Although we are in research and development of new technologies,
we listen to what our client needs first:
Below are some of the areas we are working on.
Intact Limb Pain
Overuse syndrome is well documented in amputees, where additional and atypical amounts of time and pressure are borne down through the intact limb. Over time, this can and will cause early degeneration of the lower back, hip, knee and ankle resulting in discomfort and other complications. This becomes even more important if there are injuries to the intact limb, which make it even more critical that the prosthesis be designed to evenly bear the load and smooth out every step in your gait.
There are few things in life more frustrating than back pain. Walking with a poorly fit prosthesis or with sub-optimal gait habits can cause long term structural changes in the body that will result in muscular pain and eventually long term neurological pain. Most users of a prosthesis will at some time encounter back pain due to compensation for the loss of your limb. The socket, the technology, the training, and the breaking of bad gait habits are all essential to address the issues that cause back pain.
If you experience any of these issues, there is a good chance that it is not properly aligned. Over the months and years of use your limb may have subtle changes that reduce your control of the prosthesis. If however your socket fits well and you are comfortable then there is likelihood that the “alignment” of your prosthetic components are not optimized. If you are experiencing what feels like rotation of a knee or foot, a sensation of walking on the edge of your foot, or feel like you have a hitch in your step then adjustments are likely needed to your prosthesis to remedy the issue. MCOP’s skilled team works to optimize prosthetic performance and alignment and make adjustments before they begin causing problems.
General Fatigue and Reduced Mobility
If you are struggling with fatigue when walking or when entering and exiting a seated position, some of this may be due to your prosthesis. Whether your goal is to simply stand up with confidence, walk around the house, or run a 10K, your prosthetic plays a large role in your ability, and should not hold you back.
Irritation and Skin Issues
Research has shown that as many as 74% of amputees have skin issues associated with prosthetic wear1. Sometimes these are minor and do not effect use, but oftentimes if the cause is untreated they progress to a new level.
If you feel rubbing in your prosthesis, that is the result of mechanical friction and pressure combined which can cause irritation and skin issues. Socket shape and fit along with stabilizing the soft tissue are all important to prevent this and preserve the long term health of your skin. If you experience liner or skin breakdown you should be even more concerned. A stable socket environment protects you and the liner both equally, and breakdown is the result of issues with the socket.
Proper socket fitting requires a skilled clinician and a plan tailored to your unique needs. Without a sound clinical plan, socket fitting can take far too long, yet still provide little in the way of improvement and comfort. Ask yourself, is your current socket:
Easy to put on and take off?
Wearable all day without causing irritation or discomfort?
Giving you full and complete control of the prosthesis?
If your answer to any of the above questions is no, you should consider other options.