Prosthetic Patient Experience

  • At NovaCare Prosthetics & Orthotics, we believe patient education is essential. We will educate you on socket systems, suspension options and componentry selection. We encourage you to participate in the design process. We will be honest about your expectations and assist you to set reasonable goals.

    We offer a team approach to patient care with your primary practitioner as lead, allowing for seamless follow-up care. Our team extends beyond the office to include physical therapists, doctors, peer counselors and support groups. Timelines and frequency may vary depending on the experience level and time post-amputation.

    We have great working relationships with many manufacturers. Our practitioners and technicians think outside the box in developing new techniques in manufacturing and socket design.
    We are excited to work with you and help you manage your prosthetic care!

    What to Expect

    Evaluation – A prosthetic evaluation is performed each time a patient needs a new prosthesis or socket replacement. A thorough evaluation is an essential first step in choosing the most appropriate plan of prosthetics management to meet your needs and achieve your goals.

    Before the physical evaluation begins, we take time to get to know you. We ask important questions about your hobbies, daily activities, family life, associated health concerns and your living environment. A physical evaluation will be conducted consisting of limb shape and condition, general muscle strength and flexibility and gait mechanics. We will discuss your goals and work with you to maximize functionality and independence.

    Cast/Scan – The first step in making the prosthesis is obtaining an impression of the residual limb. The impressions will be captured by hand casting with plaster, digitally scanned or measured. The model will be modified to obtain appropriate weight bearing characteristics and shape required for a proper fit.

    Fittings – Multiple fittings are utilized to ensure the socket and components will be optimized and allow you to meet your full potential.

    Delivery – The prosthesis will be completed with all definitive materials and components. Fit and alignment will be verified and necessary adjustments will be made. We will refer you to a therapist for continued training and continue to monitor your progress through frequent follow-up care.

    Follow-up and rehabilitation – Our practitioners will assist you to coordinate your complete prosthetics and orthotics rehabilitation experience. This includes follow-up, often in-person at the rehabilitation facility. We will help you find the correct therapist to meet your needs as well as any referrals and support groups you may need throughout the process.

    We realize goals may change as your confidence improves. In addition, your body and residual limb will continue to evolve. We will manage you through it all until it becomes necessary to replace sockets or components. At this point in time, the prosthetics evaluation process repeats itself.