The Right Tool For the Right Job
My name is Bill St. James. I was born with a neurological disorder called H.S.P. that causes spasms and muscle weakness. Throughout my life I was as active as anyone else, sometimes even more so. Therefore, as my 40th birthday approached, when I started falling and stumbling because I couldn’t keep my legs where I needed them, I became alarmed and went to my doctor. H.S.P. is rare and difficult to diagnose. It was three years before we knew what we were up against. During that time we employed various devices to try to keep me walking: Canes, loftstrand crutches, walkers, braces, lots of physical therapy. At the end of that we gave up and I sat in a wheelchair for the next 3 years.
I kept up with my P.T. continuing to dream of walking. I moved and got a new physical therapist who thought that we could still find the right appliance for me to walk. So, I came to Orthotics & Prosthetics Labs and had a consult with Ted Stelmat. He asked for my history. Then he asked my hopes. Then I told him my dream. He thought about the possibilities and he added them to my desire for my future against my physical limitations and provided me with “the right tool for the right job,” enabling me to get my independence back (and some of my life).
In just two weeks I have already worked up to 40 feet. More progress reports to follow.
"I was introduced to Jim and the team at O & P Labs. Immediately, I was impressed by their attention to detail and great professionalism!"
"O & P Labs considers the patient and their needs like no other healthcare provider that I have ever experienced. The staff is dedicated at any hour of the day to listen and react with suggestions. Their passion aids to your belief that anything is possible!"
Right from the start, I knew that Missy was incredible. She listened well and worked to ensure that I received the appropriate brace. Without her determination and compassion, I would not be able to maintain my quality of life. The brace she made for me was an excellent fit from the start and has allowed me to function without pain. I am very thankful for her kindness, skill, and professionalism.