Picturing a New Life

NEW ROCHELLE, New York, March 9, 2020 – Michael P. sits in his kitchen holding an old photograph of two men in suits, one with his arm amiably around the other, smiling into the camera.  The other man wears a forced smile, clearly in pain and not hiding it well.  It’s a difficult memory to recall, as Michael admits he was the …

Synergies for Successful Prosthetics

Progressive Orthotics & Prosthetics own Sal Martella, CPO recently co-authored an article in Rehab Management with Robert Aranbayev, DPT of New York Dynamic Neuromuscular Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy on the model that they use to ensure their mutual patient’s success in resuming their normal activities and quality of life with a new prosthetic. You can read the complete article on Rehab Management’s …

One-Legged Warrior

Long Island, New York, October 22, 2019 – Navy Submarine Veteran Rich D. cracks another one-legged man joke as he shows off his patriotic prosthesis donning an American flag and bald eagle.  Having lost his leg to diabetes one year ago, Rich credits his sense of humor, “can-do” attitude, and military training for helping him transition to life as an amputee.  And …

Weathering the Storm: How One O&P Partnership has Flourished

The partnership strategies and practices of Progressive O&P’s co-owners, Sal Martella and Dan Bastian were recently featured in The O&P Edge magazine. In the article, Dan and Sal share the tips they’ve learned from their incredibly successful 20-year partnership.   Originally appeared in The O&P Edge, September 2019 By Linda Williams In an industry that has seen many solo practices …

Big Legs and Big Goals

QUEENS, New York, June 7, 2019 – Makeva B. sits comfortably in her bedroom, but her thoughts are miles away on a beach in the Bahamas. She’s planning a cruise with her best friend, three children, and her niece.  It will be Makeva’s first time not only out on a ship in the open ocean but also finding her balance on …

RIGHT INGREDIENTS TO RISE

LINDENHURST, New York, May 22, 2019 – Robert “Bob” M. waits for another loaf of bread to rise in his home kitchen in Lindenhurst. He thoughtfully chose every ingredient that went into baking it, lovingly kneaded the dough and can smell the success of his efforts. Six months ago, he wouldn’t have been able to walk over and pull it …

Tony Walker – Mystery of the Missing Leg

My guess is almost all amputees have had some embarrassing moments involving their prosthetic. I can’t be the only one! Falling down, an innocent child staring at it, stepping someone’s foot without realizing it…. all of those have happened to me but today the story I’m going to tell is one about my leg falling off in front of 200 …

Hanging On a “Hopeful” Limb!

by Benson Amollo The joy that had marked my 33 years of existence had gone out the window. In a whim. Thanks to a New Jersey Transit train that on a rage, mowed me down chewing off most of what used to be my strong, right leg. I would several days later wake up from a coma at a Trenton, …