Orthotic and Prosthetic Resources

adult and pediatric prosthetic patients show off their devices

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Below are resources that we hope will be helpful for patients and their families.

Orthotics:

General Scoliosis info video:

Curvy Girls Scoliosis Foundation

AFOs

Instructions for the Collier R-Wrap AFO: Donning and caring for your brace.

Knees

Knee Brace Fitting Videos

Learn more about Knee injuries and osteoarthritis

Kneed-a-Brace Retail Outlet

Pre-Qualification Process for a total knee or hip (joint) replacement. These are Medicare’s guidelines that need to be followed for approval of procedures.

Pediatric Orthotics

Sports & Recreation

A guide to safety for young athletes.

Sacramento Wheelchair Basketball for youth ages 10-18.

Prosthetics:

Amputee Coalition of America

Frequently Asked Questions about Prosthetics

The Amputee Coalition on preparing your limb for a prosthesis

Upper Limb Loss Questions

Pediatric Prosthetics

We have put together some links which you may want to explore to learn more about your child’s condition or find support for your child with a prosthesis. Please remember Collier is not affiliated with these websites, and that there is no substitute for a practitioner who listens to your needs.

Collier CCS Paneled practitioners make themselves available for questions of any kind regarding your child’s prosthesis. Many patients have come to us, and with a few corrections to their prosthesis, are thrilled to have options that were not offered with their previous practitioner.

Bill Baughn and his wife, Joyce, a bilateral below elbow amputee since age six, established I-CAN (International Child Amputee Network) and an Internet mailing list to provide information and support contacts to children with absent or underdeveloped limbs and their parents.

Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics, Parent Info

Collier Orthotics and Prosthetics is not affiliated directly with the resources listed on this page. These are provided for general knowledge and you should consult your physician before participating in activities, especially if you are already having pain symptoms.

Additional health resources for patients and their caregivers.

Clubfoot

Diabetes

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Scoliosis

Skin

Vascular

Please contact us below if you have any questions.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, don’t hesitate to ask one of our prosthetists by calling 916-979-9729. You can learn more about our prosthetic specialists here.


Prosthetics Frequently Asked Questions

Prosthetics Defined

A prosthesis is an artificial limb prescribed by a prosthetist to replace a limb on a person’s body. Advanced technology has made it possible for people who are absent any of their limbs to continue life as they usually would. Most patients who require prosthetic devices typically need them as a result of injury or a birth defect (congenital), although certain conditions such as diabetes can increase a person’s likelihood of losing a limb and requiring a prosthetic device.

What is a Prosthesis?

A prosthesis is an externally applied device designed to replace a missing part of the body or to make a body part work better. Prostheses can replace arms, hands, or legs, and can be muscle-powered or computer-driven.

Can you make a prosthesis for my animal?

At this time, Collier does not design or fit prosthetic limbs for animals.

What is a Prosthetist?

A prosthetist is a healthcare professional who is specifically educated and trained to manage comprehensive prosthetic patient care. This includes patient assessment, formation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up and practice management. A Collier prosthetist will work with your team of care providers to meet your goals.

Why would someone need an amputation?

Amputations occur as a result of diabetes, necrotizing fasciitis and other bacterial infection, circulatory disease, and trauma. Some people may be born with non-functioning limbs (congenital birth defects) that can be made useful by reconstructive surgical techniques.

Amputation is not a medical failure – it can save lives and ease chronic pain. It is an opportunity for the surgeon to fashion the most appropriate residual limb for prosthetic usage. It is a good idea to meet with your prosthetist prior to surgery if circumstances permit. Your prosthetist will want to look at the physical aspects of your limb, discuss with you possible fitting techniques, and assure you that, following amputation, you will get better and carry on with your life.

Why should I acquire a prosthetic limb?

A prosthetic limb can greatly enhance your quality of life after an amputation, regardless of the level of amputation. This includes amputations of the leg or arm as well as partial amputations of the foot or hand.

What’s your return policy?

Return any of our products–no questions asked–within 30 days of purchase. We even pay return shipping.

Can you ship a prosthesis directly to me?

Due to the customized nature of fitting a prosthesis, we need to see the patient in-person for not only proper fitting but for adjustments as your muscles change over time. One size does not fit all.