Category Archives: Orthotics

Arthritis knee pain flaring up with the change in weather?

An unloader knee brace is specifically designed for treating arthritis knee pain.

Do your bones ache when the weather changes?  Does your osteoarthritis knee pain prevent you from enjoying your daily activities? Studies show that cold, wet weather negatively affects people with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. 

For osteoarthritis knee pain relief, you need a prescription from your doctor for an unloader-style knee brace. A custom-fitted unloader knee orthosis (brace) has a range of settings to dial in to make the brace as comfortable as possible. Your practitioner should be able to show you how to use the different settings.

Osteoarthritis Knee Pain Solutions

An OA brace can relieve bone-on-bone joint pain and slow down the degenerative process. Dynamic OA braces open the joint only when the leg is extended and the most pain relief is needed. No pressure is applied when the leg is bent. With dynamic unloading, these braces are comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.

Treatment with the correct knee brace can relieve most osteoarthritis symptoms:

  • Pain, after overuse or after long periods of inactivity
  • Aching and soreness of the joints
  • Stiffness after periods of rest, swelling of the joints.

Cold weather brings on aches and pains – it is not your imagination. Most common in weight-bearing joints, the pain can settle into your knees, hips and ankles. It is important to remember that stiffness is one of your body’s early warning signs. If the symptoms persist, be sure to check in with your doctor. If stiffness and joint pain persist it might be a sign that you have arthritis, and you want to address the issue as soon as possible with your doctor to prevent further progression.

The Collier-Laurence Orthotic Team works with your doctor and other care providers to find the correct knee orthosis (brace) for your diagnosis. We have these tips for those who might be shopping for an osteoarthritis knee brace:

1)     How many patients does the facility see monthly? The busiest clinics tend to have the more experienced practitioners.

2)     Look for an orthosis (brace) recommended by your doctor for your specific condition. How many different OA braces do they offer to patients?

a.     Pittet style

b.     Large styles

c.     Valgus / varus

d.     Custom / off the shelf

e.     Hand Dexterity problems

f.      Sports related

3)     Do they have a return policy on braces that don’t provide pain relief? Will they provide other options?

4)     Your brace can’t help you if you don’t wear it regularly. If your brace is uncomfortable or pinching, contact the provider and they should be able to make adjustments for a better fit.

 

Additional Reading:

Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis, but there are ways to manage the pain and slow down the progression of arthritis. Although it maybe difficult, staying active is important. Make sure to check with your doctor or physical therapist for appropriate exercises for your condition.

What causes so much pain in my knees?

The stages of Osteoarthritis

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Local Orthopedist Volunteers with Operation Rainbow, Healing Patients Around the World

Operation Rainbow provides life-changing medical care to more than 80,000 children and young adults, including more than 18,000 surgeries in 19 developing countries.

Millions around the world live everyday with the pain caused by congenital birth defects and accidents. In the poverty-stricken countries where many of these children live, public healthcare is lacking and families are too poor to address illness or injury as it arises, and they have given thousands of patients the opportunity for a better life.

Generous donors and volunteers are key in helping us change their lives for the better. Last year, Operation Rainbow performed more than 460 free surgeries and treated more than 6,500 other patients for orthopedic and other medical conditions not requiring surgery. The Operation Rainbow team completed 11 medical missions to communities in Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Haiti and the West Bank. Part of their mission is to educate local health professionals to encourage medical self-sufficiency.

All team members are volunteers who participate without compensation on their own time. Without the generous donation of supplies from vendors and assistance from friends and family they couldn’t do this work. And there is so much work to do.

You can help educate others about Operation Rainbow by sharing this message, donating or volunteering.

http://Operationrainbow.org

Jon Boone works at Roseville Kaiser orthopedic department as The Senior Orthopedic Technician. He has referred patients to Collier for many years and we have donated orthopedic bracing supplies to the Operation Rainbow since 2009.

“Other than my first mission that was ‘eye opening ‘, the most memorable was our mission to Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. Many children had lost everything… their homes and families and still they would sing songs and help each other as they recovered from injuries. Being able to take my skills and apply it helping those less fortunate makes all the time and expense worthwhile,” says Boone.

Jon’s first mission was to Ecuador in 2009. Since then, he has made 16 missions to Ecuador, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Mexico. His next mission is to Honduras.

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A determined Sandra gets a reciprocating gait orthosis, and gets out of her wheelchair!

reciprocating gait orthosis

From her first meeting with Practitioner Brian Lee, Sandra Thomas was eager to be able to reach a new activity level.

gait orthosesAfter being in a wheelchair for almost 5 years, Sandra wants to walk without any assistive devices or orthoses. Sandra’s biggest challenge has been to overcome her unstable gait due to a spinal cord injury. She has been working with Brian Lee for the last 6 months to learn and adapt to her new device.

 

Collier Solution: By applying the reciprocating gait orthosis, Brian was able to give Sandra the stability to stand and transfer the strength and momentum of her upper body to her legs. She can now ambulate and feels the sensation of lower extremity muscle contraction. She is very hopeful to continue to progress toward independent ambulation.

As you can see by the video, Sandra Thomas is determined and knows it will not be easy – our reward is to see how excited and grateful she is to receive this device that will help her toward her goal.

Are you interested in learning more about RGO development? Ask a Collier Practitioner below, or call us for a consultation.

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Orthotic Patient Case Study – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Mr. Cutchlow came to see Collier Practitioner Ray Diaz for a pair of new braces, and expressed frustration with his instability due to his Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

Upon evaluation, Ray noticed the patient had more than just weak inverters/evertors. He also had no plantar flexion and dorsiflexion strength.
Prior to the Phat braces he was using a walking aide, now he’s not. As you can see in the video, his gait is much more stable and his speed improved.

Patient Challenge:

The previous AFOs (Arizona braces) were not picking up his foot, causing him to buckle and fall when ambulating.

Collier Resolution:

Ray introduced the Phat braces to Mr. Cutchlow. These braces will provide the stance control and swing phase, and resolve the weak medial lateral ankle instability. The Arizona braces provided nothing for the absent plantar and dorsiflexion.

The day Mr. Cutchlow came back for delivery of his Phat braces he couldn’t believe the balance, stability, and confidence the braces were giving him.

Mr. Cutchlow has had two follow up visits. The first visit was to see how the braces are working for him. The second visit was a minor adjustment. It feels very rewarding to know Mr. Cutchlow’s goals were achieved and that it also built up his confidence to do more enjoyable things with his grandkids.

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Congratulations to JR Brandt! BOC announces their First Newberry Award Recipient

Former Collier Practitioner JR Brandt is named inagural recipient of the BOC 2017 Newberry Award for Extraordinary Service.

Rick Todd COF, managing partner at Collier Orthotics & Prosthetics, has many great things to say about JR when interviewed by BOC, and the positive impact he had on their growing business.

Why does JR deserve this award?

Because he is knowledgeable in Orthotics and Prosthetics, BOC accreditation standards, Medicare standards and his outstanding service with patients. He has the ability to give of himself and teach in the area of Orthotics and Prosthetics as well as everyday life. JR has the ability to communicate with physicians and physical therapists on difficult cases. He works for the overall interest of the business and outcome as a whole, not income alone. Follow up is assured in all of the above areas. JR is an amazing family man and great friend, even if I didn’t always want to hear what he had to say.

You can read the press release here.

How did you meet JR, and what has been the impact of his service throughout your career?

I originally met JR in 1992 when I was a Bledsoe sales representative in Northern California.  JR ran the Shriners Orthotic and Prosthetic practice in both San Francisco and then in Sacramento.  When dealing with JR in regards to product purchases he was very respectful of my position even though I was just a salesman peddling products to Shriners.  He always treated me with the utmost respect and every time I saw him he had some funny story to tell me, as well he was full of information and willing to teach.

I did not see JR for many years except at an occasional trade show.  When I would bump into him it was just like I had seen him in the past.  He was friendly, great to talk with and like a long lost friend and always full of knowledge.

In 2012 I was in the midst of growing my first orthotic practice. I started to work with Jim Hewlett in regards to accreditation through BOC and applying for my first Medicare license. At that time I found out that JR was working with BOC as well as Jim Hewlett and doing site surveys.  We rekindled our relationship.  Jim let me know that JR was interested in getting back to seeing patients again, and that he would like to do patient care. I then hired JR as the director of Orthotics for my company.

JR was an open book and not only was he a fantastic practitioner; he is very accomplished in our field.
Watch the presentation, JR says Thank You.

He was helpful in all the Medicare and accreditation rules, and if he didn’t have the answer he has a relationship with someone who did.  He was also very helpful in the setup of our second Orthotic and Prosthetic facility. He understood from his Shriner days, the function of utilizing space in a manufacturing area. He was also helpful in finding the appropriate products and tools to set up a state of the art manufacturing facility. In the early days of this new business he had the ability to streamline systems, bring employees together, and communicate with physicians about patients and product philosophy, as well as the biomechanics that went along with this.  JR has the ability and interest to get the best outcome of all situations, and give of himself as a mentor and a teacher to my staff.

Not a day goes by without thinking how he is doing in his present situation. JR was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on September 4th 2016 and underwent seven rounds of intense chemotherapy. He was a candidate for a Bone Marrow Transplant at Stanford University Hospital and after an exhausting international search a 10/10 donor was located. On March 30th JR received his transplant and after 100 days of living at Stanford he is finally home recovering and in remission. He still has a long road to go in recovering his blood counts, energy and general wellbeing but he is as always in good spirits and we at Collier continue to wish him and his family well.

His smile and jovialness is missed by all at Collier Orthotics and Prosthetics and we hope to be able to see him soon.

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Collier OandP: Money Back Guarantee if patient does not get OA knee pain relief

Collier O&P the Industry Leader In OA Knee Pain Relief

When Collier fits a patient with an OA knee brace, their goal is to provide pain relief so you can get back to your daily living…with less pain.

By using the best quality products when prescribed, if patient does not get paint relief, then Collier will stand behind their money back guarantee

Collier offers OA Knee braces with a Money Back Guarantee to Insurance Payer and for Patients Co-Pay.

Collier is consistently rated the best OA knee brace unloader solution by their patients and physicians because of superior patient care and quality of the products used.

Please refer your patient to Collier Orthotics and Prosthetics.

You can hear what one patient has to say now that he has his new unloader brace from Collier.

For responsive service and patient care, contact Michael Todd at (916) 919-5726.

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