A subjective and objective prosthetic evaluation is performed each time a patient needs a new prosthesis or socket replacement. A thorough evaluation is an essential first step in choosing the most appropriate plan of prosthetics management to meet your needs and achieve your goals.
Before the physical evaluation begins, we ask important questions about your hobbies, vocation, daily activities, family life, associated health concerns and your living environment. A physical evaluation will be conducted consisting of limb shape and condition, general muscle strength & flexibility and gait mechanics. At the time of your evaluation, we will discuss your aspirations and goals and your time frame to accomplish them. We will talk about what barriers may impact your goals and a make a plan to mitigate those barriers.
The first step in making the prosthesis is obtaining an impression of the residual limb. The impressions of the residual limb will be captured by hand casting
with plaster. The model will then be modified to obtain appropriate weight bearing characteristics and shape required for a proper fit.
Multiple fittings are utilized to ensure that the socket and components will be optimized and allow you to meet your full potential in the rehab process.
The prosthesis will be completed with all definitive materials and components. Fit and alignment will be verified and necessary adjustments will be made. At this point we will refer you to a therapist for continued training. We will continue to monitor your progress through frequent follow-up care.
Follow up & Rehab
Our practitioners will assist you to coordinate your complete orthotics and prosthetics rehab experience. This includes follow-up, often in person at the rehab facility. Additionally, we will advise you on how to find the correct therapist to meet your needs. We will help you to find any referrals and supports you may need throughout the process to help you achieve your goals. We realize goals and aspirations may change or evolve as your confidence improves. In addition, your body and residual limb will continue to have changes. We will manage you through those changes, until it becomes necessary to replace sockets or components. At this point in time the prosthetics evaluation process repeats itself.