Why We Don’t Focus on the ‘Shiny Things’: It’s About People, Not Technology
Any prosthetics provider can access the same technology. The difference between providers is in what they do with that technology. The approach is critical.
Consider the differences between surgeons: they all have access to the same educational materials, the same technology, the same equipment, and the same types of hospital facilities. However, there can be enormous differences in a patient’s outcome when their surgery is performed by one surgeon versus another.
Treating the Whole Person
There is no denying the power in the technological advancements that have been made in bionics and prosthetics in the past two decades. What has set Next Step apart since 1996 is that we know it’s about the people. It’s about listening. It’s about treating each client as a person with unique physical, mental, emotional, and lifestyle needs. A prosthetist who truly listens and empathizes will always have better outcomes for their clients. They will be better equipped to uncover issues and make improvements that another may have missed by not digging deep enough.
We know that there is no “plug and play” when it comes to human beings. There’s a reason our website and company materials focus on stories of people and not technology. We work with people who are navigating the emotional, physical, and mental challenges of amputee life. We absolutely ensure that the right equipment is used as well, and also that we dive much deeper than that to address the needs of the whole person.
Getting the Right Fit
Next Step is equipped with the tools, training, and technology to provide amputees with state-of-the-art prosthetic devices. Yet, true success comes from careful examination, asking questions, and most importantly, listening. We want to get to know you. What are your hopes and fears? What activities do you love? Do you want to run, jump, bike, hike, ski, or swim? In addition to matching the technology to the person, there are a number of other factors that come into play. Ultimately, we are not just helping you choose a prosthesis. We are helping you live a life that also feels “just right.”