youth-prosthetic-camp-patientThe Amputee Coalition's Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp is Accepting Applications

The Amputee Coalition is accepting applications for its 2017 Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp and Leadership Camp, to be held July 7-12 at Camp Joy, Clarksville, Ohio. The camp is open to children ten to 17 years old who are living with limb loss. The application deadline is March 31.

All campers' expenses, including travel, are paid through the Amputee Coalition's fundraising efforts. The camp offers activities where campers are challenged to increase independence, test themselves, and build new friendships in a supportive, caring environment.

Applications for campers and counselors can be found on the  Amputee Coalition's website.

Study: Prosthetic Function Has More Impact on Gait Than Patient Factors

ABILITY-Prosthetics-Gait-amputeeBefore finalizing the prescription of new lower-limb prosthetic device, a clinician often has the patient try the device while he or she is at the clinic. Observed differences in gait when using the new device should be the result of the device's mechanical function but could also be a result of patient-related factors, which can change from day to day and can thus make device comparisons unreliable. To determine whether a device's mechanical function has a more meaningful impact on gait than patient-related factors, a study, published in the January 2017 issue of the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, describes quantitative gait analyses of a man with a unilateral transtibial amputation using two foot-ankle devices on two occasions over a year apart. From the analyses, the findings suggest that a prosthetic device's mechanical function has a more meaningful impact on gait than patient-related factors, according to the study's authors.

The researchers reasoned that if quantitative gait analysis showed that the differences observed when using one device compared with the other were in the same direction and of similar magnitude on each of the two occasions, this would indicate that device-related factors were more important than patient-related factors. To that end, the participant, described as having a K4 activity level, completed repeated walking trials using two different prosthetic feet on two occasions that were 14 months apart. Walking speed and sagittal plane joint kinematics and kinetics for both limbs were assessed on each occasion.

freedom-kinterra-ability-prosthetics-orthotics-side-viewThe Kinterra Hydraulic Foot Improves Life for One of ABLITY Prosthetics and Orthotics Patients

Here at ABILITY Prosthetics and Orthotics we are always trying to keep up with the latest equipment in prosthetics. To improve the mobility of one of our patients we fitted him with a Freedom Kinterra Hydraulic Ankle.

ABILITY chose the Freedom Kinterra prosthetic ankle for this patient to reduce pressure on his limb and make ramps or uneven terrain easier to manage.

ability-prosthetic-orthotic-holiday-hoursMerry Christmas and Happy Holidays from ABILITY Prosthetics and Orthotics!

ABILITY Prosthetics & Orthotics would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! In order to give our employees time to spend with their families this holiday season, our office will be operating on limited hours.


Friday, December 23, 8:30- 3:00 p.m.
Monday, December 26, Closed all day


We look forward to serving you
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
@ 8:30a.m.


ABILITY Prosthetics and Orthotics Holiday Closure

ABILITY-orthotics-prosthetics-happy-holidays-hoursABILITY Prosthetics & Orthotics will be closing early Friday, December 2, 2016

Hours of operation will be: 8:30-3:00

We look forward to serving you Monday, December 5, 2016 @ 8:30a.m.




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