The military veterans treated at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court constitute the most complex cases treated in the UK each year. The injuries sustained in modern warfare tend to be multiple, involving more than one amputation and are often accompanied by damage to other organs which adds additional complexity. This means that individuals are having to recover from a range of surgical interventions and arising conditions which need a holistic approach but at each level require new and different approaches to treatment.
Blatchford is particularly proud to have been awarded the contract to provide the prosthetic and orthotic service at Headley Court for the second time. We believe that our rich heritage and experience in both providing excellent clinical service as well as developing some of the most advanced prosthetic products support these usually young and highly active individuals.
Blatchford staff at the DMRC use a variety of products and techniques from across the globe to assist the men and women to get mobile and physically independent at the highest level possible. Specialist interventions in consideration of the complexities that arise from shrapnel in residual limbs, pathology arising from blast damage, the difficulties in learning to walk again on bilateral prostheses and upper limb prosthetic needs are all part of the service we provide on a day to day basis.
In 2013, the Government announced plans to provide additional funding for prosthetic services in 9 key centres across the country. The intention was that these centres will be able to use this funding specifically to access the latest technology and provide the highest quality of prosthetic care for veteran amputees. Blatchford runs 4 of these centres at Leicester, Sheffield, Carlisle and Stanmore and over the past few years has invested heavily in clinical expertise and facilities at these locations.
Veterans treated at the DMRC, one of our Murrison funded centres or indeed through our other NHS clinics have access to the best prosthetic products to meet their usually complex needs.
The most advanced technology from the top prosthetic manufacturers is available and our clinicians ensure the best product is provided and is appropriate to each individual case.
As a prosthetic manufacturer ourselves, we have extensive knowledge and experience in designing and manufacturing advanced lower limb prosthetics. Our award-winning prosthetic feet, knees, liners and limb systems are some of the most suitable products for complex injuries for veterans of all ages.
Linx is the first fully integrated, microprocessor controlled, lower limb system available in the world. Every element is part of a design whole that balances energy, posture and sensation for a truly captivating walking experience. The revolution is the master controller that coordinates the Linx response so the different parts work together in harmony.
The Linx product website has more information on the features and benefits as well as patient stories and feedback.
Elan mimics natural muscle resistance and ankle motion by adapting hydraulic resistance levels to optimise stability when standing and walking, on slopes and uneven terrain. This encourages more symmetrical limb loading, faster walking speed and reduced compensatory movements. The ankle pivot point is optimally positioned close to the natural weight line for a more natural response through the gait cycle.
The result is smoother, safer and more natural walking, helping to preserve the body for the long term.
The award winning Echelon prosthetic foot gives Activity Level 3 users hydraulic ankle control on ramps and stairs. It has an instant impact on postural symmetry, easing abnormal pressures at interface and other joints. Wearing Echelon promotes stability and confidence on rough and sloping surfaces, reduces the number of falls plus it gives excellent energy response at all times.
The EchelonVT prosthetic foot provides the active Level 3 user with terrain conformance, rotation and shock absorption. It is ideal for robust, moderate impact activities like hiking that require a multi – axial, biomimetic function with a high level of energy return.
The combination of hydraulic ankle and titanium spring means that the foot adapts fluidly to promote good posture and excellent traction even on rough ground and ramps. During swing phase the toe dorsi-flexes to enhance ground clearance. The integral shock absorber ensures minimal shear force between socket and skin for a comfortable ride throughout the twists and turns of the day.
The AvalonK2 Foot is a hydraulic foot/ankle system from Endolite. It enhances walking confidence because it hydraulically adjusts to inclines and steps, the AvalonK2 self-aligns to secure the knee joint and encourage good posture and joint position, this enhances trans-femoral knee stability to help prevent falls and it reduces unwanted moments on the knee joint of trans-tibial users. The toes dorsi-flex after mid stance and remain elevated during swing phase providing increased ground clearance for safety and efficiency.
A lightweight, high energy return prosthetic foot, the elite blade is ideal for Level 3-4, high impact use from the casual jogger to the serious runner. The flexible extended pylon reduces shock load transmission making it a great crossover foot for work, leisure and sports activities.
Orion3 is suitable for K2 to K4 walkers who would benefit from stability on different terrains, slopes and steps and for those wishing to walk naturally and efficiently at either single or varying speeds.
The safety and stability of Orion3 encourages users to evenly distribute their weight, offloading their sound side and lower back to reduce aches and pains commonly reported by amputees.
The KX06 is a unique polycentric prosthetic knee with hydraulic swing and stance control. It is designed for the most demanding physical activity of level 3 & 4 users. The geometric and hydraulic combination draws on the best functionality of each to enhance the overall gait smoothness on all terrain.