I can't say that my disability has helped my work, but it has allowed me to concentrate on research without having to lecture or sit on boring committees.
"It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven't done badly. People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining."
"I have not been handicapped by my condition. I am physically challenged and differently able."
Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone.
Prosthetics and Orthotics
Prosthetics is the design, fabrication and fitting of custom-made artificial limbs for patients who have lost limbs as a result of traumatic injuries, vascular diseases, diabetes, cancer or congenital disorders.
Orthotics is the design, fabrication, fitting and supervised use of custom-made braces and other devices that provide external support to treat musculoskeletal disorders. Musculoskeletal disorders are ailments of the back, extremities or joints caused by traumatic injuries, chronic conditions, diseases, congenital disorders or injuries resulting from sports or other activities.
Care of O&P patients is part of a continuum of rehabilitation services from diagnosis to treatment and prevention of future injury. This continuum involves the integration of several medical disciplines that begins with the attending physician's diagnosis. Once a course of treatment is determined, the physician, often an orthopedic surgeon, vascular surgeon or physiatrist, refers a patient to an O&P patient-care service provider for treatment. An O&P practitioner then consults with both the referring physician and the patient to formulate the prescription for and design of, an orthotic or prosthetic device to meet the patient's needs.