If you’re reading this, you probably already know that artificial limbs are expensive. And since they often need to be replaced during a patient’s lifetime, they aren’t a one-time cost.
But without a proper fit, these high-tech, high-cost appendages are essentially worthless—they are not only uncomfortable, but they can further injure a patient. That’s why a well-designed, perfectly-fitted prosthetic is essential.
New technology has brought us to the point where prosthetics can be conveniently shopped for, designed, and ordered entirely online. But is this the best route for amputees?
Read on to discover the benefits of a more traditional approach to prosthetics and what online prosthetic companies don’t want you to know.
1. Cheap prosthetics cost you in other ways.
There are companies that boast that they have the ability design and fit an amputee’s prosthetic online and then produce the artificial limb through methods like 3D printing. While this is often a quicker and more affordable process, prosthetics made under these circumstances often run into problems with durability.
Products like this are generally made of cheaper material and will likely break far more often than traditional prosthetics. You’ll end up paying more for replacements. And even more concerning, low-quality materials and a poor fit can cause discomfort or even further injury to your body.
2. An online experience isn’t truly customizable.
Our team knows that a good fit is essential for a successful prosthetic. To get the best fit, a prosthetic must be carefully customized to the specific patient’s body, injury, movements, and activities.
While modern technology allows measurements and fittings to create a custom prosthetic, it doesn’t compare to personally meeting with a prosthetics expert to produce an artificial limb uniquely fitted to you and your needs.
3. Online companies likely have less industry experience.
Online prosthetics companies might use cutting-edge technology, but they generally are newer to the game and have less industry experience and knowledge. Companies that take a more traditional approach to developing prosthetics often have many years of experience backing them. Fit-Well, for instance, has been a leader in the prosthetics industry since 1908 and has more than 100 years of prosthetics expertise.
4. Don’t underestimate the value of patient care.
While the Internet certainly offers a new level of convenience, it lacks the personal touch and focus on the patient relationship that traditional prosthetic companies have.
Whether you’ve been missing a limb your entire life or whether you’ve recently suffered an injury, finding a prosthetic can be an emotional journey. It helps to have a team to physically be with you to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and cheer you on every step of the way.
5. Your relationship with your prosthetist is an ongoing one.
In addition to the value of customer service and patient care, it’s important to consider the fact that your relationship with your prosthetist is an ongoing one. Artificial limbs need to be replaced after they begin to lose function. It’s well worth any extra time or money to work directly with a local expert you trust, rather than relying on an impersonal online system. Your local prosthetics company can more easily assist you if any problems arise with your prosthetic device, or they can work quickly to provide you any necessary replacements.
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If you have lost a limb and are living in Utah, don’t resort to cheaper methods or online companies. You deserve someone you trust and who will provide you the very best personal care.
Call the professional team at Fit-Well at 801-364-3100 to schedule a consultation today!