ProstheticsPersonal injury may result in the loss of limbs or extremities, depending on the severity of the accident. One option in this trying situation is  to use prosthesis to replace the lost part. This desire to get a prosthetic limb is a crucial part of the patient’s rehabilitation process. When a patient is open to using prosthesis, he is on his way to recovery. The patient is ready for the adjustments to a new way of doing things. The usability of this part is important because the patient can have the opportunity to be independent and has the means to do his activities without depending so much on a love one.

Finding a suitable prosthesis is not an easy decision or task. Skin problems are one of the most common conditions affecting lower-limb prosthetic users today due to some problems and complications associated with the use of prosthetics. Skin problems are experienced by approximately 75 percent of amputees using lower-limb prosthesis. In fact, amputees experience nearly 65 percent more dermatological complaints than the general population. The problems resulted from the friction of the material on the stump. There is also the inability of the prosthesis to allow air circulation and the release of sweat making the skin that is in contact with the prosthesis easily irritated. Rashes, blisters and ingrown hairs were reported as the most common skin problems.

Aside from the skin problems that results from prosthesis use, there are also important issues and concerns. Issues that were identified by 114 users of lower limb prosthesis were discussed specifically in this article. The issues identified are in consideration to the socket with the residual limb( mechanical functions of the prosthesis) other nonmechanical qualities and advice about adaptation to life with prosthesis and support from others. Patients are advised to go for a regular check-up and to voice their discomforts to caregivers and doctors regarding the use of prosthesis in order to avoid unnecessary pain and sufferings. The patient might bear the discomfort in silence because of fear of appearing critical or uncooperative. Therefore family members must be sensitive to the need of an amputee and try to encourage the patient to be honest with feelings and needs.

In terms of proper fit, it was disclosed that there was a difficulty in maintaining socket fit because of a change in body weight or temporary swelling of the residual limb. This is typically experienced by women during their menstrual period. Prosthesis users wish that the device can accommodate small changes in residual limb size. Moreover, certain activities, such as getting in and out of a car or out of a chair, were cited as a threat to the integrity of the prosthesis suspension.

Aside from the acceptance and willingness of a patient for prosthesis use, another factor of equal importance is the attitude of the amputee towards learning how to use the prosthesis properly. It is important that family members show support and give encouragement during this crucial time. No matter how simple or complicated high tech the prosthesis might be, there is no replacement for acceptance, patience, perseverance and understanding.

People who need prosthesis after a personal injury do experience the benefits of a wider choice of prosthetics to choose from these days. With the aim of making accident victims’ lives more comfortable, some of these prosthetics mimic closely the original body part in terms of function and flexibility .Off course, it is necessary to choose carefully the prosthetics that you or your love one will purchase in order to get the maximum benefit from the prosthetic.

In Utah, there are shops and business that cater to this particular need. Here are some of these shops:

Ability Prosthetic Systems

The business is located at 750 East 100 South Salt Lake City, Utah. They provide their patients with appropriate and comfortable prosthetics using advanced technology and high quality materials.  Additionally Ability has a family friendly environment. They have their own fabrication laboratory to provide clients with exceptional service and craftsmanship tailored to patients’ unique needs. They boast of highly dedicated and experienced prosthetic team with over 50 years of experience in their specialty.

DaCo Precision Manufacturers

Daco serves West Valley City and Salt Lake City (Metro). Their skill with 3D contour machining in medical grade Titanium and other medical grade materials, qualifies DaCo as a prime supplier of high quality implants and other medical components.

Fit-Well Prosthetic & Orthotic Center

This business is located in Ogden, Utah. Fit-Well is a full service Prosthetic, Orthotic, DME and soft good provider with three offices along the Wasatch Front. They provide on-site fabrication of custom devices allowing prompt service and time. Fit-Well prides itself on an employee certified staff in both Prosthetics and Orthotics, allowing for the provision of the following services: upper and lower extremity prosthetics, myoelectric prosthetics, endolite prosthetics, C-Leg prosthetics, harmony prosthetics, pediatric prosthetics, ultralight prosthetics, sport prosthetics, upper and lower extremity orthotics, scoliosis bracing, P.A.P. orthosis cranial remolding, orthotics, pediatric orthotics, sport orthotics and spinal orthotics.

Jenco Prosthetics And Orthotics

This business is located in northern Utah and specialises in artificial limb and orthopedic appliance and brace. Jenco has over 18 years in terms of experience in serving Utah with locations in Salt Lake and Logan. Their products are made by the latest carbon composite fabrication technology. They boast of well-trained technicians who ensures the prosthetics are designed specifically for the user to fit perfectly and comfortable. Jenco’s goal is to make sure every patient leaves in better shape than when they came in. They specialize in diabetic prosthetics, running prosthetics, walking prosthetics, hand prosthetics and arm prosthetics.

Northwest Orthotics & Prosthetics

Northwest Orthotics & Prosthetics’ mission is to give their patients the tools, information, and resources necessary to allow them to achieve their goals. Northwest provides healthcare, advocacy, and educational services so patients can live life without limitations.

Northwest Orthotics & Prosthetics provides healthcare through designing and fitting customized prostheses for patients of all ages and functional levels. In addition, they coordinate the patient’s rehabilitation with physician and other members of the rehabilitation team. Northwest’s prosthetists claimed to have a combined experience of over 20 years.

Northwest Orthotics & Prosthetics is recognized across the state of Utah as a leader in the fitting and teaching of use of all types of prosthetic and orthotic devices to make their patients lives easier and more fulfilling

They boast of extensive knowledge of prosthetics and health insurance for prosthetics to help a patient to obtain the best possible prosthesis.

Shields Orthotic & Prosthetic Services

Shields started way back in 1965 with the goal of providing the highest quality orthotic and prosthetic care in the Greater Salt Lake Area. They have a newly constructed Salt Lake City facility which is fully accredited by American Board for Certification (ABC). This facility was custom built specifically to serve the individual needs of their patients. They are conveniently located in a low traffic area just 3 minutes from I-215, which ties into all major freeway systems in the Greater Salt Lake Area. They also have an ABC accredited satellite office in Ogden. In house fabrication gives Shields the capability to design and fabricate a solution best suited to each patient’s needs, while allowing complete quality control. Their house fabrication also improves delivery times while minimizing visits to the facility.

Peak Prosthetic Designs Inc

Peak Prosthetic claims to be dedicated in providing the inspiration, knowledge and clinical experience that will enable the people who enter their facility to leave with the tools necessary to lead the most productive, fulfilling, and independent life.

Peak has opened a new patient care facility that offers innovative prosthetic solutions for those desiring more than the “old traditional approach.” Years of research and development have created new designs, technologies and materials which were implement in every one of their sockets. With these new developments, Peak was  able to build lightweight, flexible and comfortable sockets designed especially for each patient. They continually focus on improving the prosthetic design, and thus, improving the lives of their patients. At Peak Prosthetic Designs,  technology and innovation are merged to create superior products.

Petersen Medical

Petersen Medical specializes in home health care equipment, diagnostic equipment, medical furniture, hospital equipment, prosthetics, wheelchairs and mastectomy products.

Wasatch Orthotics & Prosthetics

The business is located at Murray, Utah.  Wasatch Orthotics and Prosthetics specializes in custom fabrication and fitting of orthopedic appliances. Customer care is made possible with willing and well-adjusted staff whose priority is to make the clients feel better and fulfilled. They constantly innovate to give the very best and up to date products. Their service is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week that makes emergency needs easier to accommodate.

Christensen & Hymas encourages those wishing to avail of prosthetic devices to study very well the different prosthetics available in the market. Seek professional advice and if given the opportunity, try to speak with people who have successfully used prosthetics in order to get a good idea on what to expect and how to deal properly with the prosthetics.

Christensen & Hymas reminds all motorists to drive safely and uphold all traffic rules. Do not use excessive speed or just be plain careless. The accident can make you lose a limb and it will be a long way to recovery and adjustments. Call us at (801)-506-0800 if you are suffering injuries now because someone was reckless and negligent. We offer free initial consultation to help you process properly compensation claims.

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Ken Christensen
Partner, Founder at Christensen & Hymas
Ken Christensen is the founding partner of Christensen & Hymas. He is an avid cyclist, loves baseball, and enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors.

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