Health and wellness

Patient Test Drive - 2011

Sierra Orthopedic Labs hosted a special clinic at our Santa Rosa office on April 13th, during which time patients could try out the latest advancements in prosthetic technology. Patients were able to try Microprocessor Controlled Knees, Dynamic Response Feet, Myoelectric Arms, and Advanced Socket Technology free of charge.

If you are interested in trying out the latest in Prosthetic & Orthotics technology free of charge, please call 1-800-315-9808.

View pictures from our Test Drive.

The WalkAide Test Drive!

We are excited to be featuring the:

  • The WalkAide System!
  • Custom Molded Corrective AFOs

Do you work with patients that have been affected by drop foot due to a stroke or MS? Have you heard about the new exciting WalkAide System?  The WalkAide uses functional electrical stimulation to restore typical nerve-to-muscle signals in the leg and foot, effectively lifting the foot at the appropriate time. For appropriate candidates, Walk Aid users would not require use of an AFO.

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National Limb Loss Awareness Month Raises THE Question: Are you at Risk?

Knoxville, TN, March 16, 2011 – Each day 507 people lose a limb, largely to vascular-related diseases, and 60 percent are preventable. The Amputee Coalition, a national nonprofit based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is on a mission to increase awareness about limb loss prevention and about those living with limb loss.

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West Coast Myoelectrics Open House January 27th

Welcome to West Coast Myoelectrics, your technology leader in the Orthotic and Prosthetics Industry.

Sierra Orthopedic Laboratory is pleased to announce the opening of our new division of our prosthetics and orthotics family, West Coast Myoelectrics. As we are always looking for new and exciting products to offer our patients, West Coast Myoelectrics will allow us to introduce new products and service that are the most Hight Tech and Advanced in the O&P industry today.

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More Than 2,000 Babies Are Born Each Year With Limb Difference

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network have published a new study presenting updated national prevalence estimates for select birth defects from 2004 to 2006. The data shows that more than 2,000 babies are born in the U.S. each year with differences in either arms, legs or both.

“Children born today with limb difference can completely thrive,” said Kendra Calhoun, president & CEO of the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA). “Advancements in prosthetic devices and more open minds in communities across the country open doors for these youth in ways that a decade ago may not have been available.”

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Amputee Coalition of America's Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp

What a year of celebration and successes for the Amputee Coalition of America's Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp! We have much to be excited about this year. This year we were able to successfully fund 100 youths to attend the 11th annual camp in July. The 2011 camp dates will be announced in November.

The Amputee Coalition of America's Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp is a 5-day traditional summer camp experience for children ages 10-17 who have lost arms and/or legs or who were born with limb differences. The camp offers challenging activities that build campers' confidence regardless of skill level.

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American Heart Association Saving Strokes Health Fair

Save the Date – Tuesday, October 5, 2010 for the Saving Strokes Health Fair

Saving Strokes – Health Fair will be held at Foxtail Golf Course in Rohnert Park, located at 100 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park, CA. The event is sponsored by the American Heart Association.

Drop by and visit Sierra Orthopedic Labs. We will have a booth featuing The Walk Aide Sytem, and many Orthotic devices.

Sierra Orthopedic Labs is locate at 50 Montgomery Drive in Santa Rosa, California.

We have four locations throught the Bay Area (Santa Rosa, Marin, UIkiah, Clear Lake).

Motorcycle Accident Survivor Defies Odds and Walks Again with the Help of the WalkAide

Fort Worth, Texas — On February 14, 2006 Cleburne-resident Barry Callaway’s life changed in an instance when he was involved in a motorcycle accident that landed him in a coma for two months. Callaway was told by his doctor that he would never walk or talk again due to a brain injury suffered in the crash; but after spending a total of four months in the hospital and then another two months in a rehabilitation center, Callaway has defied all odds.

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Orthotics & Prosthetics and Athletes

Orthotics and Prosthetics Experts Use New Materials to Let Injured Athletes Play

Athletes can play even with fractured bones, thanks to new light-weight braces. The braces are made from a combination of plastic and carbon that is heated to become soft and then molded into perfect-fitting shapes.

BLACKSBURG, Va.--When the star player of a sports team gets hurt, the whole team can suffer. Now, a new, high-tech approach to protect fragile bones can get injured players back into the game.

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Communicating with Medical Professionals

It’s easy to assume that medical professionals are the ones in the driver’s seat when it comes to healthcare management.  However, patients are in a unique position to take control over their plans.  Here are some ways individuals can be pro-active:
 
Write questions and concerns down prior to medical office visits and make sure that all points are reviewed.  Writing down the answers to questions is just as important as writing down the questions.
 
Don’t be shy.  Medical professionals are talented, but they aren’t mind readers. Often times, they are relying on feedback from the patient. 
 

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