What To Expect
We understand this whole experience is new to you; let us help guide you through your journey here with us.
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We want you to understand the process you will be going through. Below is a brief synopsis of what your time here will look like. For more answers, visit our Commonly Asked Questions page.
Here at Prosthetic Laboratories we understand that this whole experience is new to you. For that exact reason, we have decided to create a page that will help guide you through your journey here with us. Below you will get an idea as far as what it is like from start to finish as well as some questions and answers that we feel will help you adjust and know what to expect.
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When you are making the important decision of where to receive your orthotic care, it is essential to pick a facility with highly trained, experienced staff. After all, the level of care you receive will be vital to your quality of life going forward. Being one of the largest and well-known orthotic and prosthetic companies in the Midwest gives Prosthetic Laboratories, Inc. some crucial advantages. We have a growing team of knowledgeable orthotists, specialized in a variety of treatments, such as Scoliosis and Pectus Carinatum bracing, pediatric conditions, etc. We also have several locations in MN and WI, giving patients an option to choose the most convenient location for them. Having this variety allows our staff to focus on what is most important to them: their patients.
Prosthetic Laboratories has been built from a core foundation of outstanding patient care, provided by an amazing team of practitioners and administrative staff. Our facilities and our practitioners are certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics. Additionally, our staff continues their education and training throughout the year by attending product specific seminars, completing advanced coursework, and through in-house clinical trainings. You can count on our team to be up to date on any new advancement in technology or treatment options related to your needs.
All of our practitioners love sharing their knowledge and stories, so feel free to ask any questions you may have when you get the chance to meet them.
When you initially come in after your surgery the first step is to meet the practitioner that will be working with you. During this visit you will sit down to discuss goals you would like to set as well as tell us a little bit about yourself. Ex: What are you looking to accomplish, achieve, do? What are your expectations? What are your daily living activities? Hobbies?
During your initial evaluation/assessment you will undergo some standard testing to help determine your current strength and range of motion, while taking your measurements, and/or impression of a limb. Next we will develop/implement a plan of treatment to work on during your recurring visits; initial fitting and gait training. At any time you can observe examples and even try a sample prosthesis, all you need to do is ask.
During your initial fitting of the prosthesis we will check the initial fitting of the socket, we will also evaluate how everything is working with you bearing weight down on it and we will help you walk. During this portion of the visit we will make any necessary adjustments to alignment and fit. At this time we will also educate you on the application of the prosthesis, cleaning, and maintenance. We will also provide you with a wear schedule which allows your body to get acclimated to wearing and using your prosthesis.
During your follow up visits we will make sure that you are following your wear schedule and assist you with some gait training. At this time we will make any adjustments necessary to the fit and alignment that comes with increased use of the prosthetic as well as the fitting of your finished prosthesis. At this time we will give you supplies needed for your prosthesis to be able to use it in your daily life.
In conclusion, prosthetic care is a life long process. There may be numerous visits initially as needed to ensure optimal function, fit, and performance for you. Visits become less frequent as you progress.
Family members play a critical role in helping patients get through this time, and go on to thrive and live meaningful and successful lives. If you haven't done so, we encourage you to read through some of our most Commonly Asked Questions.