ACA Trains Prosthetic Orthotic Solutions International Patients to Support Recent Amputees Through the Recovery Process
MARLTON, NJ, November 02, 2017 — The Amputee Coalition of America recently trained eight patients from Prosthetic Orthotic Solutions International (POSI), a well-respected prosthetic practice. These patients became certified peer mentors and were equipped with the tools and knowledge to help recent and struggling amputees through the grieving and limb loss recovery process.
The Amputee Coalition’s Certified Peer Visitor (CPV) Program taught amputee mentors listening skills, the preparation required for a peer visit, and the importance of trust in the peer-mentor relationship. Most importantly however, they were taught how to utilize the wealth of information and experience they have accumulated from years of living with limb loss to help patients cope and adjust.
“When I lost my leg, no peer mentor was available to me. I know how valuable that experience would have been. I look forward to helping others get through a tough time in their lives.” Ryan G, Peer Mentor
The program, with over 1000 CPVs to date, is a national project to train amputee peer mentors, which then offer new and existing amputee patients across the country an outlet for encouragement and advice.
Amputees seeking help from a certified peer visitor can call the Amputee Coalition or fill-out the peer visit request form on their website to be matched with an experienced, well-trained amputee who can provide support and guidance. Peer visits take place every day across the country, whether in person, on the phone, or through email.
According to the Amputee Coalition, no one is better suited to understand and alleviate the problems and daily difficulties of living with limb loss or limb difference than those who are living through it.
On top of this, individuals living with limb loss can find comfort speaking to others who have experienced the same obstacles but are now living normal, functioning, and happy lives.
“The training and information that was presented would be invaluable for any qualified amputee that wants to become a peer mentor. Ultimately, new amputees will benefit from having well trained Certified Peer Visitors assisting in their adaptation to living with limb loss.” Andrea V, Physical Therapist
The Amputee Coalition of America has over 300 amputee support groups across the nation and the new partnership with POSI will help support those living with limb loss in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware area.
Prosthetic Orthotic Solutions International (POSI) was founded in June 2000 with a philosophy of patient oriented care. POSI’s approach is focused on spending the necessary time with each patient to lead to better results and outcomes. POSI is one of the most respected out-come based prosthetic practices in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware area.
When 14-year-old Jade DiSanti suffered an injury on the soccer field, she did not expect to lose a limb. However, complications from surgery lead to the amputation of her leg. With the help of POSI and a prosthetic leg, she has been able to return to the field. She is currently training with hopes of making the soccer, lacrosse, and softball teams next year.
Check out Jade’s April 14, 2015 interview with ABC 6 Action News.
New 3D Printing Technology opens doors for amputees and patients with congenital defects.
News and media outlets are all a buzz these days sharing the positive personal stories of individuals with affected limbs that are benefiting from 3D printed hand designs. A new generation of prosthetic hand and arm designs are being provided through open source file sharing and distributed through creative social communities such as E-Nable.
E-Nable volunteers created a prosthetic hand for about $50 using 3D printed parts and largely available hardware. Their goal is to help provide children and adults with low-cost prosthetic and orthotic options previously not available.
What is 3D printing?
3D printing, or “additive manufacturing”, has been around since the 1980s. This technology uses multiple layers of various materials to create a three-dimensional product from a 3D digital file. With commercial printer patents expiring, there is now an increase of relatively economical home printers for personal use and design. For those that need access to printers unavailable to them, there are large web-based printer communities that can print objects or designs and ship them directly to the individual. This approach is currently helping to keep printing costs low because it shares the equipment and material costs among a large group and typically uses a variety of plastics.
The current popular partial-hand designs are for children and young adults with a congenital condition or amputation that results in a partial hand. The fingers are “powered” through the flexing of the wrist and use strings that act as muscles to close the fingers around the desired object. The color choices can be mild to wild depending on the image, imagination or the super hero that the person wants to portray.
While the overall strength of the fingers are limited, the imagination of the young wearer is released in a very powerful way with a new image to their peers and a spark of creativity that can provide a creative outlet for future designs and refinement.
The 3D printing is not limited to just upper extremity either.
Products now include custom printed prosthetic sockets, custom designed socket covers, and sculpted leg fairing covers by UNYQ. While the prosthetic covers have been available for a little while now, the prosthetic sockets designs are still in their infancy. Impact durability appears to be good for the sockets thus far; long-term use and wear issues are still being examined for long-term durability.
3D printing prosthetics is a rapidly emerging technology that will continue to evolve in designs, but even more so in material choices that will allow accelerated prosthetic integration.
With this new influx of designers dabbling in the prosthetic world with new materials, the world’s image of prosthetics is about to enter a new chapter of bio-engineering, sculpting, and image thanks to 3D printing technology.
POSI is eager to embrace the appropriate technologies that can improve the lives of our patients. Not all options are appropriate for everybody as there are usually limitations, but we are open to an honest discussion of how to best restore lost function and desired lifestyle.
POSI Upper Extremity Specialist,
Horsham, PA: 215-328-9111
Marlton, NJ: 856-810-7900
POSI would like to congratulate amputee athlete Brandon Holiday on his success in the 2014 UCO Endeavor games.
Brandon successfully paddled his kayak into three gold medals, an incredible accomplishment for any athlete, but even more incredible for an amputee athlete. A former police officer, Brandon was injured in the line of duty, exacerbating a Lupus related autoimmune disease that caused severe blood clots. In 2006, Brandon’s left leg was amputated. He was wheelchair bound, wondering if he could ever even walk again, let alone play sports. Now Brandon is well on his way to earning a position and joining fellow amputee athletes in the 2016 US Paralympic team in sprint kayaking.
UCO Endeavor Games
Prosthetic Tune Up
During Brandon’s recent visit to POSI along with his service dog Dyson, Brandon’s prosthesis got a tune up. Below is what Brandon had to share about his experience.
When I first lost my leg, I went to a prosthetic company but after 12 attempts to get the socket to fit my leg, with two weeks between each fitting, and being wheelchair bound during that time, I gave up and came to POSI. It was here that I got the quality of care that I needed to get my mobility back.” – Holiday
Northeast Chapter of Athletes with Disabilities Network (ADN)
Brandon is now the Program Director for the Northeast Chapter of Athletes with Disabilities Network (ADN), a United States Canoe Kayak Club and non-profit organization that promotes a better quality of life for veterans and people with physical disabilities. Through ADN, Brandon mentors other disabled, amputee athletes and helps to train them in rowing, paracanoeing and adaptive sports programs.
None of this would have been possible without the attention to detail and quality of care provided to me by the team at POSI.” – Holiday
Aputee Athlete Interview
Check out his interview on ABC 6 Action News.
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