Category: Prosthetics

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5 Ways The War Amps Helps Right Here in Barrie

One hundred years ago, a network of amputee war veterans returning from the First World War came home with a vision of serving other amputees and The War Amps was born. Over time, that vision has grown from supporting amputees who lost limbs in the line of duty to serving all Canadian amputees, including children.... View Article

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The History of Prosthetic Technology

Prosthetic technology has been around for over 100 years now. As of 1916, Caulfield Hospital located in Mebourne, Australia began treating amputee veterans and to this day, the hospital has a display of veteran-used prosthetics. This display is a constant reminder of how far we’ve come as an industry and a great visual representation of... View Article

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Caring For Your Prosthesis

To ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your prothesis, it is very important to care, clean, and maintain them. Here are 3 tips to keep in mind when caring for your prosthesis: 1. Clean Your Get Liner Rule of thumb – anything that is in direct contact with your skin should be cleaned as often... View Article

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Knee Braces: Off the Shelf or Custom Made

Which is better – off the shelf bracing or custom made bracing? This a question we are all too familiar with! Today we want to break down the advantages to both bracing options as we truly believe that each option has its perks for different scenarios. Let’s start with the easily accessible option: Off the... View Article

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FAQ: Post Amputation Surgery

Today we’re going to answer our top three most asked questions about post amputation surgery. If you’re looking for an overall outline on what you should expect post-surgery, check out this blog article written by our friend’s over at Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics. “What’s the best way to care for my residual limb?” It is important... View Article

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What is Osseointegration?

Established in the 1950s, the term osseointegration was founded by Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark when he discovered the integration ability of human bone and titanium metal. This breakthrough discovery played a large role in his career but an even bigger role in the future of prosthetics. Even now, osseointegration is used to attach artificial limbs to the human skeleton permanently. How does osseointegration... View Article

What I’ve learned over 20 years in Prosthetics & Orthotics

As Certified Orthotist/Prosthetist Amedeo Buri celebrates his 20 year anniversary with 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,... 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? Kawartha 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 sources... View Article

To Cover or Not to Cover… That is the Question

At Kawartha Prosthetics & Orthotics, we meet women and men of all ages, and all walks of life. Each and every individual we meet has their own story, and their own reason for becoming an amputee. One of the biggest areas of interest to our staff is cosmetic coverings for prosthetics. Some amputees like to be creative with... View Article