What it Means: Declining Rate of Amputations in Massachusetts

According to a recent report by the Amputee Coalition, approximately 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States. More than half of the amputations are due to complications related to vascular disease, including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease. Traumatic accident is the next leading cause of limb loss, and less than two percent have had an amputation due to cancer. War-related injuries are not a significant contributor as those amputations are typically done outside of the country or in a military hospital.

Amputee Statistics in Massachusetts

The report shows that Massachusetts limb loss has decreased by 24.3% between 1997 and 2012. Despite the steady decline over the years in Massachusetts, the total number of amputations performed in the United States increased by 3.6% during the same period. Continue reading “What it Means: Declining Rate of Amputations in Massachusetts”

Children’s Prosthetic Designs 2015

Next Step takes great pride in making a measurable difference in the lives of young amputees. It is especially rewarding to help a child navigate the prosthetic journey and choose a prosthesis that makes them smile.

Popular Designs

As they grow and discover the world, children also develop distinct tastes for the latest cartoons, characters, and sports teams. These kids keep us up to date on current trends by the designs they choose for their prosthetic arms and legs. Some of our “Next Step Kids” even tap into their own active imaginations. No matter what they choose, our pediatric prosthetic designs are up to the challenge! Continue reading “Children’s Prosthetic Designs 2015”