What kind of prosthesis do you think is the most common?
An upper extremity prosthesis, below knee or above knee prosthesis?
Most prosthetic company’s, like Rinella Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc. provide a lot of below knee prostheses to patients each year. This is by far the most common type of prosthetic limb that people use in Orland Park and Tinley Park, IL for example.
There are many different styles of artificial limbs in Tinley Park or Orland Park, and a lot of this has to do with a person’s “K” level. This is a term that is used in our industry to describe how active a person is. For example, if a person does a lot everyday in a physical sense, or if they are an Olympic athlete then they might be a K4. Conversely, if a person does little more than transfer from a chair to bed, or does not exhibit the ability to get out of bed then they might be a K1 or a K0. – So as you can see there are 5 “K” levels, but the numbering system actually starts at K0 instead of K1.
This all makes perfect sense actually because if a person struggles to get out of bed then they should probably not be provided with the same componentry that an Olympian might use. That basically goes without saying.
So, how are K levels determined? These levels are basically determined by a physician. Often times a K level is determined by a doctor, known as a “rehab physician” or a physiatrist. A physical therapist might communicate with your rehab doctor or other medical physician and communicate their feelings about what the appropriate “K” level you might be at currently. – It is not a judgement upon you and the person you are, it is just a gauge of where you are at physically at the time of the evaluation.
Rinella Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc. provides prosthetic care to patients in Tinley Park and in Orland Park routinely throughout the year. It does not matter if you are a low or high “K” level, the prosthetists at Rinella Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc. will do an evaluation of your limb, take a detailed patient history and listen to your feedback about your goals and what has and has not worked for you in the past. Working with the right team of medical professionals is crucial and we believe we care more about your outcomes than any competitor you may be able to currently mention.
All the best to you in finding out more information about prosthetics and finding the best prosthetic patient care available.