Upper-limb prosthetics is a very specialized field due to the many factors involved in achieving a superior fit and functionality.
The learning curve is steep, and finding a practitioner who meets your criteria can be a difficult and frustrating task.
We’ve assembled the following list of questions you can use when assessing a prosthetist.
Are you Board Certified?
Choose a prosthetist who is state-licensed and certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC). Chris Lake holds both of these certifications, in addition to a range of professional delegations.
Have you fit more than 12 upper-limb prosthetic clients in the past year (at least 1 per month)?
Many prosthetists fit only a few upper-limb prostheses each year. Due to the intricacies of the upper-limb, it’s important that you choose a practitioner with extensive experience in that particular field. Chris Lake and his team focus specifically on upper-limb prosthetics, actively working with more upper-limb clients in any given month than most prosthetists see in a year.
How long will my appointments be?
Our answer to this question is “As long as necessary.” We believe in taking as much time as needed to answer each client’s questions, make device adjustments and conduct testing to ensure optimal use of the prosthesis. Learn more when you review our 7-Phase Plan.
Do you have a full lab on-site?
Many prosthetists do not have a full lab on-site at their offices. As such, the practitioner will send the device to an off-premise lab, and a technician who has never met the client will make the adjustments to the device.
In contrast, Chris Lake is a highly skilled technician himself and leads a team of technicians that work directly in his office in the heart of the DFW Metroplex. Chris’ ability not only to serve as a client’s prosthetist but to fabricate as well means the device adjustments are quick (hours instead of days) and Chris has a deeper understanding of the client’s needs, much more so than the typical technician in a secluded lab.
Which prosthetic component manufacturers certifications do you carry?
Your prosthetist should carry certifications from the major technology manufacturers. View our list of technology partners here.
Will you help me determine my insurance benefits?
Determining insurance benefits is a vital component to securing your upper-limb device. We have a dedicated insurance team that will work with you and your insurance company to secure the maximum benefits possible. Our team offers skill and experience in the complex upper-limb specialty that you won’t find with most other practitioners. Even if you’ve been told by another practice that you don’t have insurance coverage, this isn’t necessarily true. Call or complete the form on our contact page and let us help you obtain the maximum insurance benefits you deserve.
Are you involved in clinical studies and Research and Development?
Constant improvement and development is key to the future growth of upper-limb prosthetic technology. Chris Lake and the team at Lake Prosthetics participate in a range of research and development studies to test new technologies and enhance current ones.
May I speak with some of your clients about their experiences?
The true test of any prosthetic practitioner is the feedback given by clients. We invite you to visit our client testimonial page to read first-person accounts of our clients and their journeys.