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Inspirational Video From One of ABILITY Prosthetics and Orthotics Patients

ABILITY Prosthetics and Orthotics is proud to share this inspirational video from one of our prosthetics patients. With the help of Travis and the whole ABILITY Prosthetics and Orthotics staff we were able to create a new prosthetic leg for this patient so he could walk again.

 

ABILITY Prosthetics and Orthotics Working on Some Team Building

The entire staff of ABILITY Prosthetics and Orthotics and their families enjoyed a fun night together away from work in a great team building event at Wild Island Coconut Bowl.

We love our patients and enjoying team building exercises like this one helps our staff at ABILITY Prosthetics and Orthotics keep our tight knit group together to provide all of our patients the best care and communication possible.

ABILITY Prosthetics and Orthotics is Proud to Announce our Newest Addition to the Staff, Gina Troiano

gina-troiano-prosthetic-othotic-residentGina is originally from Central California. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. From there she went on to attend California State University, Dominguez Hills where she graduated with a Master's degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics.

Gina completed her Orthotics Residency at the University of Oklahoma Children's Hospital and has joined ABILITY Prosthetics and Orthotics for her Prosthetic Residency. Gina is happy to be making the move to private practice where she can focus more on individual patient care. She is very excited to be living and working in Reno. Ousted of the office she enjoys weightlifting, kayaking and going to the dog park with her fiancé and their two dogs.

 

Symmetry for Symmetry's Sake: A Beneficial Goal in Prosthetic Gait?

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By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
Content provided by The O&P EDGE

Nearly 30 years ago, authors David Winter, PhD, PEng, and Susan Sienko, BSc, challenged some fundamental assumptions associated with prosthetic gait that continue to this day. "Throughout all the amputee-related literature," they assert, "continuous references are made to variables that establish gait asymmetry. Subsequently, attempts are being made, without scientific justification, to force the amputee to walk more symmetrically." They continue, "...be cautious about gait retraining protocols which are aimed at improved symmetry based on nothing more than an idea that it would automatically be an improvement." Summarizing their position, the authors conclude, "It is safe to say that any human system with major structural asymmetries in the neuromuscular skeletal system cannot be optimal when the gait is symmetrical. Rather, a new nonsymmetrical optimal is probably being sought by the amputee with the constraints of his residual system and the mechanics of his prosthesis."1

For the thoughtful clinician, the long-held assertion of symmetry for symmetry's sake is immediately replaced by questions of just how much and which types of symmetry might constitute this "new nonsymmetrical optimal." This article reviews recent contributions to the arguments against the standard of symmetry for symmetry's sake.

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