From the outside looking in, many wouldn’t realize that Andrew Parys, a Hershey, PA native who loves his Pittsburgh teams and home brewing, has been living with a prosthetic leg since the age of 1.
Growing up, his below-the-knee amputation never stopped him from doing the things he loved. But in his adult life, Andrew developed lower back pain and mobility restrictions, stemming from his current prosthesis.
A Lower-Limb Prosthetic That Erased Limitations
For Andrew, feeling limited by his amputation wasn’t an option. We understood his frustrations, and our team, including his practitioner, Eric Shoemaker, MS, CPO, believed we had the fix in a new prosthetic technology.
The NU-Flex Socket is a flexible lower extremity prosthetic that moves comfortably with its wearer, making it feel like it’s hardly even there.
“I love it,” says Andrew. “I can bend over and pick something up without it being a production.”
While the immediate difference in how he felt was clear, the long-term impact of Andrew’s new prosthetic leg was even greater.
Results That Didn’t Disappoint
Andrew’s lower back and knee pain subsided. He had more energy at work and school. His sciatica problem diminished. And, most importantly, he felt more content in his day-to-day life.
So what’s next for Andrew? He wants to have the strength to join a local football league, travel to Thailand, and even open his own microbrewery.
Like many thirtysomethings, Andrew has dreams and goals. And his prosthetic is going to help get him there — one step at a time.