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Amputation Rates Down, Especially For Seniors...

Trends in the rate of diabetes-related nontraumatic lower extremity amputation rates have sharply declined since 2000 among people aged 75 years and older, women and whites.

Although follow-up data provided by researchers at the CDC reveal an increase in the total number of nontraumatic lower extremity amputation hospitalizations — 54,738 in 1998 to 65,714 in 2006 — the age-adjusted discharge rate showed a slight decline from 1998 (7.3 per 1,000) to 1997 (7 per 1,000) and decreased by 7.8% per year until 2006 (3.5 per 1,000; P<.01).

There was a similar pattern for people aged 74 years and younger, with declining rates in the mid-90s by about 7% per year (P<.01).

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Happy New Years!

As 2013 comes to an end, the employees at Sierra Orthopedic Laboratory would like to take a moment to thank all of our current patients and referrals for a great year. As we began a new year, we look forward to providing the same high quality care that you have been accustom to for the past 34 years. We truly appreciate your confidence and business, and wish you and your family a Happy & Healthy 2014!

BORP (Bay Area Outreach Program) opeing day is September 14, 2013

September 14 is BORP Opening Day 2013.  The public is invited to come out and watch and play Paralympic Sports including Wheelchair Basketball, Goalball, Adaptive Cycling, and Power Soccer.  Information will be available on all BORP programs including the BORP Fitness Studio, Sled Hockey, Adventures & Outings, Veterans’ Outreach, the Revolution Ride and more!

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Happy Labor Day From Sierra!

Happy Labor Day from all of us at Sierra Orthopedic Laboratory.  We want to take this time to thank all of our patients and referrals who work with us throughout the year.  We hope you all have time to take it easy and relax this holiday weekend.

Another Happy Patient!

Combining some creativity with advanced material sciences,we are able to customize the device both aesthetically and functionally resulting in optimized comfort and BLING! The patient chose the pattern for their new socket, and we made it happen.

April is National Limb Loss Awareness Month

There are approximately 1.9 million people in the United States with some form of limb loss. It is estimated that one out of every 200 people in the U.S. has had an amputation. Some amputations are the result of injury or disease; others are born with a limb difference. Losing all or part of a limb is a life-changing event that can cause grief and decreased self-esteem. A person with an amputation loses part of his or her physical self and the change in appearance is final. Grieving, therefore, is both normal and expected. In spite of the challenges with amputation, many people with limb loss do adapt to lead normal, productive, happy lives, working, enjoying hobbies, and raising families.

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Happy Earth Day 2013!

All of us at Sierra Prosthetics and Orthotics want to wish you and yours a Healthy and Happy Earth Day!

Changing Lives, One Patient at a Time!

Another Happy Patient!

We strive to be the best at Sierra Orthopedic Labs. Here is a letter that we just received from a satisfied patient. Check out the image below.

Changing Lives, One Patient at a Time!  

Wishing You a Happy Easter!

The employees at Sierra Prosthetics & Orthotics want to wish you and yours a blessed and Happy Easter.

Scoliosis: What Parents Should Know and What to Look For

More often than not, when I am doing an initial evaluation of a patient for scoliosis, a parent will ask, “Is there something I could have done to prevent this from happening to my child?” The majority of the time the answer to the question is, “No.” That being said, I usually go on to explain the different types of scoliosis, what is happening to their child anatomically, and more importantly the types of orthoses designed to treat their specific type of scoliosis.

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