put the nerve under tension before cutting it with the hope that the nerve will “roll up” into the muscle belly, essentially being protected by the body’s own tissue.  Sometimes,...

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