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CLINICAL UPDATE - WINTER 2014
Dennis G. Personifies the Can-Do Expression, "Attitude Is Everything!": Dennis, 57, is a below-knee and below-elbow amputee, but you would never know it from the life he leads - sportsman, a Professional Geologist, and having a passion for taking things apart and putting them back together again.
CLINICAL UPDATE - FALL 2014
Back On The Road Again: Cycle accident doesn't curb amputee's need to feel the wind.
CLINICAL UPDATE - SUMMER 2014
Cycle Rider Gearing Up to Ride Again: Avid motorcyclist Kristal C. was enjoying an outing with friends last July when she hit a literal unexpected bump in the road - a tar strip that threw her from her bike.
KIDS UPDATE - SUMMER 2013
Miracle Baby Makes Big Strides: Melissa S. calls her "my miracle baby." With good reason. To watch her walk, run, play, and dance, you wouldn't think little Demi Sutton was any different from any other three year old. But she has come a long way since her mom and dad, Melissa and Derek, were told by doctors that Demi may have lifelong physical disabilities and mental challenges.
CLINICAL UPDATE - WINTER 2013
Keeping Up With Sandy P.: Sandy P. has a daily schedule that would wear many people out just hearing about it. She's a full-time teaching assistant in the Scotia-Glenville Central School District, an after-school tutor, and a certified personal trainer at Precise Fitness and Training. In her "free" time, she's an avid hiker, biker and gardener. Oh yes, she also is an above-knee amputee at mid-thigh, but that doesn't slow her down a bit.
CLINICAL UPDATE - FALL 2012
Sampson's Offers Innovative Microprocessor-Controlled C-Brace®: By combining mechatronics (engineering disciplines, including electrical, mechanical, and computer) with state-of-the-art custom orthotic design, the C-Brace helps wearers to descend stairs, change speeds, walk with controlled knee flexion, and to move through life more smoothly and efficiently.
CLINICAL UPDATE - SPRING 2012
Sampson's Patient First in Capital Region to Have TMR Surgery: On December 11, 2010, John C.'s life changed forever when the vehicle he was driving crashed on the New York State Thruway. Trauma included the loss of his arm, broken ribs, and neck and back injuries. "The last thing I remember was a coughing fit and the helicopter ride to Albany Medical Center. I didn't even know I lost my arm until three days later," he recalled.
CLINICAL UPDATE - FALL 2011
Sampson's Offers Innovative Socket Design for Enhanced Comfort and Functionality: Bill Sampson, CP, president of Sampson's Prosthetic & Orthotic Laboratory, is the first prosthetist in the Capital Region to be licensed and trained to fit a new socket design for patients with limb loss – the High-Fidelity (HiFi) Interface, designed by Randy Alley, CEO and chief prosthetist of biodesigns, inc., a California-based high performance prosthetic company.
CLINICAL UPDATE - SPRING 2011
Sampson's Expertise Puts Erica Back on Two Feet with Unique Socket Design: Bill Sampson, CP, has been elevated to "prosthetic god" status, at least according to amputee Erica K. who used those words, albeit chuckling, to describe how good she felt after being fit with the Marlo Anatomical Socket, better known as MAS.
CLINICAL UPDATE - WINTER 2010
Amputation doesn't keep Jason K. from his passion of bronc busting: Take one determined cowboy, one bucking horse, a judge's score that counts points for the horse's bucking action and the rider's technical expertise, and you have the makings of classic rodeo saddle bronc riding.
CLINICAL UPDATE - FALL 2010
Sampson's Patient Fit with New Hydraulic Hip Joint System: Bernice D. has been a hip disarticulation amputee for most of her life after having lost her leg to an osteosarcoma bone tumor when she was 16 years old. She has never let her degree of amputation slow her down - she has a successful career and enjoys golf, kayaking, and swimming. However, Bernice recently found a higher degree of mobility and comfort with the Helix3D Hip Joint System from Otto Bock.
CLINICAL UPDATE - SUMMER 2010
Together Patient and Practitioner Score A Big Hit: Jaden B. is a boy on the go! Just six years old, Jaden loves to play and watch sports, he attends school, and he has big ideas about what he wants to be when he grows up. "It depends on the day," said his mother, Jennifer. "Some days he wants to be a ball player or a professional wrestler, some days he wants to be a tattoo artist or a police officer. He has a lot of ideas!" He sounds like a typical kid his age.
CLINICAL UPDATE - SPRING 2010
From Wooden Legs and Leather Straps to Vacuum Suspension: In the not too distant past, before carbon fiber, CAD/CAM design, computerized knees, energy-storing feet, and other high-tech innovations, prosthetic components were wood, leather, or metal with straps and belts for suspension, designs that had changed little since the Civil War. However, since the late 1970s, methods, materials, and technology have moved componentry to state-of-the-art, with no end in sight.