Healthy Super Bowl Snack Choices

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Super Bowl XLIX is just a few days away. For many people, it is the second largest food consumption day of the year behind Thanksgiving. While indulging every now and then can be okay, here are some recipes that can help keep the calorie count down while still enjoying some tasty treats.

Avocado and Corn Salsa

Apple Nachos

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Stuffed Cucumber Cups

Let us know if you try any of these and how they turn out!

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Infinite Socket™ from LIM Innovations

EastPoint is excited to join in a clinical partnership with LIM Innovations, allowing our patients access to the newly released Infinite Socket™.  This socket design encompasses versatility and customized comfort for a fine-tuned fit that is patient specific.  The advanced design of the Infinite Socket™ allows patients increased comfort and function that they can adjust on their own.

While LIM Innovations may eventually release additional options, the Infinite Socket™ is designed for transfemoral amputations. The unique characteristics of this socket include a micro-tensioning system, a soft and adjustable brim, a flexible distal inner liner, a telescoping ischial seat, formable thermoplastic carbon-fiber struts and an adjustable base.

The success of this socket has been outstanding! It has truly revolutionized the lives of the patients who tried it.  We are looking forward to seeing even more positive outcomes in the future.

For more information or to find out if this socket is right for you, please contact Brent at our Raleigh location.

Some short video accounts of some of our patients’ experiences:

A Patient Gives Feedback on the LIM Innovations Infinite Socket from William Wright on Vimeo.

 

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Choosing a Prosthetist – What You Need To Know

Does it really matter who I choose as my Prosthetist? How big of a difference could it actually make? Well…the truth is, you would be surprised how different your outcome could be if you don’t do your homework. Everything from credentials to communication, availability and of course a good fit should be considered. In the end, choosing the right prosthetist is an important decision that ultimately is up to you. A doctor’s recommendation can be a great place to start, but there are many other factors to consider before you move forward. It’s a great idea to do your research, ask questions, and even take the time to meet the Prosthetist before your decision is made.

Factors to Consider:

Credentials: Is he or she certified by the American Board for Certification? How much experience does this person or company have?

Proximity: All prostheses require follow-up appointments. How far is their office from my house? Do they offer mobile services that can save me time and money?

Communication: Does this person listen and communicate well? Is it easy to talk to them? Do I feel comfortable asking questions? Are they willing to operate through a team approach with my doctor, therapist, and/or caregivers?

Availability: How easily will I be able to get in touch with them for appointments? Who will I call if I have any complications?

Insurance: Will their company accept my insurance? If my device needs a prior-authorization, who will make sure one is received? What will be my out-of-pocket expenses? Do they offer payment plans?

Recommendations: Are there any reviews or recommendations I can find from current patients? (social media or word-of-mouth)

Updated Knowledge: Is this person well informed regarding the latest options, materials, components and research?

Each patient is unique, and finding just the right fit takes time, patience, skill, and open communication. You must be able to express to your prosthetist your lifestyle needs, activities, and goals. Make sure they understand what factors are a priority to you. Your prosthesis should fit comfortably and simply be a tool that helps you function more effectively, not something that slows you down or causes any pain. With a well-fit prosthesis and the right Prosthetist by your side, you really can achieve excellent outcomes in mobility.

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Christmas Time is Here

It’s that time of year again – Christmas!!! It’s a mixture of hustle bustle, excitement, joy and delicious food! Christmas is also a time many families search for new ways to make special memories.  Our State magazine recently posted two articles with excellent ideas for NC Christmas traditions and unique Farm-to-Table restaurants worth trying.  Enjoy the list and let us know if you tried any of these ideas or places for the first time this year or your thoughts if you have already been to any of them. Merry Christmas!

Quintessential Tar Heel Christmas Experiences: https://www.ourstate.com/christmas-events-2014/

6 N.C. Farm-to-Table Restaurants Worth a Visit This Winter: http://www.ourstate.com/farm-to-table-winter/

 

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Touch The Sky

Alex Zanardi, a man of resilience.  He was a former Formula 1 and winner of the American Champ Car series, and now is a double amputee due to a nearly fatal accident.  See more about his inspiring story here in this short clip.

http://vimeo.com/105550166

He also recently completed the Hawaii IRONMAN World Championship – unbelievable!

https://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/alex-zanardi-is-now-an-ironman–proving-legs-will-never-beat-heart-164550278.html

 

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Guatemala Prosthetic Clinic 2014

Brent, from our Raleigh office, and a team of helpers just recently returned from their 2014 Guatemala Prosthetic clinic.  As always, what an amazing trip! During this week-long clinic, they were able to deliver 26 new prosthetic devices (21 above-the-knee, 3 below-the-knee & 2 arms) and 3 orthotic devices.  They also followed-up with 7 repairs from previous patients.  Whew!

Each patient had their own unique story and getting to know each one was a real treat for the team.  On the first day, one of the patients came in with a below-the-knee prosthesis he had made himself.  While he was definitely in need of a new one, they were amazed at how well he had done coming up with the design on his own.  Brent suggested the team could use an extra hand in the lab since there was so much work to be done, so they offered this patient a job for the week.  He was thrilled!  He came every morning and stayed all day until dinner.  He was a quick learner and it was very helpful to have an extra set of hands around.  He received his new leg mid-week, an orthoses on his other leg and he was so pleased!

One of the most fun parts of the clinic is kids day.  While the team enjoyed meeting all the kids, it is extra special that many of the pediatric patients are dear friends now as they have returned each year due to growth.  Many of the amputations are a result of birth defects, some to accidents and some to cancer, but regardless the cause, it is so heartwarming to see the kids WALKING away with a huge smile on their face.

What a treat for the team to have the opportunity to lead these clinics, and in the end, it’s the team that walks away actually feeling more blessed just from the time spent getting to know these wonderful Guatemalan friends.

Below are a few pictures and you can click this YouTube link for a short video summarizing the trip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kje4S_4RKs

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A Team Approach to Your Health

A few weeks ago, one of our friends had a revelation.  For over 50 years she has struggled through the challenges of being a diabetic, countless insulin injections, many stays in the hospital, and now, her most dreaded fear, dialysis.  Yet recently, during this difficult time of dialysis, she had her greatest revelation.  She said for all those years she always relied on the expertise of doctors to treat each issue as it arose, but never considered how SHE was supposed to be part of that equation too! She didn’t fully understand HER part in treating her condition.  For the first time, it fully resonated with her that doctors can only do so much. Without her cooperation and active participation in her health, their efforts would never lead to full healing.  It was a wake up call! With this new understanding, she has made significant changes in her food choices, exercise habits and more.  Now her only regret is not realizing all of this sooner, when it could have made an even bigger difference in her quality of life for a greater number of years.

This story resonated with us because too often we see a disconnect between patients and the variety of medical professionals who are helping them.  We feel it is not only important, but absolutely critical to approach prosthetic and orthotic care with a TEAM APPROACH.  A collaboration involving doctors, patients, physical therapists, care takers, and prosthetic/orthotic clinicians.  We strive to have open lines of communication.  This commitment is one of the reasons EastPoint is one of the only providers to offer mobile services.  Not only is it convenient for the patients, but, for example, when we can actually join the patient while they are with their physical therapist we are able to better understand their needs and address issues right away.  When mobile services are not available, we are still committed to being open and available to talk with the other key parts of the healthcare team and work together to create the most productive outcomes possible.

We realize, however, our role is only one part of the equation. If you have not already, we challenge you, like our friend I mentioned before, to consider how vital your own part is in managing your healthy outcome.  What can you do or change to improve your situation, and how can others involved in your healthcare help? Please contact us any time if you have concerns or questions.  We want to help you become the best and healthiest version of yourself that you can be.

 

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Oh no! I see a flat spot on my baby’s head!!

So many parents face this situation and suddenly begin to panic, but rest assured this is a common problem and can often be resolved without extreme measures.

The frequency of this concern for parents began to increase in 1992 when the “Back to Sleep” campaign suggested lying an infant on their back in their crib instead of on their tummy in effort to decrease the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).  While the American Academy of Pediatrics does feel the campaign has led to decreased instances of SIDS (1),other research indicates a correlation in the rise of plagiocephaly (flat spots) (2) due to the campaign. Nevertheless, some feel this is a small price to pay for keeping infants alive.

It would be shortsighted to place all the blame on the “Back to Sleep” campaign though.  Numerous other factors can be at play such as a restrictive uterine environment, torticollis (muscle stiffness in the neck), infant carriers, bouncy seats and swings (3) to name a few.  While some of these factors may be avoided, others are entirely out of a parent’s control.

The article below from kidshealth.org has great information on positional plagiocephaly, along with some excellent tips for repositioning techniques that may solve the problem without medical intervention.

http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/sleep/positional_plagiocephaly.html#

At EastPoint Prosthetics and Orthotics, we offer advanced scanning technology for cranial shaping helmets.  Unlike some other methods that can be uncomfortable or scary for your child, our kinderBAND™ scanner can be used while your child is sitting on your lap!  If you have any concerns, talk with your child’s doctor for a prescription to get a scan. We have an excellent track record of successful outcomes.  Most parents of our patients feel the sacrifice of time spent in the cranial helmet far outweighs the future benefits for their child.  While there are some who may dispute the need or effectiveness of this process, we have seen the proof in our own patients.  Here is an additional resource explaining effectiveness of the cranial reshaping process. http://www.oandp.com/articles/2014-08_04.asp

For more information about our Raleigh area cranial helmet provider, you can call (919) 844-7897. 

For our Eastern NC cranial helmet provider, call (252) 522-3278. 

 

Cited Sources:

1. http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/Profile-of-SIDS-Risk-Shifts-After-Launch-of-Back-to-Sleep-Campaign.aspx

2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9086896

3.http://www.cranialtech.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=72:plagiocephaly-causes&catid=37:what-is-plagiocephaly&Itemid=79

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