Prosthetics

A prosthesis, or prosthetic, is an artificial device extension used to replace a missing extremity. Dickson Orthotics & Prosthetics specializes in Upper and Lower Extremity Prosthetics including, above the knee or below the knee. We design, fit, and fabricate all of our custom prosthetics at our on site, stat-of-the-art lab. This ensures quality craftsmanship with fast results.

Some of our services include

  • Pre-fitting Consultations
  • Case Management
  • Shrinker Sock Fittings
  • Limb Protectors
  • Early Post-Operative Prosthetic Devices
  • Initial Prosthetic Devices
  • Replacement Sockets and Components
  • Definitive Prosthetic Devices
  • High-Realism Finishing

 Selecting Your Practitioner

Selecting the right practitioner is an important decision. The prosthetic fabrication process requires multiple visits and it's important you feel comfortable. Here are things to consider when choosing your prosthetist.

  • How much training and experience does he or she have?
  • Tennessee requires all prosthetists to have a valid license. Does your prosthetist have a license in prosthetics?
  • Is your prosthetist board certified?
  • Is the prosthetic facility accredited?

We will ensure close communication with all healthcare providers involved including physicians, physical therapists, nurses, case managers, and social workers. We welcome you to come in and meet our staff, tour our facility, and experience the difference.  

Types of Prosthetics

Lower Extremity Prosthetics

  • Preparatory Prosthesis
  • BK (Below Knee)
  • AK (Above Knee)
  • KD (Knee Disarticulation)
  • HD (Hip Disarticulation)
  • Partial Foot

Upper Extremity Prosthetics

  • Functional and Passive Systems
  • Body-powered Systems
  • Microprocessor Systems
  • iLimb

Receiving Your Custom Prosthesis

The following will give you an idea of what to expect during the prosthetic fabrication process. Your physician will decide you are ready to begin the process when your residual limb and incision site are healed. Remember, everyone is unique and everyone's situation will be different. 

Evaluation and Casting

On your first visit we will get your information, including your medical history. We will then discuss the prosthetic options available to you by assessing your strength, activity level, and goals. Your practitioner will then assess your residual limb. If your residual limb is swollen, you may need to wear a shrinker for about a week. When your residual limb is ready, your practitioner will take measurements and cast your leg to start making your socket. 

Fittings and Alignment

During this visit you will be fit with a clear, plastic socket, that was made from the cast of your leg. This is called a "check socket" because it checks the fit of the prosthesis. At this time we will check the height and alignment of the prosthesis to ensure stability and comfort. Depending on this appointment, you may need another check socket made. 

Fitting and Delivery

During the appointment you will be fit with your new prosthetic. At this time you will be instructed how to properly put on and take off your prosthesis, how to care for your prosthesis, and how to check the skin on your residual limb. At this time you will be given a follow-up schedule to ensure your prosthesis is fitting correctly. 


If you have any questions about the prosthetic services we offer please call 615-740-0177. 

 

Dickson Orthotics & Prosthetics, LLC  |  127 Crestview Park Drive, Suite 104  |  Dickson  |  TN  | 37055 

Office: 615-740-0177  |  Fax: 615-740-1154

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