Tuesday, May 3, 2016

CoxHealth prosthetist/orthotist named fellow by the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists

Adam Edmonds, certified prosthetist/orthotist for CoxHealth, has been awarded a fellowship from the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists. There are only four professionals with such a designation in the state, and he is the only one in southwest Missouri.

The designation is a signature recognition of the academy: It is attained by those with a demonstrated commitment to mastering their profession through sustained educational pursuits and a proven track record of service to both their community and the profession.

One of the ways that service materialized for Edmonds was through a mission trip to Ukraine. While in Europe, he worked with disabled individuals and orphans: He used his expertise to set up orthotics and prosthetics trainings, as well as facility equipment.

In his daily work, Edmonds helps develop and design a prosthesis specific for each patient’s needs and function level. Patients have follow-up appointments with Edmonds, and go through tests to ensure proper fit and function of the prosthesis. Behind the scenes, he researches to find the proper componentry to meet the patient’s needs, works in the lab to oversee the fabrication of the prosthesis, and performs certain alignment and assembly functions. Later, he also helps patients learn how to best use their new prosthesis.