Myoelectric prostheses from LimBionics Gives David His Independence
Fifteen-year-old David was born with a rare genetic disorder, which causes his arms to be short, with no radius bones, and his hands to be very small and lacking in strength. This disability makes it challenging for David to do many of the things his peers are doing, like making a simple lunch, learning to drive, even dressing and caring for himself.
Myoelectric prostheses, externally powered artificial limbs controlled with the electrical signals generated naturally by one’s own muscles, seemed to be the perfect way for David to gain his independence. He and his family visited three different providers about developing prostheses; however, each was apprehensive about the amount of customization—and paperwork—required.
Then the family found LimBionics of Durham. LimBionics is working on customized myoelectric wrist and hand prostheses, with custom-laminated “forearms” through which David can operate the prostheses with touchpads using his own hands.
The development of this highly technical equipment requires creative problem solving and a great amount of collaboration with physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and his school. “Brittany at LimBionics of Durham has aggressively advocated and collaborated with all of the team to develop a strong foundation for David to succeed,” says David’s mom, Cathy, “not only with his prosthetics, but with how they will impact his life.”
The Patient’s Experience is Paramount at LimBionics
Brittany Stresing, owner of LimBionics of Durham, wants to design and fabricate the best prostheses and orthotic devices for her patients. But for her, ranking right up there with the quality of her products is the quality of her patients’ experience. She wants them to be comfortable, know their options and understand their care.
That’s because Brittany has been there. As a teenager with scoliosis, one leg longer than the other, and a form of spina bifida, Brittany had some good health care providers and some bad ones. “I remember distinctly after seeing some of the bad ones that I would never want anyone else to be treated that way,” she explains.
Part of what differentiates LimBionics in the industry is the time Brittany spends with each patient. She explains the treatment plan to them, the design of the prosthesis or orthotic brace, why it’s beneficial and how it works. She also makes sure the patient is comfortable with wearing it.
“Seeing people improve their quality of life and being able to be a part of that is what drives me,” says this passionate health care provider. “I get excited to see people strive for improvement and achieve it.”