Category: Prosthetics

close-up of man's prosthetic leg. how to care, clean, and maintain your prothesis with niagara prosthetics and orthotics

How to Care for Your Prosthesis

In most situations, a professional will walk you through how to properly use and care for your prosthesis. With so many challenges that come with this lifestyle change, we understand that patients may not remember every detail instructed and shared with them during this time. With that in mind, we wanted to create a go-to... View Article

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Custom Made or Off The Shelf Knee Braces – Which One is Better?

This question is no stranger to us. There has been an on-going debate for years now about whether or not custom made knee braces are better than off the shelf knee braces and vice versa. At Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics, we believe that there are two sides to every debate. Today we are going to... View Article

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What to Expect After Amputation Surgery

The months following amputation surgery are typically broken down in to a few stages. Although these stages are not the same for everyone as age, health, and diagnosis differ and are considered, this is a rough outline as to what one can expect during the recovery process: 1. Hospital recovery During the early stages of... View Article

laptop with crumpled paper and stethoscope. This is a young clinician's story on how she got in to the prosthetics and orthotics industry at Niagara PO.

From Student to Clinician: This is Katie Kalchman’s Story

As a university student it can be very intimidating, and at times scary knowing that you will be entering the “adult” world of work and a career. So, when that fourth and final year comes around, many students panic at the question: “What are you going to do next year?” Some people know the answer... View Article

Osseointegration

What You Need to Know About Osseointegration

Founded in the 1950s, the term osseointegration was coined by Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark when he discovered the ability to integrate human bone with titanium metal. This discovery was a very important breakthrough in his career and the future of prosthetics. To this day, osseointegration is used to permanently anchor artificial limbs to the human skeleton, typically done in... View Article

Baby Steps with John Rollo

Every now and then, we get the opportunity to provide care for an individual who sets themselves apart from the rest. We met John Rollo in January of 2014, shortly after he had undergone a series of medical procedures including a bilateral below the knee amputation. Mr. Rollo attended every appointment with a smile and a positive... View Article

A Positive Perception of “Care”- The Clinical Perspective

“What do I say?  What do I need to do? How can I help?  How do you handle a case, when they refuse care?  What is the best approach?  These are a few of many questions that linger in my thoughts when dealing with individuals looking for care.  To be honest, I don’t think there... View Article

What I’ve learned over 20 years in P&O

As Certified Orthotist/Prosthetist Amedeo Buri celebrates his 20 year anniversary us, he takes a look back to where it all started- what has changed, and what has remained the same… July 01,1996. It was my first day of work at Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics. I started my internship under the supervision of Rob Gabourie, the... View Article

Conductive Silicone

Silicone has made a huge impact on the prosthetic community over the last couple of decades. As an interface between the skin of the prosthetic user and the prosthesis, it has proved to be far superior to prosthetic socks in most cases. For upper extremity myoelectric users, conductive silicone is available for fabrication into a... View Article

The Financial Side of a New Prosthesis

Is it time for a new prosthesis, or maybe this is your first one. The dreaded question, how am I going to pay for this? Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics not only manufactures your prosthesis, but assists you through the entire billing process. I bet you didn’t know there are a wide variety of additional funding... View Article