Bouldering in Joshua Tree

Bouldering in Joshua Tree
Ronnie 15 feet off deck on the classic White Rastafarian.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Used Prosthetic Knees and Feet - We need help!

My time here at Prosthetic and Orthotic Associates has really been eye opening. I have been in the position as a prosthetist where we are financially lucky enough to not have to turn any amputee away. We will treat patients without insurance or with financial needs for free because it is the right thing to do. They are treated exactly the same as our patients with insurance, with carbon fiber feet and hydraulic knees as well.

The cost of the socket is the part that is easy for us to do, but high activity prosthetic feet and knees can go in between $2,000 to $6,000. We have been using old and donated components for the past year, and have sucessfully fit over 20 "free" patients. Unfortunately our stockpile we had amassed has run dry.

                    Our stockpile of ancient or broken knees from over ten years of being in practice.

Our patients have been a huge part in making this happen, as they receive new components, they have generously donated their old components. In today's harder times, more and more amputees are without insurance, so our pro bono work has skyrocketed. 

If you yourself or anybody you know has any old prosthetic components lying around in their closets we desperately need the help. Please pass this note along to anybody who might be able to help.  There are lots of persons with amputations who could use your help, and I promise that we will fufill our end of the bargain and get them up and walking again in a kick ass socket from Prosthetic and Orthotic Associates.

One of the our patients we were able to help out recently, Tanya (AK/BK) celbrating her 21st birthday with the team!

Ronnie Dickson, Board Eligible Prosthetist
Prosthetic and Orthotic Associates
3160 Southgate Commerce Blvd #34
Orlando, FL 32806

1 comment:

  1. I wish you all the luck in the world collecting components for pro bono work, We here in the UK at have recently collect 100's of limbs which we are sending to third world for reuse as second hand or used components are not allowed to be used here. Great job you are doing.