Custom Made Prosthetics in Chicago
If you’ve lost an arm, leg, or another part of your body, a prosthetic device can play a vital role in your rehabilitation. Getting an artificial limb can help improve your mobility and ability to perform day-to-day activities, making it possible for you to become independent again.
When you’re getting a prosthesis, it’s essential that you work with a reputable prosthetist who provides top-quality products that are highly functional, reliable, and durable. Discover your prosthetic options at Scheck & Siress in any of our Chicagoland offices.
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Prosthetic Arm and Prosthetic Hand
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Also known as an upper extremity prosthesis, a prosthetic arm or hand is an artificial device that replaces a partially or completely lost arm or hand. While it comes in a wide variety of designs, it typically comprises a socket, suspension, shaft, and an artificial hand or arm. Some prosthetic arms and hands are solely for cosmetic purposes, while others provide some functionality to enable you to perform certain upper-extremity tasks. At Scheck & Siress, we have a great selection of high-quality prosthetic arms and hands to suit different needs and preferences, including:
- Body-powered prosthetic arms and hands.
- Myoelectric prosthetic arms and hands.
- Activity-specific prosthetic arms and hands.
- Partial prosthetic hands.
- Prosthetic fingers.
Additionally, we offer cosmetic covers to give your prosthetic hand or arm a lifelike appearance and scheduled maintenance and repairs to help you keep your artificial limb in tiptop condition.
Prosthetic Leg and Prosthetic Foot
If you’ve undergone a leg or foot amputation, you can get a lower extremity prosthetic to get around more easily. This type of prosthesis is generally sturdier than a prosthetic arm or hand because it has to support your body weight. Usually made of carbon fiber and plastic for strength and flexibility, a prosthetic leg can be above or below the knee, depending on the location of the amputation. A prosthetic foot may resemble a foot or look like a hook.
The advancement of prosthetic technology has led to the development of bionic limbs, which are capable of delivering almost the same level of functionality as natural limbs. These artificial limbs work by detecting signals from your muscles. When you flex the muscles in your residual limb, the sensors in the prosthetics will pick up small naturally generated electric signals and turn them into intuitive, proportional bionic movements. For example, you can control a bionic hand by flexing the same muscles that are used to open or close a natural hand.
Some bionic prosthetic limbs use signals from the brain to create movements. These prosthetics involve implanting sensors into the residual limb, and they can be controlled with the mind. For instance, you can make your bionic leg move just by thinking about moving your leg.
The following is a list of bionic limbs available at Scheck & Siress:
- iLimb and iLimb digits.
- Symbionic legs.
- Genium knees.
- Power knees.
- BiOM feet.
Children may lose their limbs as a result of congenital conditions or emergency amputations. However, they’ll still be able to play and live like other kids with the use of pediatric prosthetics. At Scheck & Siress, we seek to provide child amputees with prosthetic limbs that enable them to just be kids and live happy, fulfilling lives.
In general, children can start wearing prosthetics at the age of 9 to 12 months. They should start using prosthetic limbs as soon as possible so that they’ll become used to wearing them early. As they grow, children need to have the sockets in their prosthetics replaced once a year or more. Also, adjustments have to be made to their artificial limbs regularly to keep up with their rapid physical growth.
We’re committed to developing pediatric prosthetics that can stand up to children’s active lifestyles. Our prosthetic limbs are specially designed to strike the perfect balance between comfort and function. Additionally, we offer activity-specific prosthetic limbs that enable kids to pursue their favorite activities, such as running, swimming, and sports.
Scheck & Siress Offers Top-Quality Prosthetic Solutions that Perfectly Meet Your Unique Needs
Every person who seeks a prosthetic solution at Scheck & Siress is an individual with unique needs, preferences, and desires. Whether you’re looking for a prosthetic hand that can aid you in your daily activities or a device that can help you perform better in a competitive sport, our prosthetists have the necessary expertise and experience to custom-build a prosthetic that perfectly fits your body and needs.
Many prosthetic providers are able to fill your prescription, but only a few have an expert clinical team that works closely with you, your doctors, and your therapists as a cohesive team. We’ll thoroughly evaluate your unique circumstances and collaborate with your physicians and therapists to determine the best prosthetic solution for you. Additionally, we’ll make sure you’ll receive the right therapy so that you can use your prosthesis to its full potential.
During the evaluation stage, we’ll first find out about your lifestyle, career, hobbies, and plans. Then, we’ll assess your strength level, range of motion, and general health, as well as the condition of your limb. On your next visit, we’ll take measurements of your residual limb and unaffected limb and take an impression with either plaster or fiberglass. After making a prosthetic according to your measurements, we’ll make sure the device fits you properly and feels comfortable.
The care we provide doesn’t end after you take your prosthetic limb home. You’ll receive clear instructions on how to properly use the device and a wearing schedule to enable your body to get used to it. Additionally, we’ll provide advice on how to keep your prosthesis in good condition. As you wear your prosthetic limb, you’ll likely have to return to our clinic for adjustments or minor repairs.
As you can see, Scheck & Siress goes to great lengths to ensure you’ll have the best possible prosthetic experience. While the process of getting a good prosthesis may not be easy, we’ll guide you every step of the way to ensure you’ll get the device you need to get back to normal life. Contact us today to find out more about our prosthetic services.