Category: Prosthetics

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The War Amps Celebrates 100 Years of Helping Canadians

One hundred years ago, a network of amputee war veterans returning from the First World War united together under the common goal to serve other amputees and The War Amps was born. Over time, their scope has grown from supporting amputees who lost limbs in the line of duty to serving all Canadian amputees, including... View Article

different styles and types of feet prosthetics. why the world war is so important to the prosthetic industry. kawartha prosthetic and orthotics

How The World War Helped The Prosthetic Industry

Many doctors, including ourselves, credit the world war for pushing the prosthetic industry to where it is today. Without the urgency and demands needed during the time of war, the prosthetic and amputation industry wouldn’t have advanced as quickly as it did. Now, we understand that the world war was a very scary time and... View Article

patient and professional fitting a custom made knee brace. kawartha prosthetics and orthotics. are custom made braces better?

Are Custom Made Braces Better Than ‘Off The Shelf’ Braces?

The short answer to this question is: No. Each bracing option is great for different reasons and purposes therefore, one is not better than the other! Now, we know that is probably not the answer you were looking for but let us explain more. Each bracing option has its perks and each one is used... View Article

5 basic stages after amputation surgery. post surgery advice from prosthetic professionals, kawartha prosthetics and orthotics.

What Should I Expect After An Amputation?

We can only imagine how you’re feeling right now. You’re feeling anxious, nervous, and a little concerned about how you’ll tackle daily tasks again with your residual limb and your prosthetics. We want to make this process easier for you by giving you a run-down on what you should expect post-surgery. 5 Basic Stages After Amputation Surgery:... View Article

laptop with crumpled paper and stethoscope. This is a young clinician's story on how she got in to the prosthetics and orthotics industry at kawartha PO.

How Katie Kalchman went from Student to Clinician

Katie Kalchman, Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics‘ very own clinician, shares how she started out in the industry – from student to professional. We hope her story inspires those looking or interested in taking part in this diverse industry, take a look at how Katie got to where she is today: “As a university student it can be... View Article

example of osseointegration on a patient's leg and man in dress pants standing wiith them. kawartha prosthetics, peterborough

What is Osseointegration?

Established in the 1950s, the term osseointegration was founded by Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark when he discovered the integration ability of human bone and titanium metal. This breakthrough discovery played a large role in his career but an even bigger role in the future of prosthetics. Even now, osseointegration is used to attach artificial limbs to the human skeleton permanently. How does osseointegration... View Article

What I’ve learned over 20 years in Prosthetics & Orthotics

As Certified Orthotist/Prosthetist Amedeo Buri celebrates his 20 year anniversary with us, he takes a look back to where it all started- what has changed, and what has remained the same… July 01,1996. It was my first day of work at Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics. I started my internship under the supervision of Rob Gabourie,... View Article

Conductive Silicone

Silicone has made a huge impact on the prosthetic community over the last couple of decades. As an interface between the skin of the prosthetic user and the prosthesis, it has proved to be far superior to prosthetic socks in most cases. For upper extremity myoelectric users, conductive silicone is available for fabrication into a... View Article

The Financial Side of a New Prosthesis

Is it time for a new prosthesis, or maybe this is your first one. The dreaded question, how am I going to pay for this? Kawartha Prosthetics and Orthotics not only manufactures your prosthesis, but assists you through the entire billing process. I bet you didn’t know there are a wide variety of additional funding sources... View Article

To Cover or Not to Cover… That is the Question

At Kawartha Prosthetics & Orthotics, we meet women and men of all ages, and all walks of life. Each and every individual we meet has their own story, and their own reason for becoming an amputee. One of the biggest areas of interest to our staff is cosmetic coverings for prosthetics. Some amputees like to be creative with... View Article