to the latest (last?*) edition of Pace Rehabilitation's eNews (May 2018)
Free as a (Early)Bird
The limited Early Bird tickets for our annual rehabilitation conference are flying fast.
Event details (& online booking) for the 'Beyond the clinic room - Outcomes in the real world'conference are available HERE
It is being held in central London on Thursday 20th Sept.
Book early to avoid disappointment!
Simply, The Best
During a recent MDT assessment above-the-knee amputee John, who uses portable oxygen, attempted to demonstrate the 8 (!) stages required to put on his existing prosthesis, leaving him completely exhausted.
The Pace team took a 'keep it simple' approach with a new device.
His prosthetist Paul designed a novel prosthetic socket that incorporated multiple Revo-fit adjustment mechanisms. This reduced putting on the prosthesis to just 2 simple stages, but more importantly required significantly less energy, enabling John to then stand & actually walk with his frame.
As he test drove the new prosthesis around the clinic for the first time, he was asked what the furthest he had walked as an amputee. "This is!" he beamed.
Just two weeks later, John reported that he was walking indoors unaided! A fantastic outcome!
Please feel free to contact us, to discuss your specific prosthetic requirements.
This FREE day is on Tuesday June 5th at Pace Chesham (Bucks).
The program will focus upon how we deliver our multidisciplinary services to achieve best outcomes for our amputee patients.
Commencing at 11am, with pre & post-op interventions, with live demonstrations, as we follow the patient pathway (including the lumps and bumps along the way), through to 3pm (more details).
Contact us by 31st May 2018 to register your attendance (places are limited).
Working My Way Back
Recently several Pace patients have returned to work, through the support of our specialist vocational rehabilitation services.
One above-the-knee amputee has begun a phased return to his role within the construction industry, after 4 years of recovery & rehabilitation.
A successful worksite visit with the patient, his employer & Pace's Occupational Therapist (OT) was completed 17 storeys up on a large construction site!
He was warmly welcomed back on site by his fellow colleagues. Fantastic!
Some of other lower limb amputees have found new work roles, having chosen or been unable to return to their pre-injury job.
One female patient was approached to work with a specialist building company to apply her ‘flair’ and experience, to guide other individuals with disabilities in adapting their homes.
Other patients are exploring, or have found, new roles in areas such as security, teaching & beauty therapy.
The vocational redirection service offers Pace patients a program of OT support, to guide them in exploring new work pathways as an amputee & helps them identify their abilities & transferrable skills, together with confidence in job application & interviews.
To discuss the support we offer with return to work, contact Kay McArthur.
Blinded by the Light
A good, closefitting prosthetic socket can significantly effect the perceived weight of the device for the user.
However, with careful and skilled manufacture & provision, a lightweight complete device can be achievable.
This recent example (left), incorporates an Össur Cheetah Explore foot & tips the scales a mere 1.1 kilograms (2.6 lbs)!
Several members from our clinical team spent most of last week taking in the OT World Conference and Exhibition in Leipzig (Germany).
As one of the biggest rehabilitation events any where in the world, it offers an opportunity to keep at the forefront of our field both in terms of product development & science.
Two items of particular interest were Naked Prosthetics products, offering a functional solution for partial hand amputees (pictured left), & an update on osseo-integration, a treatment principle that continues to gather momentum, particularly in the UK (see below).
Osseo in the UK
Osseo-integration surgery for upper & lower limb amputees is now available in the UK.
Several surgical teams, operating with renowned international surgeons, are now able to carry out procedures without the need for overseas travel.
At Pace we continue to provide support for a growing number of individuals who have opted to undergo this technique.
A recent Pace patient has participated in a whole week of activities, aimed at progressing her prosthetic competence.
Over 5 days, she had prosthetic fittings, gait & functional training, strength & conditioning, Pilates & massage.
Another week is organised for trying more new activities; running, cycling, horse riding and climbing.
Pace therapist Rosie Carr said, "Although an intensive week is not for everyone, some people really benefit from staying over and challenging themselves, whilst their prosthesis is completed. Its a real team event."
In this instance, the patient was provided with a flexible, less intrusive design of prosthetic socket.
The U-FlexSIV socket is one of a selection of socket designs that Pace clinician utilise to provide a patient with a comfortable and functional interface, undeniably the most important aspect for a the user.
Get The Balance Right
Below-the-knee amputee Jozef Metelka continues to astound us with his achievements, including ascending mount Elbrus (5048m above sea level),
But recently, whilst training in the gym, he demonstrated some incredible core strength & balance which enables him to push the boundaries.
As you may have seen yesterday on Twitter, or in The Mirror, above-the-knee amputee patient Leah was in clinic trialling a running prosthesis.
She tweeted, "First time running since my accident, it felt amazing!"
Holding Out For a Hero
Pace is delighted to apply its considerable upper limb experience & offer the Hero arm, from Open Bionics, for suitable patients.
Please contact us to arrange an assessment or to discuss your needs.
Let's Get Physio
Pace Physiotherapist Carolyn Hirons shares the stage with internationally renowned therapists Bob Gailey and Lisan Scheepers to consider the use of standardised outcome measures across the industry worldwide.
This is the inspiration of prosthetic company Össur, in collaboration with BACPAR (British Association of Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation).
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