Houston, TX (PressExposure) July 20, 2007 -- The Prosthetic Center today announced that it had once again been named to the Houston Business Journal's List of Fastest Growing Women-Owned Business. This is the second year that The Prosthetic Center has been included on the list. The Houston Business Journal evaluated businesses by percentage ownership, size, employee number, gross revenue and profit to determine the ranking for each category. The HBJ will published the Women-Owned List in the August 24 issue. The Prosthetic Center, located in the Upper Kirby District, provides custom prosthetics, Myoelectric, Custom Orthotics, Pedorthic and Mastectomy services and products. Producing a custom device requires knowledge and consideration of the activity requirements and medical needs of each person. Founded in 1991, strives to create a unique, non-clinical atmosphere in which to treat amputees and clients.
Prosthetists and Prosthetics The Prosthetic Center is 100% women-owned. Surprisingly, women make up only 12% of all Board Certified Orthotists and Prosthetists in the United States: 600 out of 5000. The Prosthetic Center is home to two women CPO's. "CPO", Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist is the designation given by the American Board of Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics to a trained prosthetic/orthotic practitioner. To obtain board certification, a candidate must complete a 4-year degree in O & P, a residency and pass multi-part board exams. Texas is one of 11 states that also require practitioners and their facilities to be State licensed.
Amputation Statistics There are approximately 1.3 million amputees and 185,000 new amputations performed each year in the United States. Lawnmower accidents account for 8900 childhood amputations. As of February 2007 897 Armed Services personnel are now living with amputation. Amputations other than trauma or accident are usually associated with Diabetes and Peripheral Vascular Disease (poor circulation). Of all new amputations, PVD is the cause in 82%. Sadly, estimates predict only 4.2 years separate the first and a subsequent amputation for most Type II diabetics. Fortunately, advancement in the science of prosthetics such as lightweight materials, "bionic" arms and computerized legs, allow a prosthetist to provide a device that is less intrusive and more compatible with daily life.