Prosthesis only the tip of the iceberg

For HEINRICH GRIMSEHL rehabilitation is much more than simply fitting a patient for a prosthesis. He shares his thoughts What is a rehabilitation protocol and why is it so important? This is better explained by an example. Let’s say for example your leg was amputated below the knee, the wound...

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Dangers of Dr Google

With so much information available online, it can be difficult to pick the right products and solutions for you. HEINRICH GRIMSEHL points out the value of consulting the specialists Recently I visited a rehabilitation doctor’s consultation room. On her desk was a coffee mug with the following words on it: “Please...

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Dealing with the shock of amputation

It is traumatic to lose a limb, but there is also hope. Heinrich Grimsehl speaks to a few amputees Usually, if somebody asks you what is the worst thing that could happen to you, amputation rates among the top three. The idea of giving up part of your body can...

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Making fishers of men

With a little determination and creativity, a dream to fish was realised and a life-long friendship was formed Durban, 2000. “There is a wit ou in a wheelchair waiting to see you outside. He doesn’t want to come in. He’s in a hurry.” These were the words from my lab...

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I lost my leg, please treat me properly (Part 2)

In the second part of the series, Heinrich Grimsehl investigates the ideal socket fitment protocol Please be informed that this article is a follow up from my article in the previous edition of ROLLING INSPIRATION. The same disclaimer applies. This is simply my opinion. Also, this article should only be...

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I lost my leg, please treat me properly

Not all medical professionals perform quite as required – therefore you should know your rehabilitation landmarks. In the first part of this series, Heinrich Grimsehl explains some basic treatment protocols At the beginning of an article like this the disclaimers are important. You will soon see why. Everything in this...

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The “upside-down” knee

  A breakthrough in knee prosthesis technology has proven to be very good news for above-the-knee amputees Transfemoral amputees with especially short residual limbs are finally offered a prosthetic solution with incredible results. Just as the name suggests, the Very Good Knee, or VGK-S (S for short stump), is an...

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Rewire your nervous system

Phantom limb pain can be a frustrating challenge for amputees. Phantom motor execution, a new form of rehabilitation, could put an end to it for good Physical rehabilitation that involves the fitting of a prosthesis is not without its growing pains. The road to being fully mobile and functional can...

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