The Ortho Remedy

Prosthetic Center of Excellence

 

Prosthetics

The Ortho Remedy treats over 500 amputees per year. Although our specialty is lower extremity prosthetics (artificial legs), we can also manufacture a wide variety of upper extremity prosthetics (artificial arms/hands). We treat a combination of new amputees as well as experienced amputees who choose us for a number of reasons:

Diversity

We are experts at managing all levels of lower extremity amputations from partial feet to trans-tibial (below knee) amputees to trans-femoral (above knee) amputees to hip-disarticulations and emipelvectomies. Each prosthesis is meticulously, designed according to the client's specific physical and technological requirements.

Accuracy

We are able to hold superior quality controls and attention to detail because our practitioners follow each project throughout the manufacturing process. This method allows us to constantly customize and refine equipment for each individual.

Speed

The Ortho Remedy can produce Prosthesis within 36 hours if necessary. Typically prosthetic devices are delivered one week after casting and measurements are acquired. This is possible because our laboratory is designed somewhat like a production line. In it there are stations for all segments of manufacturing. From cast modifications to plastic molding, to trimming, assembly, polishing and finishing. We pride ourselves on delivering equipment when patients need it and no later.

Flexibility

There are many factors to consider when designing prostheses such as: age, sex, activity level, weight, performance requirements, intended usage, cosmetics, financial limitations, hygienic concerns, and any personal requirements an individual might have. Flexibility is the ability to understand and address all these issues. We are the artists and our patients are our canvases. Many patients comment to us how we are the first to actually listen to them.

 

 

 

Our responsibility is the same. To provide our patients with the best options pertaining to the three issues in prosthetics -- Comfort, Function, Aesthetics. We are devoted to serving your needs as you traverse these stages of life, and value each issue differently. This section will showcase some of the features pertaining to each.

Comfort

Comfort is key.

Prosthetic technology is useless if the device is not comfortable. The Ortho Remedy always puts its strongest efforts toward providing a comfortable piece of equipment because we know that maximum comfort means maximum performance and satisfaction. When we first meet our patients, a clinician will study their anatomy, and physical alignment.

With this information, a positive cast or model is generated in our laboratory.

The clinician then modifies this model to create a customized shape, which addresses the pressure tolerant and sensitive areas of each individual. Over 100 years of combined experience and wisdom allows us to consistently produce comfortable equipment for our patients. During the fitting, the equipment may be adjusted to optimize the comfort and performance of the device. In most cases, equipment is delivered to the patient after this visit, so that they can practice in their own environment to determine long-term effects of usage.

We offer the latest technology in prosthetic equipment to insure that you are comfortable.

Above knee amputees are welcome to try the Hi-Fi interface, a revolutionary socket design that focuses compression on the femur itself, to have better control over your prosthesis while exerting significantly lower amounts of energy.

Function

The best is what’s best for the wearer

Each prosthesis is meticulously, designed according to the client's specific physical and technological requirements. Whether you are an Olympic sprinter or simply a casual walker, we shape the functionality of your devices around your life.

What is a function level?

A functional level is a measurement potential to accomplish his/her expected, post-rehabilitation, daily function. The functional classification is used by the DMERC to establish the medical necessity only of prosthetic components. Below is a copy of insurance guidelines pertaining to this subject. Proper K-Level classification is necessary when we select the prosthetic design and componentry. You may review the classification system and rate yourself. You will notice that there are many variables involved in classification. Being realistic will always be to the consumers advantage. Remember: With time, a patients’ K-Level can change. If so, changes to a prosthesis can always be made to accommodate the patients’ progress. A determination of the medical necessity for certain components/additions to a prosthesis is based on the patients potential functional abilities. Potential functional ability is based on the reasonable expectations of the prosthetist and ordering physician, considering factors including, but not limited to:

  • The patients past history (including prior prosthetic use if applicable)
  • The patients current condition including the status of the residual limb and the nature of medical problems
  • The patients desire to ambulate

Clinical assessments of patient rehabilitation should be based on the following classification levels:

  • Level K0
    Does not have the ability, or potential to ambulate or transfer safety without assistance and a prosthesis does not enhance their quality of life or mobility.
  • Level K1
    Has the ability or potential to use a prosthesis for the transfers or ambulation on level surfaces at fixed cadence. Typical of the limited and unlimited household ambulatory.
  • Level K2
    Has the ability or potential for ambulation with the ability to traverse low level environmental barriers such as curbs, stairs, or uneven surfaces. Typical of the limited community ambulatory
  • Level K3
    Has the ability or potential for ambulation with variable cadence. Typical of the community ambulatory who has the ability to traverse most environmental barriers and may have vocational, therapeutic or exercise activity that demands prosthetic utilization beyond simple locomotion.
  • Level K4
    Has the ability or potential for prosthetic ambulation that exceeds basic ambulation skills, exhibiting high impact, and stress associated with athetic activities.

The records should document the patient’s current functional capabilities and his/her expected functional potential, including and explanation for the difference, if that is the case. The DMERC recognize within the functional classification hierarchy that bilateral amputees often can not be strictly bound by functional level classifications.

 

The Ortho Remedy is experienced in effectively treating all levels of function, from cosmetic wearers to athletes. 70% of our patients are level K3, or better, and require more sophisticated prosthetic design and components. For this reason, we must stay current and inventive. Prosthetics is a global industry. We use components from the world over, offering an unlimited selection of choices. As industry manufacturers, we also enjoy the advantage of first-exposure to new and innovative products in the industry, including performance enhancing socket interfaces, to sport/activity specific componentry.

Manufacturers we support

Click any of the links below to see some of the manufacturers that we support, and utilize for our patients. Since there are numerous and constantly changing options, feel free to contact our facility with questions concerning your unique interests. Our objective is to return people who have experienced limb-loss, to the level of activity enjoyed before amputation.

3M Company

 

 

 

 

 

Accu Cast

Acme Scale Company

Acor Orthopaedic, Inc.

Adaptlabs

Alatheia Prosthetics

 

Albrecht Gmbh

Allard USA

Alpha Pro Tech Inc.

ALPS

American Prosthetic Components, Inc.

Anatomical Concepts Inc.

Apex

Aspen Medical Products

Atlantic Rim Brace Mfg. Corp.

Atlas International

Bird & Cronin

Bailey Manufacturing

Banyan Healthcare

Bauerfeind

Becker Orthopedic

Bell Horn

 

Biodesigns

 

 

Bioquest

 

Bledsoe

Boston Brace International

Breg

BSN Medical

Center for Orthotic Design

 

CG Medical Supply

College Park

Clamco Corp

Comfort Products

Core Products

Corflex

Cosco

Coyote Design & Mfg.

C.S. OSBORNE Industrial, Hand and Leather Tools

CS Osborne & Company

Cybertech Medical

 

Daw Industries

D.B. Becker Mechanical Hand Co

Darco

DeRoyal

Despatch Industries

DJO Global

Domnick Hunter

Drive-Master

DryCorp

Endolite

Engineered Silicone Products

Euro International, Inc.

Fabrication Enterprises, Inc.

Fabtech Systems

Ferrier Coupler

Fillauer

Fiskars

FLA Orthopedics

Flo-Tech

Florida Brace Corporation

Florida Manufacturing Corp.

Foresee Orthopedics

Frankford Leather Co

 

Freedom Fabrication Orthotic Lab

Freeman Orthotics

Friddles Orthopedic

Gaffney Technology

Gateway Shoe Machine

GC America, Inc.

Grace Fabrication

Hely & Weber

Hermell Products, Inc.

HOPE Orthopedic

Hosmer Dorrance Corp.

Independent Brace, Inc.

Invacare Supply Group

Jiffy Mixer Company

JMS Plastics Supply

Jobst USA

Joslin Orthopedic Gear

Juzo USA

KeepingPace

Keep It Simple Suspension

Kindt-Collins Company

Kinetic Revolutions

Kingsley Manufacturing Company

Knit-Rite

Langer Biomechanics Group

Laurence of Oakland

LenJoy

Liberating Technologies, Inc.

Lohmann & Rauscher

Maramed Orthopedic Systems

Master Appliance Corp.

Medi Usa

Medi-Dyne

Medical Action

Mil-Comm Products Co.

Miracle of Aloe

Moore Medical Corp.

New Options Sports

New Solutions

Ongoing Care Solutions Inc.

Optec

Ortho Care

Ortho Innovations

Orthocare Innovations

Orthomerica Products, Inc.

Orthoservice AG

Orthotic Rehab Products

Ossur

OTS Corp

ottobock

P.W.  Minor

Palumbo Orthopaedics

Pedors

Pilgrim Shoe & Sewing Machine

Pioneer Supply International

Prime Materials Corporation

Prosthetics Research Specialists

Proteor

Restorative Care of America

RX Textiles

Sand-Rite

Scott Specialties

 

Shoe Systems Plus, Inc.

Silipos

Slide Products

Smooth On

Soletech

Spenco Medical Corporation

 

SPT Technology

Sroufe HealthCare Products

ST&G Corporation

Steinel

Stryker

STS - Synthetic Tubular Sock

Sunrise Medical

Swede-O

Tartan Orthopedic

TiMed

Townsend Design

Truform

Trulife

Tytex

U.S. Orthotics

UCO International

Wahl Clipper Corporation

WBC Industries

 

WillowWood

Aesthetics

Cosmetic finishing is a process usually performed on prosthetic devices.

  • Step 1
    This is where the artist will create a custom mold matching the shape of the sound limb.
  • Step 2
    The mold is then fitted over the prosthesis to produce the required shape.
  • Step 3
    Urethane foam is then poured into the cavity to produce a soft molded foam cosmetic covering.
  • Step 4
    The mold is then removed; the prosthesis is covered with fabric and impregnated with a vinyl skin coating that matches the color and texture of the patient's contra lateral limb.
The skin can be created to include hair, freckles and even tattoos.

Do you have a cherished memory in the form of a photo?

We can imbed any image into the prosthetic skin, to further personalize your prosthesis. Show off photos of your pets or family wherever you go.

Would you like to add a little flare to your new prosthesis?

If your looking to turn some heads as you walk down the street, take a look at the different pattern coats we have to offer.

 

 

Have a favorite sports team?

Let us know, and we will do our best to incorporate the logo into to your prosthesis.

If you feel like returning to a cosmetic skin cover for a formal occasion, we can do that too!