Prosthetics & Orthotics
Minnesota Prosthetics & Orthotics is part of Twin Cities Orthopedics.
Twin Cities Orthopedics prosthetics and orthotics services are provided by our Minnesota Prosthetics & Orthotics (MPO) business line. Minnesota Prosthetics & Orthotics provides orthotic (body braces) solutions for the back, knees, ankles, feet and upper extremities. They also offer prosthetic (artificial limbs) solutions to help you return to a lifestyle that allows you to participate in activities that are important to you.
"Our practitioners are experienced with over 100 years of practice in the Twin Cities. This means you will be fit with an orthopedic device that will meet your needs to improve your quality of life."
-Chris Peter Boosalis, Director & Certified Prosthetist
In recent years, advancements in technology and materials have enabled prostheses to more closely mimic human form and function than ever before.
Incorporating carbon-fiber, carbon-graphite, titanium, and lightweight thermoplastics into prostheses results in state-of-the-art energy-storing feet, hydraulic knees, lightweight pylons and myoelectric hands and arms; just to name a few. Improvements have also been made in sockets, often with computer-aided fabrication techniques and in cushion liners, in many instances dramatically improving the comfort and fit for a patient.
Technology and improved materials do not by themselves guarantee a better prosthesis. It takes knowledge, understanding, and personalized attention to each patient. Our board-certified staff takes the time to listen to the individual needs of our patients, weigh and discuss the options available and only then begin the custom fitting process.
Proper fit, fabrication, and final preparation is not something that can be achieved in just one or two visits. Time is needed to allow the individual to adapt to a new, improved, or adjusted prosthesis. Only then can we and the patient be assured that the prosthesis will continue to feel good, look good and perform well.
Prescribed for children and adults with congenital, traumatic or dysvascular amputations, including:
- Hospital/Clinical/Home Evaluations
- Pre-prosthetic/Immediate Post-Op Care
- Ultra light systems for all levels
- Advanced socket designs
- Myoelectric systems
- Cosmetic shaping and coloring
- Partial hands, feet and lower limbs
- Sports prostheses
- Amputee supplies
Orthoses are orthopedic devices designed to treat or adjust various biomechanical disorders or deformities. They may be simple, commercially made devices, such as cushioned heel cups or insoles for shoes. These are sold over-the-counter in drug stores or other retail establishments. The best orthoses, however, are custom-tailored devices specifically crafted to meet the needs of a patient.
How Is an Orthosis Made?
While orthotics can be made by several different processes, most orthotists prefer to make a plaster cast of the patient's body part. This is called a negative impression. The cast is sent to a laboratory with a prescription for recommended modifications. At the lab, a positive cast is made by pouring plaster into the negative cast. When this dries, it forms a perfect reproduction of the area being treated. Using the physician's prescription for corrections, the lab technicians custom-mold an orthotic that incorporates the necessary adjustments. This will provide the patient with the support, stability, alignment necessary to resume normal activities of daily living.
Orthotic Treatment For:
- Neuromuscular and Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Preventative and Corrective Care
- Fracture and Post-Operative Management
- Sports Injuries, Sprains and Strains
- Spinal and Scoliosis Needs
In each of these broad categories physicians often refer to orthopedic devices by a manufacturer's name, a functional description, an originator's name, or a common usage term.
Prosthetics & Orthotics Locations
Below are phone numbers to contact a specific prosthetics & orthotics location.
Burnsville - (952) 846-2200
Edina - (952) 929-1051
Hudson - (800) 423-1088
Maple Grove - (763) 302-2130
Otsego - (763) 302-2130
Stillwater - (651) 439-8807
Waconia - (952) 846-2200
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