News Category: Health and wellness

Happy New Years!

As 2013 comes to an end, the employees at Sierra Orthopedic Laboratory would like to take a moment to thank all of our current patients and referrals for a great year. As we began a new year, we look forward to providing the same high quality care that you have been accustom to for the past 34 years. We truly appreciate your confidence and business, and wish you and your family a Happy & Healthy 2014!

BORP (Bay Area Outreach Program) opeing day is September 14, 2013

September 14 is BORP Opening Day 2013.  The public is invited to come out and watch and play Paralympic Sports including Wheelchair Basketball, Goalball, Adaptive Cycling, and Power Soccer.  Information will be available on all BORP programs including the BORP Fitness Studio, Sled Hockey, Adventures & Outings, Veterans’ Outreach, the Revolution Ride and more!

To find out more information about BORP Opeind day, go to:


Happy Labor Day From Sierra!

Happy Labor Day from all of us at Sierra Orthopedic Laboratory.  We want to take this time to thank all of our patients and referrals who work with us throughout the year.  We hope you all have time to take it easy and relax this holiday weekend.

Another Happy Patient!

Combining some creativity with advanced material sciences,we are able to customize the device both aesthetically and functionally resulting in optimized comfort and BLING! The patient chose the pattern for their new socket, and we made it happen.

April is National Limb Loss Awareness Month

There are approximately 1.9 million people in the United States with some form of limb loss. It is estimated that one out of every 200 people in the U.S. has had an amputation. Some amputations are the result of injury or disease; others are born with a limb difference. Losing all or part of a limb is a life-changing event that can cause grief and decreased self-esteem. A person with an amputation loses part of his or her physical self and the change in appearance is final. Grieving, therefore, is both normal and expected. In spite of the challenges with amputation, many people with limb loss do adapt to lead normal, productive, happy lives, working, enjoying hobbies, and raising families.

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Happy Earth Day 2013!

All of us at Sierra Prosthetics and Orthotics want to wish you and yours a Healthy and Happy Earth Day!

Changing Lives, One Patient at a Time!

Another Happy Patient!

We strive to be the best at Sierra Orthopedic Labs. Here is a letter that we just received from a satisfied patient. Check out the image below.

Changing Lives, One Patient at a Time!  

Wishing You a Happy Easter!

The employees at Sierra Prosthetics & Orthotics want to wish you and yours a blessed and Happy Easter.

Scoliosis: What Parents Should Know and What to Look For

More often than not, when I am doing an initial evaluation of a patient for scoliosis, a parent will ask, “Is there something I could have done to prevent this from happening to my child?” The majority of the time the answer to the question is, “No.” That being said, I usually go on to explain the different types of scoliosis, what is happening to their child anatomically, and more importantly the types of orthoses designed to treat their specific type of scoliosis.

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The Revolution Ride

A Fundraiser Supporting Athletic Programs for People with Physical Disabilities

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Our New Gait Lab is Taking Shape!

The new Gait Lab is taking shape. Our new training stairs are setup and ready for patients to use. Our new Santa Rosa office will be having an Open House on March 26th, come check out our new facility and the new gait lab.

Just Another Busy Week at The Shop!

 We love helping patients get back to living their lives.  Patient care is the most important thing we do at CIRS/Sierra Prosthetic & Orthotic Center.

Changing lives, one patient at a time!

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Customized Above The Knee Prosthesis

Check out the customized ischial containment above the knee prosthesis that our prosthetist Jordan North built for his patient. This guy was so excited to get his new leg, it is the most comfortable socket that he has had in years.

Happy Holidays from CIRS/Sierra

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Buon Natale, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy new year to all! No matter how you say it or how you celebrate it, the Practitioners and Staff at CIRS/Sierra Prosthetics & Orthotics would like to wish all of our present, past, and future patients a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season.

Wishing You a Safe and Healthy Thanksgiving

The practitioners and staff at CIRS/Sierra Prosthetic and Orthotic Center wish all our patients and their families a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for the trust of our patients, and look forward to treating them for many years to come.

Happy 4th of July!

 From all of us here at Sierra - Prosthetics and Orthotics, we would like to wish you a Happy and Safe July 4th!

6th Annual TechExpo & More

Disability Services & Legal Center Presents The 6th Annual DSLC Northern California Tech Expo & More
Featuring State of Art Assistive Technology

On behalf of Disability Services & Legal Center (DSLC) I would like to invite you to our 6th annual Tech Expo & More, which will showcase the products and services for Seniors, Veterans, People with Disabilities, Health professionals, Educators and the Public. 

On Saturday, Oct 22, 11am - 3pm community is invited to The 6th Annual DSLC Northern California Tech Expo & More 2011. The address: Grace Pavilion, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
Free Admission.

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Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program

BORP is the leading provider and promoter of accessible sports and recreation opportunities for children and adults with physical disabilities in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

As BORP looks towards the summer of 2011, they are again committed to making as many opportunities possible for all kids. This summer BORP has over 80 activities schedules. Adapted cycling, Wheelchair Basketball, Sled Hockey, and our Jr. Adventures program which includes rock climbing, water skiing, kayaking, white water rafting, sailing, adapted rowing, camping, and more are guaranteed to make this summer something to remember.

To read more about BORP, and the activities that they provide, please visit them at

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The American Red Cross - Hero 2011

Sierra Orthopedic Laboratory is proud to announce that one of its Prosthetist/Orthotists received The American Red Cross Hero Award for Medical in Sonoma County. Jon Batzdorff was honored at The 8th Annual Red Cross Real Heroes Breakfast on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 in Rohnert Park, CA for his work in Haiti.

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Patient Test Drive - 2011

Sierra Orthopedic Labs hosted a special clinic at our Santa Rosa office on April 13th, during which time patients could try out the latest advancements in prosthetic technology. Patients were able to try Microprocessor Controlled Knees, Dynamic Response Feet, Myoelectric Arms, and Advanced Socket Technology free of charge.

If you are interested in trying out the latest in Prosthetic & Orthotics technology free of charge, please call 1-800-315-9808.

View pictures from our Test Drive.

The WalkAide Test Drive!

We are excited to be featuring the:

  • The WalkAide System!
  • Custom Molded Corrective AFOs

Do you work with patients that have been affected by drop foot due to a stroke or MS? Have you heard about the new exciting WalkAide System?  The WalkAide uses functional electrical stimulation to restore typical nerve-to-muscle signals in the leg and foot, effectively lifting the foot at the appropriate time. For appropriate candidates, Walk Aid users would not require use of an AFO.

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National Limb Loss Awareness Month Raises THE Question: Are you at Risk?

Knoxville, TN, March 16, 2011 – Each day 507 people lose a limb, largely to vascular-related diseases, and 60 percent are preventable. The Amputee Coalition, a national nonprofit based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is on a mission to increase awareness about limb loss prevention and about those living with limb loss.

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West Coast Myoelectrics Open House January 27th

Welcome to West Coast Myoelectrics, your technology leader in the Orthotic and Prosthetics Industry.

Sierra Orthopedic Laboratory is pleased to announce the opening of our new division of our prosthetics and orthotics family, West Coast Myoelectrics. As we are always looking for new and exciting products to offer our patients, West Coast Myoelectrics will allow us to introduce new products and service that are the most Hight Tech and Advanced in the O&P industry today.

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More Than 2,000 Babies Are Born Each Year With Limb Difference

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network have published a new study presenting updated national prevalence estimates for select birth defects from 2004 to 2006. The data shows that more than 2,000 babies are born in the U.S. each year with differences in either arms, legs or both.

“Children born today with limb difference can completely thrive,” said Kendra Calhoun, president & CEO of the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA). “Advancements in prosthetic devices and more open minds in communities across the country open doors for these youth in ways that a decade ago may not have been available.”

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Amputee Coalition of America's Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp

What a year of celebration and successes for the Amputee Coalition of America's Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp! We have much to be excited about this year. This year we were able to successfully fund 100 youths to attend the 11th annual camp in July. The 2011 camp dates will be announced in November.

The Amputee Coalition of America's Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp is a 5-day traditional summer camp experience for children ages 10-17 who have lost arms and/or legs or who were born with limb differences. The camp offers challenging activities that build campers' confidence regardless of skill level.

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American Heart Association Saving Strokes Health Fair

Save the Date – Tuesday, October 5, 2010 for the Saving Strokes Health Fair

Saving Strokes – Health Fair will be held at Foxtail Golf Course in Rohnert Park, located at 100 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park, CA. The event is sponsored by the American Heart Association.

Drop by and visit Sierra Orthopedic Labs. We will have a booth featuing The Walk Aide Sytem, and many Orthotic devices.

Sierra Orthopedic Labs is locate at 50 Montgomery Drive in Santa Rosa, California.

We have four locations throught the Bay Area (Santa Rosa, Marin, UIkiah, Clear Lake).

Motorcycle Accident Survivor Defies Odds and Walks Again with the Help of the WalkAide

Fort Worth, Texas — On February 14, 2006 Cleburne-resident Barry Callaway’s life changed in an instance when he was involved in a motorcycle accident that landed him in a coma for two months. Callaway was told by his doctor that he would never walk or talk again due to a brain injury suffered in the crash; but after spending a total of four months in the hospital and then another two months in a rehabilitation center, Callaway has defied all odds.

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Orthotics & Prosthetics and Athletes

Orthotics and Prosthetics Experts Use New Materials to Let Injured Athletes Play

Athletes can play even with fractured bones, thanks to new light-weight braces. The braces are made from a combination of plastic and carbon that is heated to become soft and then molded into perfect-fitting shapes.

BLACKSBURG, Va.--When the star player of a sports team gets hurt, the whole team can suffer. Now, a new, high-tech approach to protect fragile bones can get injured players back into the game.

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Communicating with Medical Professionals

It’s easy to assume that medical professionals are the ones in the driver’s seat when it comes to healthcare management.  However, patients are in a unique position to take control over their plans.  Here are some ways individuals can be pro-active:
Write questions and concerns down prior to medical office visits and make sure that all points are reviewed.  Writing down the answers to questions is just as important as writing down the questions.
Don’t be shy.  Medical professionals are talented, but they aren’t mind readers. Often times, they are relying on feedback from the patient. 

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Amputation Rates Down, Especially For Seniors...

Trends in the rate of diabetes-related nontraumatic lower extremity amputation rates have sharply declined since 2000 among people aged 75 years and older, women and whites.

Although follow-up data provided by researchers at the CDC reveal an increase in the total number of nontraumatic lower extremity amputation hospitalizations — 54,738 in 1998 to 65,714 in 2006 — the age-adjusted discharge rate showed a slight decline from 1998 (7.3 per 1,000) to 1997 (7 per 1,000) and decreased by 7.8% per year until 2006 (3.5 per 1,000; P<.01).

There was a similar pattern for people aged 74 years and younger, with declining rates in the mid-90s by about 7% per year (P<.01).

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