In this episode of the We're Not Stumped podcast, I drink through a fire-hose when I learn about Joe Fairley and what he does with 3D printing. To say this gentleman is impressive with his knowledge and background is an understatement. Joe is an ABC Certified Prosthetist & Board Eligible Orthotist, who has experience
In this episode of the We're not Stumped podcast, my guest is Dr. Levin Sliker. Dr. Sliker is Co-founder & CEO of Point Designs, an organization that specializes in finger/thumb prosthetics. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Point Designs was founded by researchers in the
Tim Bump, an Oregon native, grew up with a passion for exploring the outdoors alongside his interests in computers, cars, and medical mission trips. These diverse experiences fueled his desire to create, learn, and assist others, leading him to pursue kinesiology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA.During his college years, Tim played polo
A prosthetic provider, often referred to as a prosthetist or prosthetic practitioner, is a healthcare professional who specializes in the design, fabrication, fitting, and maintenance of prosthetic limbs and devices. These specialists work with individuals who have undergone limb amputations or were born with limb differences (congenital limb loss) to help them regain mobility and improve their quality of life.
The role of a prosthetic provider includes:
Assessment: They assess the patient’s specific needs, medical history, and physical condition to determine the most appropriate prosthetic solution.
Design: Prosthetic providers design custom prosthetic limbs or devices tailored to the individual’s unique anatomical and functional requirements.
Fabrication: They oversee the construction of the prosthetic limb, often working closely with prosthetic technicians and manufacturers to ensure precise fit and functionality.
Fitting: Prosthetists fit the prosthetic limb on the patient, making necessary adjustments to ensure comfort, functionality, and proper alignment.
Training and Rehabilitation: They provide guidance and training to patients on how to use and care for their prosthetic limb. Rehabilitation may also involve helping patients regain strength, balance, and mobility with their new prosthetic.
Follow-up Care: Prosthetic providers offer ongoing follow-up care and maintenance to ensure that the prosthetic limb remains in good condition and functions optimally. They may make adjustments or repairs as needed.
Education: They educate patients and their families about the prosthetic options available, the benefits, and limitations of different devices, and how to maintain their prosthetic limb.
Prosthetic providers play a crucial role in helping individuals with limb loss or limb differences regain their independence and improve their overall quality of life. Their expertise and dedication contribute to the successful adaptation and integration of prosthetic technology into the lives of their patients.
ABOUT THIS PODCAST
Congenital amputee Mike Bolland interviews other amputees, family members of amputees plus people in the prosthetic / support fields. These interviews are both fun and educational and nothing will be held back - no questions are off limits! Please use our contact form if you would like to be considered as a guest. We'd love to have you!
Season 2 Finale
Season 2 is in the books! In this season two finale episode, I have three main topics:
My thoughts on prosthetics: I am sick of how amputees who choose not to wear prosthetics are treated within the amputee community. I also get disgusted by prosthetic manufactures who dismiss certain people in the community in their sole mission to make a profit off amputees.
Amputee Workouts: I am looking for amputees like you who workout to come on the podcast to share your tips and tricks.
Calling all guests: Many amputees feel that their story isn’t worthy of sharing. I call BS on that, and I want you on. Now.