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Continued: Study touts benefits of orthotics, prosthetics

  • Article by: JAMES WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 28, 2013 - 9:29 AM

A microprocessor controls the knee and smooths her gait. It was a more expensive device at the time, she said, but is now considered the standard of care. Many insurance companies and Medicare now cover the device.

Schneider said she feels much more stable and confident, going up and down hills and stairs and moving within a crowd. “It allows me to be fully active and to not even have to think about the fact that I wear a prosthetic knee,” she said.

Pitt Schneider, who has become a member of the Manasas, Va.-based Amputee Coalition’s board, said that fear of falling is the worst worry for those with lower limb prostheses. If patients have greater confidence, she said, they are more likely to continue therapy and keep improving.

“The results for the study very much ring true,” she said.

 

James Walsh • 612-673-7428

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