Tuesday, May 1, 2018

How To Get Active For Spring



Thank goodness for Spring! Longer days, warmer temperatures, and the opportunity to get back out there and enjoy our favorite spring sports and activities. If you’re a new amputee, or maybe you’re been an amputee for a while, but are ready to be more active – now is a great time of year to get started. Sports are a great opportunity to connect with other amputees and enjoy the camaraderie of taking on challenges together. You might have some questions on what’s right for you, so we have a few tips to get you started.

There are many opportunities for people living with limb loss to get back out in the world and live an active lifestyle. The activities range from golf to running to rock climbing and skiing to much more.  The amount of activities that can be adapted for amputees to participate is nearly endless.

One of the easiest activities to get started in is cardiovascular exercise. Most people still hate it; but its benefits are essential to good health. Cardiovascular exercises strengthen your heart and reduce body fat. Getting your heart beating a little faster also helps to relieve stress, which is also important for a healthy overall well-being.

“There are many forms of cardiovascular exercises that amputees can take part in, with or without a prosthesis,” according to The Amputee Coalition,  “Some are better suited for active amputees, while others are better suited for those who are beginners or who may have medical restrictions.”

There are many options of cardiovascular equipment to choose from. If you don’t have access to cardiovascular equipment, or a gym membership, now is a great time of year to get outside and enjoy nature. The weather is still relatively cool, and perfect for getting some fresh air. On days when the weather is not so great, walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike is a good way to get started.
If you’re ready to progress into something different, looking for an organized team, or just more information - we’ve compiled a list of resources for more information about specific sports or organizations.
  • ActiveAmp.org has a large directory of sports and activities for amputees
  • Disabled Sports USA’s mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs.
  • The Amputee Coalition, provides a downloadable fact sheet of sports programs.
  • The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) is one of the largest therapeutic recreation agencies in the world. The NSCD offers a variety of year-round sports and recreational adventures.
  • The Wheelchair Sports Federation is a national non-profit that provides opportunities for the disabled and wheelchair-bound adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively.
  • New England Disabled Sports (NEDS) is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, providing adaptive sports instruction to students of all ages and abilities. 
  • The National Amputee Golf Association (NAGA), is supported by the Professional Golf Association (PGA) and the United States Golf Association (USGA). NAGA currently has over 2,000 members in the United States and some 200 players from 17 other countries.
  • The American Amputee Soccer Association (AASA) is the governing body for Amputee Soccer in the United States and is a member of both the World Amputee Football Federation (WAFF) and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Their outreach programs help interested players maximize their proficiency, build self confidence, learn the power of teamwork, all while building a strong social network.
  • The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team’s (WWAFT) mission is to raise awareness and support for our wounded warriors and their families. The team is made of up service members who have served and are now using a prosthetic device to engage in everyday life activities.  By showcasing our team on the football field, the WWAFT seeks to inspire our fans and highlight the perseverance of our service members (both active and former) who continue to face life’s challenges without excuses.
  • Ski 2 Freedom provides free information so that people with physical disabilities or other special needs and their families to enjoy the physical and affective benefits of mountain activities such as skiing or snowboarding.
  • Sportable. The reason Sportable exists is to transform the lives of people with physical and visual disabilities through sport!
  • Challenged Athletes Foundation. A group that supports those with physical challenges – empowering them to find community, confidence, and conviction. 
  • USA Paralympics. A division of the nonprofit United States Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic Movement and promoting excellence in the lives of people with Paralympic-eligible impairments, including physical disabilities and visual impairments.
  • Sheltering Arms. An adaptive golf program at Sheltering Arms offers education and opportunities for safe and enjoyable participation in golf.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Knowing the Patient is Key to a Lifelong Partnership

Knowing the Patient is Key to a Lifelong Partnership

Powell Orthotics and Prosthetics has provided freedom for patients since 1932. Years of professional experience, craftsmanship, and technology enable Powell to provide the benefit of mobility and independence to patients.

To provide patients with a superior device, the staff at Powell O&P first wants to get to know you. It’s important to understand your lifestyle and goals. Whether you’re returning to work, walking the dog, cutting the grass, playing with your children, running or just simply getting around. Each device is unique and custom fabricated to fit your needs.

A vast amount of componentry options are available today and Powell’s experienced staff, with your input, is here to ensure you receive the most appropriate device. They take the time to explain each option, helping to fit patients with a device that meets their needs.

 And it all starts with a scan.

We spoke with Michael R. Monteiro, Certified Prosthetist, ABC, and owner of Powell Orthotics and Prosthetics about the process to make a prosthesis for a patient.

Michael took us through the first step in the process, showing us the machine used for scanning the patient. “The scan works just like a satellite system,” Michael said. “It’s all radio waves so they don’t feel anything except for the pressure of me rolling this across their limb. It takes an image of it and puts it onscreen. It’s pressure sensitive so if I press in deep, it will show a deeper presence on screen, so it gives me tissue feedback, kind of like you do when you hand cast.” They run the scanner across the remaining limb, to make the prosthetic limb match the size and shape.

“After that,” continued Michael. “I have an image on screen. I manipulated it to what I need it to do to allow the patient to stand up. There’s areas we want to put pressure on, there’s areas we don’t want to put pressure on. I do all that and I send the file to Scotty, who’s our technician.”

Scotty will then carve out a model and create a clear socket for the patient to stand up on.

        
From standing to walking
This is an example of someone’s limb, after manipulation. Michael showed us his computer rendition of the scan. “This is what our socket will end up looking like when we’re finished,” he said. “We put space in for bones, there’s a small bone at the top of your leg a little nerve runs behind it just like your funny bone only it’s in your leg. So the kneecap sits up in here and the end of the bone we build out, because there’s usually just skin and bone like your shinbone - not much coverage. We try and make it a little between the bones we squeeze, on the medial side of the fibula bones we squeeze. If we make it triangular shape, when you move, the prosthesis moves as well.”

The CAD drawing gives Michael a vision of what everything will look like. He demonstrated how he can rotate the image and look at it from behind and down inside it to make sure he likes what he’s seeing.  He explains that what he sees when he scans someone is “more or less what we see if we have someone sitting on the table.” Michael points to areas on the screen, “All these areas, I create to help him stand up. It disperses weight and pressure, kind of like a bed of nails…if you don’t feel any of them, you won’t have any problems, if you feel one of them, it’s a problem.”

Once Michael is pleased with the scan and manipulations on screen and is sure he’s been able to disburse all the pressure and body weight out, he sends the model to Scotty for carving. Michael starts with the computer, but his partner Joe, prefers the traditional way by hand casting a model first and making the changes and then scanning it in and sending it to Scotty.



Michael then showed us a room full of blank forms and a lathe.  He explained that the lathe has a CNC processer, and carves in 2 planes as it moves. The material they use is harder than Styrofoam because they have to pull plastic over it and they don’t want it to compress. They send the file to the lathe, carve it, and then end up with the model.

Once they have a carved model, all patients receive a diagnostic socket. This diagnostic socket is clear, so the team can stand the patient upright, check to make sure everything’s fitting properly, make sure they have pressure where it’s needed, and make sure they don’t have pressure where they don’t want it. The diagnostic socket is made from a low-temperature plastic, so that if there’s an area causing issue, Michael and team can take it off and heat it up, make a change, cool it down and slide it back on.  “We can modify the diagnostic socket and 90% of the time the patient can walk on this, so they know statically and dynamically how it feels,” said Michael. “Standing may feel good, but walking around may feel different because the body’s doing different things.”

After the carving is complete, a clear plastic pre-form dome goes into the oven, with adapters that go on the end – depending on what they intend to put into the socket.  The oven vacuum forms the plastic based on time and temperature. They then trim the piece out and end up with a plastic socket ready for adapters that they can then attach to a tube system and a foot. “We want them to try it on and stand,” said Michael. “We want them to stand and walk on the feet they’re going to use, because it’s going to feel different with different feet on there. Again, if we need to make changes, we can heat it up, press it out, cool it down and slide it back up on them, to make sure everything’s comfortable before they leave.







The perfect fit

The challenge is finding the right match with the patient’s wants and the patient’s needs. “What they think they want and what they actually need may be different,” said Michael. “There are a series of tests that are pretty predictive of patient’s ability, for newer patients, that’s done during the measurement. If you can walk with a walker or with crutches, vs. some who’s in a wheelchair – that helps determine what kind of feet or knee components we’re going to start with.”

New amputees receive what’s called a preparatory prosthesis, which is designed to get them walking in therapy and limb shrinkage.  The preparatory is designed to get the patient down to a stabilized size, once muscles complete their atrophy and stop losing mass. This process takes about 4-6 months after a patient starts walking. At that point in time, it’s time to start all over again – it’s time for the new leg.

“We use a gel liner, either silicon, urethane or TPE plastic to cushion and protect the skin,” continued Michael. “Almost everybody can benefit from having a gel liner against the skin. It grips the skin, it protects the skin from rubbing blistering and irritations, that’s why it’s so universally used. Some have a pin that goes into a lock, and that acts as suspension, so as they move the prosthesis moves with them.”

Prosthetics have certainly come a long way in appearance thanks to today’s technology. “We can do any color a patient wants,” said Michael. “If patients bring us a shirt, or something special they want on their prosthesis, we can laminate that on there with a clear coat, so whatever the fabric on there can show through.”

We mentioned how important it is to understand the patient’s lifestyle and goals. “We never want the prosthesis to limit someone, but we don’t want to build it so technical that they can’t use it, or can’t generate enough force to use it,” said Michael. “People always say they want ‘the best,’ and they associate the best with the most expensive. I can fit you with a Porsche, I can fit you with a Combine. If you’re a farmer, the Porsche is not going to help you. The cost is about the same. It’s really about finding out what your needs are and fitting you with the best product to fit your needs. Then you’ll get the most out of it.”

“There are dynamic feet, which will give energy in return, and there are energy absorbing feet to give you lots of motion,” Michael says. “If you’re hopping up and down on trucks, you may need something that has a lot of cushion, if you’re walking around a constructions site, you want something that will give you all kinds of side to side motion, because you’re stepping over all kinds of terrain and if you’re sitting in an office all day, you’ll want a smooth foot, if you’re a runner, you’ll want something that allows you to do that.” The process is really about patient matching. Same thing with prosthetic knees, there are a plethora of options depending on patient capabilities and needs.”

In speaking with Michael, it’s clear he and his team have a progressive and honest approach to getting patients back to their daily lives. They have a number of amputees on staff, allowing them to have a unique perspective on their patient’s daily challenges and how to prevail. They know their job is not done when the prosthetic is finished – they have resources for patients, such as support groups and county and state resources to help patients get back to living the life they want.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Marathon Man


Geep Schurman, aka Ahab, was born with fibular hemimelia, which is a deformity of the limb’s bone structure and associated muscle and tendons, often defined as congenital absence of the fibula. It is the most common long bone deficiency of the extremities. Geep explained, “I had no fibula, and a deformed right foot with only 3 toes… the entire right leg was shorter than the left. Before my amputation, my orthopedic specialist fitted me with a full-leg brace, which was referred to as an appliance.”

In those days, Geep called his appliance a “contraption” to help with his mobility. The apparatus employed lace-up thigh and calf corsets, a buttocks ring for weight support, knee hinges and steel support rods and a series of leather restraint straps. He wore this apparatus from the time he was 2 years of age until he was 10.

At 10, he had his leg amputated, 7 inches below the knee. Even with the amputation, his first prosthetic limb had metal rods, hinged at the knee, with a thigh corset, a buttocks ring and leather hamstring restraints behind the knee. “The noticeable difference in the new appliance,” Geep said, “was below the knee… since my foot was now gone, the prosthetic technicians fashioned a wooden socket conformed to the shape of the residual limb (stump) with a rubber foot attached to the end.”

Geep’s experience with Powell began in the early 1950s before they were even in business as Powell. “Marvin F. Pollard’s orthotic and prosthetics shop was a block or two east of MCV on Broad Street,” said Geep. “They worked primarily with amputees, but also helped me before my amputation, with adjustments to, and the actual fabrication of my appliances. I remember my dad taking me in that shop many a time for fittings and adjustments. I continued with Pollard until my amputation in 1956… by then Tommy Powell, Sr. had purchased and relocated the business to 414 West Broad Street,” said Geep.

His particular type of prosthesis was a “Patella Tendon Bearing” (PTB), so named because it was designed to bear all his body weight on the strongest part of the residual limb. For a period of roughly 10 years post amputation, Geep had numerous minor surgeries to remove cysts that would form due to pressure changes in the knee area. Every surgery was followed by a recovery period, during which Geep was not able to wear the prosthesis… and each surgery slightly altered the fit of the prosthesis. “I would systematically visit Powell where they would “always” take the time necessary to help me walk comfortably again.”

In 2012, Geep went to Powell with a new request. “I told them I wanted to run,” said Geep. “My wife is a marathon runner… I want to run a marathon too!” He met with Joe Sullivan, one of the Powell partners who is also a BK (below the knee) amputee. Joe was a Paralympic volleyball player, and currently coaches several local teams, so he totally ‘got it’ when Geep said, “I want to run a marathon.”

“Joe takes the time to listen,” continued Geep. “He’s always right there to help me. I told Joe I wanted a leg that I could run on, moreover, that I was interested in distance running.” Geep’s trust in Joe was rewarded. Geep said, “Joe put together a leg for me that allowed me to run the 2014 marathon in Richmond!”

Not only did he finish, but he also did it on a compressed training schedule due to a bout of tongue cancer. “By August 2013, I was ready to run that year’s marathon,” said Geep, “but I was diagnosed with tongue cancer and was in treatment until December that year. After removal of my feeding tube in March of 2014, I was back in training.” He ran the Monument Avenue 10K, the Patrick Henry Half and completed the 2014 Richmond marathon in November.

He didn’t train much from January of 2016 until May of 2017 while his wife, DeeDee, was undergoing treatment for metastatic breast cancer. “I wanted to spend that time with her and didn’t train,” he reflected.

Subsequently, Geep channeled his emotions into training with Team DD KIWI, the novice marathon training team, that was named in his wife’s honor. “When she passed, I joined the novice team, but my prosthesis wasn’t fitting correctly,” said Geep. “Five years of below the knee atrophy had seriously compromised the fit.”

He went to see Joe at Powell to replace his limb. He told Joe, “I want to upgrade from my current ‘Variflex’ to a ‘Cheetah’ foot,” which is the choice of many distance runners. “But - I want it to be an every day leg too…. not just for running.” Powell answered the challenge. Building a prosthesis with a cheetah foot is more labor-intensive, and time consuming, and between each stage of completion, test-runs are necessary. By the middle of October it was ready. Geep remembers, “The process was challenging, but the results were so worth the time and effort. The ‘Cheetah’ is more comfortable than any of my previous legs.”

Geep hadn’t trained since mid-July. “I started the marathon anyway,” he said. “even though I only made it 22 miles. It wasn’t about winning or losing… only to have fun and to honor my wife. I had the support of the entire marathon training team, the encouragement of my running partners and DeeDee’s indomitable spirit… and thankfully, the dedication of Powell. My plan is to get that medal in 2018 and to enjoy the journey.”

With determination like his – we have no doubt he will.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Showing others how to stay physically active after amputation


Connie Moe is a firecracker of a woman from Richmond, Virginia. Though only 4’10” in height, her personality is as big as they come. Being an amputee hasn’t slowed her down one bit, and her story and determination to lead an active lifestyle is inspiring.

I’ve always been athletic. I’m not particularly good at any sport, but love them all,” she said. Connie completed her first 10K in 2002, “One of the things I enjoyed most about doing a 10K was the training – that was as much fun as the 10K itself,” she said.   It was during that race that she began to have issues with her ankle.

“I ran the 2002 10K in Richmond and after the race my ankle looked like it had a goose egg on it,” she said. “I went to several physicians, but could never get the problem fixed.” After a number of attempts to resolve the issue, she started considering her alternatives. “I had heard about ankle replacements,” said Connie, “I thought might be a smart option. After so many surgeries, the idea of a new leg and ankle sounded great to me!”

Connie continued, “I went to a world renown specialist in ankle replacement, who initially did not want to take me on as a patient because of my age.” At this point, it was now 2005, 3 years after her initial issues with her ankle. “But after he talked with me and found out I was a personal trainer, and had taught exercise classes since 1985, he agreed to see me and then accepted me as a patient.” For Connie, exercise is an essential activity, so it was important to her to be able to maintain an active lifestyle.

Unfortunately, Connie’s ankle replacement was fraught with complications. “After the surgery, I contracted MRSA. At first, I didn’t understand that MRSA was why the replacement wasn’t taking the way it should. I had IV medications at home, I had to go to the hospital several times and my husband had to keep driving me back and forth to Baltimore, it was a mess.”

During the course of trying to repair her ankle, Connie had a total of 17 surgeries dealing with the different things to get her back up and running. “I went up for one more surgery and I told my husband, ‘I’m ready just to have this thing gone,’” said Connie. At this point, the physician and Connie agreed – it was time to amputate. Amazingly, Connie was happy. “I was just delighted to get rid of that nasty ankle that wouldn’t do anything,” she said.

“Once the MRSA entered into the bone and there was no way to get rid of it,” Connie continued. “After 2 years of not being able to function in the manner to which I was accustomed, I told the physicians to take the foot and ankle - surely anything is better than this!”

“And it was and still is,” said Connie.

“After the amputation, my husband standing by me, he said ‘you got a foot.’ The physicians had put me into an air cast, wrapped around my leg, with a foot at the bottom – and I walked out of there with that foot on my leg,” said Connie. She continued to use that until she healed enough to receive a prosthetic.

Being raised in Richmond, she was already familiar with Powell. “One of my class mates had cerebral palsy and used Powell for his stabilizers, so when it became apparent I'd need a prosthetic it never occurred to me to go anyone else but Powell.” 

Since Connie got her prosthetic, she’s been as active as ever. “It helped that I was in good physical condition when I lost my leg,” she said. “Even during recovery, I still taught and worked with clients as a personal trainer and continued teaching exercise class.” I’m 82 years old and I maintain my certification as a personal trainer and still teach classes twice a week.”

\Connie is also an active advocate for amputees. In April, she went to Washington, DC with a group of other amputees and advocates to ask legislators to support continuing care for amputees. Supported by the Amputee Coalition of American, the group visited with senators and legislators with their message on why it was important to continue medical care for amputees. “It was a bit of an amazing site,” said Connie. “We were put out on capital hill – all these people with prosthetics put out over that hill in crazy heat, but we were on a mission.” Florida Congressman Brian Mast, an Afghanistan veteran, visited with them during the afternoon. Mast is a double amputee after an IED blast during his final tour took both of his legs in 2010. 

When asked what words of encouragement she might have for those facing the loss of a limb, Connie’s advice first and foremost is to have to have a sense of humor about everything – even about a lost limb. Next, she says, “Get a good prosthetic and USE IT. Whatever the limb loss, use that prosthetic, learn to work it and just use it as much as you can. Don’t favor it – don’t treat it as what it is. Try not to limit yourself.”

Thursday, December 7, 2017

“You can do whatever you set your mind to do.”


Support groups offer guidance, encouragement and camaraderie

At Powell, we understand the emotional and physical changes that come with the trauma of losing a limb. Our goal is to provide you with not only a device but also a network of organizations and care to help you realize your potential.

That’s why we are active in a support group for amputees, their families and loved ones.

Amputee support groups provide a unique place for amputees and their family members and caregivers to connect with others who have overcome similar challenges while interacting with those who understand their daily struggles. Support groups provide emotional support, information, fellowship and so much more.

We talked to Michelle Francis, RN, and Lisa Wright, who are both amputees about the importance of support groups to amputees.

“The amputee support group is the only one in the greater Richmond area, and the only one specifically for amputees,” Michelle says. “There’s a calendar of events, and we usually host a function every month.”

What’s great about this organization is the interaction among attendees,” Michelle continues. “We don’t just have a meeting where you come and sit and just talk -  it’s actually something to do.” The group offers archery, tennis golf – just about any sport that you can imagine. We partner with a cool organization called Sportable.”

“Sportable is almost like YMCA for people with disabilities,” Lisa adds. “We go there and do all sorts of different activities.”

Michelle explains: “In previous years we’ve even had a swimming event – a lot of the amputees had not been swimming since they had their amputation, so thanks to this event, they got to try adaptive equipment for swimming and got back in the pool for the first time in a long time.”

The support group even helps people in bigger ways. “One guy has received a scholarship to college for wheelchair basketball,” Michelle says. “He had the desire to go to school, but not necessarily the means, and the scholarship was a result his involvement in this support group.”

 “We meet once a month,” Lisa adds, “Sometimes it’s at the Powell office, and sometimes it’s out in the community. We try to set it up so that each month it’s something different.” Sometimes the group goes out to dinner or to a social event, like a recent trip to the Beer Brewing Company for a meeting and dinner. Sometimes they will have a guest speaker who talks about new prosthesis technologies.

“We’ve even had speakers on very specific topics only amputees have to deal with, like how you handle winter issues with slick surfaces or sweating in the summer with your appliance,” Lisa says.

Amputees helping amputees

Both Michelle and Lisa are amputees themselves. It’s hard to imagine people with a more positive attitude about life after having a limb amputated.

Michelle has been an amputee for just over three years. “I had osteosarcoma, which is a type of cancer that starts in the bones,” Michelle says. “I had to have my left leg taken off at the hip.”

“I first worked with another large prosthetic group in the area, but they couldn’t get my prosthetic right. Most people with my sort of amputation use a cane or other support to walk. Powell was able to develop the prosthesis that I use today - with no other support.”

“I live on a farm,” she continues. “So I ride a four-wheeler, deal with constantly walking on uneven ground, and I walk everywhere and don’t even think about it.” “Because of Powell I was able to go without an assistive device to walk.”

Lisa has been working at Powell for a few months as a patient care coordinator. She helps with patients when they first come in, set up their appointments, gather information, prepare their charts and handle insurance information.

“Powell built my prosthesis,” she says. “I used to work for a rehab center and a lot of our clients went to Powell. When I was ready for a career change, they had a few things open and I applied and here I am.”

Lisa has been an amputee for 43 years. “At 7 years old, I was hit by a car while I was riding a bicycle and lost my leg,” she recalls. “I always talk to people in this situation and encourage them, and tell them, ‘Don’t sit at home, don’t think that it’s a barrier – I have an amputation all the way up to the hip, and I’m as active as anyone.’”

Michelle agrees, saying, “You can do whatever you set your mind to do. That’s the thing about these support groups, it’s about meeting other people who continue to live their lives and be successful.”

Lisa adds, “I tell people all the time, just to get out an do things, you can attend the support groups and get some great ideas.” Lisa even started her own business as an amputee. She connects amputees all over the world with shoes through her business, Shu Fli Amputee Connection.

Both older amputees and those who’ve recently become amputees benefit from the support groups – and there’s something for everyone. It’s especially important for others to connect with those with the same type of amputation, because they face the same challenges.

“Some would never come to a traditional support group because they don’t want to talk about it,” Michelle says. “Those are the people that get involved in our sport events or social activities – different people respond in different ways.”

“Being an amputee literally makes you have to slow down. I can 100% say I am a much more centered and focused person since my amputation.” For Michelle, she says it’s “hard to tell who benefits the most from the support groups, the older crowd really enjoys the socials, but once we started getting the younger crowd in, they enjoy the social groups too. “

Lisa says the people who’ve had their amputations longer seem to participate more in the support groups. “The newer amputees still have to adjust. Many may not have a peer or another amputee they can talk to, so they’re very much just out there and lost. When they do get involved, they see there’s a lot to offer in these groups.”

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Scotty Poindexter

Losing a limb is a life-changing experience. For Scott Poindexter it also was the start of a career.
Scott is the lead orthotic and prosthetic technician here at Powell. He’s the one fabricating and adjusting replacement and supportive products to meet the needs of our patients.
He became an above-the-knee amputee in 1998 following a car accident while in high school. After his accident, Scott didn’t know where his life would take him.
“I was still in school and had to get up every morning but I didn’t know if I could get a job. Life was turned upside down,” he says.
It took some time after being fitted with a prosthesis but once he mastered it, he said bye-bye to his wheelchair. To gain credits for school, he volunteered at a prosthetics office and eventually began employed laminating sockets and shaping coverings. He liked it so much he dedicate his life to helping others regain their mobility.
Now, with 10 years at Powell, Scott is in a unique position as both a technical expert and as someone who has been there.
“I get to help people move on after what life has thrown at them,” he explains. “As an amputee myself, I tell patients, hey, I’ve been there. I am there. If I can do it, so can you.”
“When I work with new patients I hear a lot, ‘You walk so well,’” he says. “I tell people, ‘you will also.’ I’ve had much experience. You put in the work and time and you’ll get there too. Having a practitioner amputee working with amputees brings a sense of understanding to our patients. I know exactly what you’re talking about and what your concerns might be.”


To learn more about orthotics and prosthetics at Powell, please contact our office at 804-649-9043 or check out our website at www.powelloandp.com.