A prosthetist, as defined by The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc., is a person who measures, designs, fabricates, fits, or services a prosthesis as prescribed by a physician, and who assists in the formulation of the prosthesis prescription after the loss of an extremity.
Capital Orthotics and Prosthetics is dedicated to providing a safe and encouraging environment for those who have experienced a loss of an extremity. Hearing about your experiences and your goals will be in the forefront of our initial visits with you, whether you have just lost a limb or have had a prosthesis for years. This valuable information will allow us to fabricate a prosthesis which best suits your lifestyle now and in future endevours.
According to the National Limb Loss Information Center In the United States, there are approximately 1.7 million people living with limb loss. It is estimated that one out of every 200 people in the U.S. has had an amputation. (NLLIC)
Each year, the majority of new amputations occur due to complications of the vascular system (of or pertaining to the blood vessels), especially from diabetes. These types of amputations are known as dysvascular. Although rates of cancer and trauma-related amputations are decreasing, rates for dysvascular amputations are on the rise. Incidence of congenital (present at birth) limb deficiency has seen little or no change.