October 26, 2017
My name is Tyler Pearson. I am an orthotic & prosthetic technician and I started at Horton’s in 2014. My favorite part of being a technician really is being able to utilize my hand skills and knowing that it has a direct impact on someone’s daily life.
The fabrication here is a little bit different, because we have found a pretty good mix of utilizing very old and tested methods with new things like that CAD/CAM system. Most of our appliances here, even though they all differ slightly, starts in the plaster room. We will take a cast or impression of the patient, bring it into the plaster room, and then fill that cast. From those molds, we begin the modification process. From the modification process, we take it in to the oven room. That starts the thermo-forming and thermo-setting process in which we cook thermo-plastics, drape them or blister form them around those casts and then let them cool to room temperature.
In the machine room, we begin our finish out process. We cut the plastic off the molds and then we begin our buffing and grinding portion of the fabrication. So, after we leave the machine room and we’ve finished our grinding and buffing process, we then usually begin our assembly. Most orthotics and prosthetics require modular components that we have to install after we finish them out. After the assembly process it goes into quality control where one of our peers review our work, checks it to the work order. Then we will begin the scheduling process and fit it to the patient.
I believe the reason why people should come to Horton’s for their orthotic prosthetic needs is mainly because of how much pride we take in the fabrication of them. Each patient isn’t just a number or a dollar sign to us. They’re real people. They’re our family members, they’re our friends, and they live in our community. Every time we make a brace or prosthesis, we know that it is just not another job. It is literally going to have a direct impact on how someone walks, on how they feel when they’re sitting with their family at dinner. That means something to us. It’s not just a job. We are doing something for our brothers & our sisters in our community and that is the most rewarding part.
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