Entries by Darren Angerer

National Records Broken During 5th Annual Angel City Games

Athletes, Paralympians, and attendees came from across the country to attend the fifth annual Angel City Games at the University of California, Los Angeles, June 20-23. The Angel City Games is the premier adaptive sports festival in the Western United States, offering clinics, competitions and special events for people of all ages and skill levels […]

Proposed Legislation Would Protect Our Patients

The Center For Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) are working diligently on two pieces of legislation that will benefit the prosthetics and orthotic field and improve the quality of care for our patients. The first bill, the Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Patient Centered Care Act, will ensure […]

Amputees Express Interest In Surgeries To Restore Touch And Control

A recent study showed that amputees may be willing to undergo further surgery in order to regain some of what they have lost. Researchers surveyed people with amputations to establish their willingness to undergo surgery that would restore their sense of touch and provide better movement control. The interest in the surgery was found to […]

Caloric Needs of Amputees

Do amputees need more calories or less than individuals without an amputation? It’s an important question that you should talk to your physician and prosthetist about, especially if you already are carrying extra weight or are a diabetic. It’s also a surprisingly complex question that doesn’t have an easy answer. Your caloric intake need is […]

Neuroprosthetic Limbs: The Future Of Prosthetics

Neuroprosthetic technology that allows for articulate prosthetic limbs controlled by the brain is advancing rapidly. Every day, researchers at universities and private companies such as Elon Musk’s Neuralink announce new breakthroughs in mind-controlled technology. The technology is enabled by a brain-computer interface and it allows for input and/or output signals to travel between the brain […]

US Navy Amputee Inspires Others With Positive Mindset

A US Navy sailor who has been documenting his recovery online after having his leg amputated has said he is on “top of the world” after taking his first steps using a prosthetic limb. Sean Dougherty filmed the “game-changing” moment for his Instagram followers. Sean wrote: “It’s not much but my first few steps are […]

New Technology Could Lead To Solar Powered Prosthetics

In a paper published in the journal Advanced Science, a team of engineers from the University of Glasgow described how they used layers of graphene and polyurethane to create a flexible supercapacitor that can generate power from the sun and store excess energy for later use. The demonstrated the effectiveness of the new material by […]

Post-Op Pain Unrelated To Phantom Pain, Study Finds

Although pain management before amputation is important, the use of pre-emptive analgesia for prevention of phantom limb pain is controversial. A study published in the “Journal of Anesthesia” aimed to determine the factors associated with perioperative phantom limb pain. Researchers in the department of anesthesiology at Hirosaki University Graduate School reviewed the medical records of […]