Improved Amputation Techniques
June 21st 2018
Improved amputation techniques are giving amputees with advanced prosthetic limbs a feeling of control comparable to that of their original arms and legs, according to new research out of MIT.
A team of biophysicists and engineers was able to create a natural-feeling prosthetic by taking a smarter approach to amputation. In this…
Central Central Minnesota Amputee Support Group
June 6th 2018
When: Thursday evening, June 21st at 5:30 PM
Where: St. Cloud – Great River Regional Library Array Community Room (105)
Why: Networking, peer support and information for those with limb loss in our local area
Coping with Emotions After Mastectomy
May 24th 2018
It can be hard — physically and emotionally — to adapt to changes to your body after breast cancer. Whether you’ve lost a part or all of your breast, it’s normal to mourn that loss.
Making Tough Choices: Reconstructive Surgery After Breast Cancer
Deciding whether to have breast reconstruction surgery after a…
Tummy Time: 5 Signs Your Baby Is Not Spending Enough Time On Their Belly
May 3rd 2018
By now, most parents are more than well aware of the dangers of putting their babies to sleep on their tummies, but not as many know just how important it is for them to spend some time on their stomachs when they're awake. Sure, "tummy time" is a term you're…
Exercising arms improves post-stroke walking
April 26th 2018
Canadian researchers have demonstrated that that arm exercises—specifically, cycling the arms—improves post-stroke gait. The authors said this is the first study to test the effect of arm training on post-stroke leg function, even years after the event. The results appear in the Journal of Neurophysiology.
Researchers recruited 19 patients, age 57…
Future Technology: Diabetic smart socks aim to prevent amputations
April 3rd 2018
A biomedical engineer has created the Siren Diabetic Sock and Foot Monitoring System. They’re smart socks made of Neurofabric™—a smart textile that can be manufactured on standard industrial equipment—and used to help people with diabetes avoid amputations caused by diabetic foot ulcers.
The Siren team with expertise in the biomedical, garment,…
Alternative and Complementary Rehabilitation Therapies
March 16th 2018
If a patient takes an interest in the therapy—whatever form of therapy it may be—that interest can help keep him or her motivated during recovery and provide an outlet beyond traditional post-amputation therapy, experts say.
Experts have been searching for alternative ways to keep patients with limb loss engaged and…
Money Vs. Mobility
March 7th 2018
Each year, 185,000 amputations occur in the U.S. Unfortunately, a common factor in most of these cases is financial stress. When I had my leg amputated at the age of 11, my parents and I had no idea just how expensive prosthetics or mobility devices are. After spending thousands on…
Central MN Amputee Support Group
December 21st 2017
All are welcome but please let us know you plan on attending, so there's adequate space and supplies :)
RSVP by 12/20/17
How Video Games Help In Prosthetic Rehabilitation
December 12th 2017
Virtual reality, custom video games, and commercially available video games (CAVGs) are gaining popularity as prosthetic rehabilitation tools. Gaming systems, including the Nintendo Wii, Sony EyeToy, and Xbox Kinect, and games like Dance Dance Revolution have been shown to encourage physical activity while improving rehabilitation outcomes in people with musculoskeletal…