Thursday, March 27, 2014

Touch Bionics

More information on the class that Charlotte attended last month

The course name is i-limb digits by Touch Bionics Certification Program for Prosthetists and Therapists. It was a 3-day course in Hilliard Ohio.  Day 1 (clinical time with patient) CP and OT evaluation, myotesting, initial diagnostic liner fitting, plaster modifications, activation of device on silicone, and biosim software hands-on with OT training. Day 2 (fabrication and clinical time with patient): i-limb digits component selection, silicone fabrication techniques,  fitting of the second diagnostic socket, progression of OT training, and biosim training.  Day 3 (classroom learning): over-view of i-limb ultra and digits, patient selection and evaluation process, impression techniques, evaluation and patient expectations, billing and coding, myotesting techniques with Virtu-limb, i-limb digits ordering/assembly options, functional training approach, and biosim software training.

She has been so excited to be able to use this knowledge already. While going to school Charlotte got interested in learning more about prosthetics but didn't feel that the opportunities were there. She is grateful that she has found a clinic that helps her gain this knowledge.

A video explaining the benefits of advanced prosthetic hands...enjoy!!

What you should know about ACL Injury

Unless you’re Marcus Lattimore, who famously — or infamously? — injured all four knee ligaments in a college football game in 2012, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the knee ligament you’re most likely to injure. All of us can take steps to reduce the risk, but if you do suffer an ACL tear, your physical therapist can help you on the road to recovery.
An ACL tear is usually caused by a traumatic event, says Rebekah Glass, a physical therapist at The Center for Physical Rehabilitation, a Physiquality member with four locations in Western Michigan. While some tears occur during vehicle collisions or during a fall, most are sports-related and occur without contact from anyone or anything else. These “non-contact” injuries can be caused by quick changes in direction with a misstep, a bad landing after a jump (especially in basketball) or even simply turning the body while slowing down.
Symptoms following an ACL injury might include noticeable swelling, pain either in the front or back of the knee, and instability in the joint.Many people that have experienced an ACL tear say that the injury creates a very loud popping sound; one mother, whose son recently tore his ACL, described it this way: “The resulting pop reputedly resounded like gunfire through the facility.” Bobby Horn, a physical therapist and clinical director at Strive Physical Therapy (a Physiquality network member with several locations across New Jersey), says that symptoms following an ACL injury might include noticeable swelling, pain either in the front or back of the knee, and instability in the joint (often referred to as “giving out”). If you hear such a sound, and have any of these symptoms, he says, it’s time to see a doctor. Most likely, she’ll order an MRI to confirm or rule out an ACL tear.
An ACL injury or tear does not necessarily mean surgery, but it will necessitate rehabilitation and physical therapyPeter (Piotr) Kluba, a physical therapist and the owner of Global Physical Therapy, a Physiquality network member in Michigan, says that rehabilitation after an ACL injury should focus on reducing or eliminating swelling, restoring complete range of motion, and regaining strength and functionality. Visits to physical therapy will feature a variety of treatment methods, including exercises, hands-on stretches and massage, and a home exercise program.
Rule number one in this (and any) rehabilitation program: Listen to your body.Rule number one in this (and any) rehabilitation program: Listen to your body. Peter advises moving at your own pace, saying, “Progressing too quickly or too slowly can be very detrimental to your results.” Physical therapy could last anywhere from 6 to 24 weeks, and it can take up to a year to return to your previous level of activity. Rebekah notes that some athletes post-injury may wear a stabilizing brace during activity, to help avoid further injury.
Bobby explains that a good physical therapy provider will create a return-to-sport program specific for that patient, and test the patient thoroughly to allow her physician to properly determine if she is ready to return to sporting activities. In addition, he says, “Upon discharge, the patient should be given an extensive home exercise program to continue to work on proximal hip strength, core strength, proprioceptive awareness, and hamstring/quad strength.” (And be aware: one of the biggest risks for ACL injury is previous ACL injury, so even after you’re released from the doctor or physical therapist, you should take precautions against another ACL injury.)

with advice from 
Rebekah Glass, PT, DPT, CSCS, 
Bobby Horn, PT, DPT, CSCS, Cert. MDT, 
Peter (Piotr) Kluba, PT, DPT 
- See more at: http://www.physiquality.com/blog/?p=6841#more-6841