A prosthetist is trained to assess, measure, design, manufacture and fit artificial limbs/prosthetics. They can also assess for the need for assistive devices if necessary.
There are many reasons for amputations including; congenital deformities or malformations, trauma, diabetic complications, circulation complications, cancer, sepsis and accidents.
The primary goal of a prosthesis is to restore function to the body part that has been lost as well as assisting in completing activities for daily living. Increasing independence and quality of life.
Lower Extremity Prosthetics/ Leg Prosthetics
Aim to increase mobility and independence which improves quality of life. Lower extremity prosthetics include, partial foot prosthetics, below knee (transtibial), through knee (knee disarticulation), above knee (transfemoral). The prosthetic options are vast and depend on the physical and cosmetic needs and goals of the individual. This will be discussed during consultation with the prosthetist.
Upper Extremity Prosthetics/ Arm Prosthetics
Arm prosthetics replace some functions of the lost limb which assists in completing every day activities, increased independence and improved cosmetic finish.
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