Welcome to the first of many blogs coming from Cornell Orthotics & Prosthetics. We are a team of dedicated individuals who offer prosthetic limbs and orthopedic braces to folks in North Shore, New Hampshire, and Boston. Throughout our lengthy history, we’ve been committed to running a family-based organization that always keeps the mission of returning patients to functional and productive lives at the forefront of everything we do.
From our inception until today, we are passionate about offering attentive, coordinated care with other health care providers in order to offer a more holistic recovery and rehabilitation for our patients. We will work tirelessly until you have achieved a degree of function you are pleased with, as our skilled and experienced certified prosthetists and orthotists put their knowledge to good use on your behalf.
Above is the “Reader’s Digest” description of our orthotics and prosthetics company. Below, you’ll find some more information about what our specific services are, our story, and what you can expect when receiving care from Cornell O&P. If you have been searching for a place that blends experience and skill with genuine care for patients, you’ve come to the right place, so read on!
Who We Are At Cornell O&P
Cornell Orthotics & Prosthetics was founded in 1985 by identical twin brothers, Ken and Keith Cornell. Since our inception some three decades ago, we’ve been able to fulfill our goal of providing expert and attentive care at an affordable rate. Ken and Keith started with the idea that it shouldn’t be impossible to find care that was compassionate, affordable, and excellent. Each time we interact with a patient, we seek to make sure they are well cared for.
Beyond our commitment to top-notch patient care, Cornell O&P is a center of innovation and education in our field. Both Cornell brothers have grown to become active members within the O&P community in a variety of ways. Keith has invented the patented CJ Socket and founded the COPAA amputee support association. He’s also a guest lecturer at North Shore Community College, as he specializes in prosthetics. Ken, likewise, has a been a long-serving member on the board of the New England Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetics. He too frequently lectures at universities and medical institutions.
Ken has the following to say about his vocation: “I have always considered it an honor to work in the fields of orthotics and prosthetics. I find myself more motivated than ever. Each patient challenges me to apply my experience, knowledge and skill to achieve the highest level of activity possible for that person. For some, that means playing sports, for some it is shopping with family and friends, for others it is being able to walk independently around the house without pain. I have a particular interest in the orthotic management of CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth) disease.”
We have many other talented staff members, many of whom we’ll get to highlight in future posts. But for the purposes of today’s article, we’d like to stay more patient-oriented. Let’s talk about the specific services we offer to help folks regain their mobility.
A Blend Of Science, Art, & Compassion
We design and create prosthetic limbs and orthotic braces so our patients can live their lives to the fullest. Many new patients of ours are understandably worried that their new way of life will be arduous and slow once they start wearing a brace or prosthesis, but we have found that our services help in the exact opposite way. We help our patients live their lives they way they were meant to be lived. From centenarians to newborns, we provide care for a wide range of people from a variety of backgrounds. We seek to learn more about you so that we can tailor our care and solutions to your unique needs. Put simply, we provide personalized care at Cornell Orthotics & Prosthetics.
Below you’ll find a brief description of both our prosthetic and orthotic services.
Orthotic services refer to a plethora of disabling conditions which inherently limit someone’s mobility and live their life the way they’d prefer. Orthotic management works to restore a normal, pain-free gait, facilitate the healing of injuries or surgery, all while improving stability and balance. For folks who are dealing with deformity or weakness that affects basic function, we want you to know that Cornell O&P are equipped to handle an array of situations that include both musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions.
- Musculoskeletal Conditions – Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scoliosis, Low Back Pain, Ankle and Knee Instabilities, Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, Charcot Marie Tooth Disease, and more.
- Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, CVA (Stroke), Traumatic Brain Injury, Diabetic peripheral neuropathies, ALS, Muscular Dystrophy, Radiculopathies, Spina Bifida, and more.
Ken Cornell CO is a leader in the world of Dynamic Carbon Bracing. In fact, Ken is a clinical instructor for Allard USA, teaching the functional benefits this new technology offers. Because we have such a large inventory of demo AFOs (ankle-foot orthosis), Cornell O&P patients are offered the unique chance to trial a variety of designs to find the best bracing characteristics for each individual patient we care for!
Since 1985, we’ve been providing prosthetic limb care with state-of-the-art prosthetic facilities and equipment. Beyond our experience and expertise, our lengthy history has afforded us with a profound understanding of the emotions that come along with the loss of a limb. And while we don’t pretend to understand the depth of grief that is experienced when amputation takes place, we will do everything we can to be compassionate and helpful during this sensitive time of life.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel and we work hard to make sure that our patients realize that their life can be fulfilling no matter what the past has taken away from them.
We offer prosthesis, initial training, and support for all amputation levels for folks of all ages and backgrounds. Common conditions we see include:
- Partial Foot amputations: Toe, Ray, TMA, Lis Franc, Chopart, Boyd, Symes
- Below Knee (trans tibial)
- Knee Disarticulation
- Above Knee (trans femoral)
- Hip Disarticulation
- Hemi Pelvectomy (through the pelvis)
- Finger amputation
- Partial Hand amputations
- Wrist Disarticulation
- Below Elbow (trans radial)
- Elbow Disarticulation
- Above Elbow (trans humeral)
- Shoulder Disarticulation
- Intra-Scapular Thoracic (through the scapula)
What You Can Expect
Alright, so you have a prescription from your physician, but what happens next? All you have to do is call one of our facilities and speak with a dedicated patient care coordinator. They will register you in our system and set you up with an evaluation appointment. Then our billing team will reach out to your insurance company to connect about benefits and coverage options.
We provide a pre- or post-amputation consultation, free of charge. Then we’ll have a prosthetist perform a total evaluation to familiarize us with what you need, taking the time to hear from you in addition to analyzing your physical condition. Then we will go from there! We have a staff comprised of therapists, physicians, and others who can provide physical, technical, and emotional support as you start living your life the way it was meant to be lived.
Find the location nearest you and contact us today!