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  1. #1
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    Hi folks, Ive recently traded up/down to a new knee, of a brand that im still not sure of.
    I formerly had a 3R92 Otto Bock (friction knee) but it got a little "loose" in the actual hinge/sleeve/ bearing joint, so it was replaced with a temp 3R106.
    The first 3R92 was great for getting up and down in the shed, but the second temp 3R106 was deffinately NOT designed for kneeling (I have to kneel on the concrete to set up sash clamps and the like).
    The new knee seems to be a bit of a dud, but it has good kneeling potential as it has 2 flat rails that accomodate a home made pad I made so I wont damage the knee when I do have to kneel.
    Im just wondering if anyone else here has made any interesting adaptions to or for their prosthetics, arms, legs or even wheelchairs?
    Is there a good knee out there I should be asking my prosthesist to speciffically look into?
    If I can, id prefer to get one that IS designed for the right job, but they either dont know or just dont care much about it.

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    interesting dilemma. I would suggest you get a referral from your Doctor to see an Orthotist and Prosthetist. These guys are brilliant at building anything related to the human structure. I'm sure they're covered by Medicare and if not, your health insurance (if you have) WILL cover the costs. Worth a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjt View Post
    interesting dilemma. I would suggest you get a referral from your Doctor to see an Orthotist and Prosthetist. These guys are brilliant at building anything related to the human structure. I'm sure they're covered by Medicare and if not, your health insurance (if you have) WILL cover the costs. Worth a try.
    LOL, yeah you would think so. Ive been continually asking my prosthesist/s for something more practical to the use, but they are only trying to adapt what they have on stock, not whats commercially designed for purpose application.
    They were even telling me that the sales reps are telling them "no, they should not kneel with this knee". So my argument is why are they giving it to me when they already know i need to kneel on occassions?
    They insist on giving me a knee made to suit my life style, such as they give athletic people legs that will "potentially" give them the chance to jog/run, and the same for people who are heavy or lift heavy weights regularly in daily life, but im still getting a knee that isnt designed to kneel,,,,, doesnt make much sense to me.

    I am however NOT a TAC-road trauma, or workplace injury victim,,, both of which are covered by commercial liability. My loss was due to infection and no one is liable for that, so it seems to me that im only getting what public health will afford,,,,, reguardless of what's meant to be offered, for daily "practical" use.
    A law for the rich/insured and a law for the poor,,,, so much for equality and practicallity.

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    Seems a ridiculous design.....can't kneel.
    What happens if you're a Catholic?? ( sorry)

    There has to be a better answer from the system......surely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    Seems a ridiculous design.....can't kneel.
    What happens if you're a Catholic?? ( sorry)

    There has to be a better answer from the system......surely.
    Not so far-fetched, I think.

    A couple (Non-Catholic, BTW) of my acquaintance many years ago, asserted that their third child was born because her Catholic gyno refused to allow artificial birth control.

    Perhaps you could find a Catholic prosthetist?

    Cheers,
    Joe
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    Fiction has to make sense. - Mark Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    Seems a ridiculous design.....can't kneel.
    What happens if you're a Catholic?? ( sorry)

    There has to be a better answer from the system......surely.
    LMAOROF (now i can't get up)
    But yeah, I guess I should just say I need a "praying knee" and see what happens
    Either that or actually pray for a propper knee.
    It just gripes me that they say they want me to have the most useful knee/leg/foot to suit my daily activities (so I can get back into more stable work),,, but they dont give me a knee to do it,,,,,, BOOOOO to beaurocracy!!!

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    Maybe you could take a complaint to the AMA?
    I've found that I get listened to a lot more when it appears that I'm documenting at the end of a consultation... Consultations seem to extend for a longer time and suddenly 'patient needs' get taken more seriously.
    Cheers,
    Clinton

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    G'Day AussieOZBorn

    I'm a recent recipient of a prosthesis for my right leg (AKA), its well made with a few problems but I dont use it around the house very much. Not even going out, except for a cold pint or 2.

    I asked my guy a couple times to make me something without the lower mechanics - design me a short pin and attach a strong curved pad on it for kneeling , like to do stuff some floor tiling and access projects at the low level.. My doc said she go for the costs,approve for the system to pay, but its getting it done. I know she'd like to add a little research to the project to.

    When I came home my O.T. was after me to get one of the lift systems, "How Much I asked" - OH, we can go as hi as $5000. A one time deal. I keep saying not at this time. But if I decide to move my shop downstairs I think I'll have it installed.And would be able to use the prosthesis more.

    And I need my guy to give a slight adjustment to the right, I walk like a duck. he's holding off on that to, I think he'll have something done on the shorty when I go back in a few months - He's a least a little progressive.

    Good luck on your endeavor ,
    To ALL a Great season and the best of 2011.
    Glenn