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    Motorbike accident
  1. Yep I agree! Core is essential for amps. One problem that frequently contributes to the postural problem you are describing for AK amps can stem from how we bear weight in the socket and also the trim line. If the trim lines are not low enough at the rear of the socket, it pushes the glute upwards, which combined with us bearing most weight on the ischial tuberosity (bum bone), causes an anterior tilt of the pelvis. The anterior tilt then increases the curve of the lumbar spine which can cause back pain and an un-natural postural correction (belly sticks out, and amp leans back). The amp should work on core as the abdominal muscles have become weak and lengthened, and concentrate on pushing the pelvis back while drawing the abs in without changing breathing.
  2. Aw thanks Ian thats really nice of you to say mate :)
  3. Hi Sorry for the incredibly late reply but thought I'd add my opinion..... It takes loads of practice (Im an AK and a physio) but is possible if you have no additional functional limitations in yourself or in the prosthesis. IMO some things to do to help to reduce a limp should include: A very well fitting close contact socket as you need good awareness of where your foot is without visual feedback (socks, liners etc do not help in this case as they reduce proprioception but are obviously necessary for most of us) A professional assessment of the correct length of the prosthesis (dont go too short, try to match your sound limb) Lots and lots of balance training exercises (balance improves confidence) A long room with a full length mirror at the end (to iron out a limp you have to be able to see it yourself first!) Previously I've asked a patient to walk with a plastic beaker of water in each hand and avoid spilling any (this helps to limit hip hitching but the prosthesis has to be the correct length) Lots of amps dont swing the arms or rotate the trunk enough so this should be assessed, along with hip hitching which usually results from reduced trunk rotation, poor confidence in foot clearance, or a prosthesis which is genuinely too long There are a few more significant points too but its certainly possible with practice (if you have a reasonably good knee unit which is set up correctly too of course) In the past I've worked with people for a long time before they have noticed a limp and asked if I'd hurt my knee :)
  4. I've got one....cycling while standing on the pedals i.e. without sitting on the saddle. I'll be impressed if you can do that on a standard knee unit(not Bartlett tendon) It would help me to climb steeper hills without having to use this motor if I can work it out : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV1XVZFnj0k
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    Plie microprocessor knee

    Hi Ian yes thats true - that was my thought when I bought mine
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    Plie microprocessor knee

    Thats disgusting that they tried to charge you while it was under warranty and exactly my point, that the company is concerned with making money! The £2700 was from a post I remember on this site, someone had bought a second hand unit and was quoted the figure to provide the shin tube to suit his height. I am privileged enough to afford to have a C-Leg, however my annoyance stands with the fact that many amputees struggle with sub-standard components as a result of these prohibitive and unreasonable costs. I see what you're trying to say with your car analogy, however it does not cost 20 times more to manufacture a Bentley over a Fiat 500, so as you have illustrated you pay for the name and status that is provided with the bentley. The point i was previously making was concerning the development costs of technological components, there are many general products which have far greater technology than a C-Leg with much lower cost. I absolutely assure you that if someone introduced a knee which matched the C-Leg for a lower price, then they would magically be able to afford to reduce its price
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    Plie microprocessor knee

    I still dont feel that they can justify the expense. I can buy a brand new car for the same money which is much more technologically advanced and will have incurred far greater development costs. They recouped their development costs many moons ago. They charge because they can, if someone matched the product Im sure the price would come down. Otto bock charge £2700 for a shin tube on the C-Leg, its just an alloy tube with a strain guage!
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    Finding Mr. Right?

    1 year seems a bit soon to be making a decision about the rest of your life :) Theres no rush (unless of course for more religious reasons) enjoy your youth together and it will all fall into place if its meant to
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    Plie microprocessor knee

    Thanks for the info Im determined to find a better knee than the C-Leg so we can all stop being screwed by otto bocks ridiculous price :) To tell the truth I only really appreciate a reliable yield for slopes and stairs
  10. Hi sounds like a challenge... So its over 3 days at 20 miles per day, so you need to be up to walking for 10 hours per day without any soreness assuming you are at around 2mph pace(you will be sore for sure on the final day if you feel any pain in the first 2 days so your training needs to start asap) As previously stated the socket and liner are ultra important. If I was going to do this I would perhaps start with a distance of 1 mile walk 5 times in the first week, and increase to 2 miles for the following week and so on. If you increase the distance gradually and consistently it will allow the skin of your residual limb time to adapt. It would be a good idea to also do a little exercise on the prosthetic side to give you more strength and a slight increase in muscle mass gives an improved weight bearing area within the socket. Try Hip abduction (lift leg out to the side), adduction (squeeze a ball between knees), and bridging while lying on your back to strengthen the glutes, all 4x10 repetitions with 4-5 second hold, and 2 mins rest between sets Good luck!
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    New Year Thoughts

    Hi Dreamygirl The first few months after amputation really suck as you experience the emotional and physical insult. I remember 5 years ago (after an RTA) I couldnt bear to return to work before I could walk normally as I just couldnt let people see me that way. I was previously a strong and fit boxer, but after I felt like a shell of my former self and it consumed me. The fact is, you now have to take control of your feelings more than ever before. Sometimes people get back to normal activity as soon as possible and this has the purpose of helping to deal with it, but everyone is individual and you have to co-operate with how your feelings dictate. I do however believe that you need to feel proud of who you are, and when you set yourself goals it helps and gives a sense of accomplishment. You may have become 'different' from the majority of the population, but be proud of what you do in the face of adversity, set yourself goals and respect your difference as if you do, others will look at you with admiration and interest not pity. The standing/walking discomfort will ease with time (youre putting weight on an area thats not used to it and it has to adapt), and the exercises will get easier if you continue with them - they are designed to maintain strength and range of movement, one problem following amputation is the possibility of muscle contracture, this is where the muscle shrinks if it is not stretched and can leave you with a slightly flexed knee even when you try to straighten it (for BK amps its mainly the gastocnemius and hamstrings prone to contracture for anyone who is interested) Remember that in time and with determination, you will be able to do any activity you desire
  12. Hi, has anyone tried this knee? http://www.freedom-innovations.com/knees/index.html How did it go if so and how much did it cost?
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    C-Leg vs Rheo knee

    I've done a demo on the later Rheo 2 knee...(which is not as bulky and used by some knee disartic.) It feels really good when walking on level ground and gives an even more natural gait than the C-Leg, it feels awesome if you get the correct foot combination to suit you (and the knee) so try a few feet with it. I noticed is that it requires you to use the muscles of your residual limb more (mainly extension), and it requires more accurate foot placement when descending stairs or it does not yield consistently, which you would of course get used to in a week or 2 By comparison the C-Leg is very confidence inspiring as it always remains constant. Rheo feels more like an advanced knee and requires you to be more in tune with it which some people prefer, C-Leg doesnt require much input really which others may prefer (its limited on types of foot you can use with it though) All points noted, get a weeks trial on both as they give very different feedback and only you will know which suits you better (and they will give you a trial if you refuse to buy one without) Would be nice to hear your opinions on them too