"Leimkuehler, Inc. was started by my grandfather, Paul Leimkuehler, in 1948," Jim said. "He came back from World War II as an amputee. He lost his leg above the knee in the Battle of the Bulge. ... Then he was at Walter Reed Medical Center and there were a lot of amputees at that time, so he helped out making his prosthesis, his artificial leg. When he got back to Cleveland, he bought an existing prosthetic business and started Leimkuehler, Inc. ... My father and uncles [later] bought the business, and we're still at the building in Cleveland where my grandfather moved [the company] in the late '60s. My brother and mother and father and I all work in the business and we have three offices: Cleveland, Lyndhurst and North Royalton."
"Everybody is different," Jim shared. "Everybody's unique, especially with an amputation. There [are] no two residual limbs that are the same. First of all, we look at their activity level before the amputation and their motivation and what they want to accomplish with the device. ... [Next] the practitioner will take a cast of their residual limb just like you'd put a fiberglass cast on a broken arm, but then they pull that off and ... pour it with plaster and use it as a model to then have an exact copy of the patient's residual limb." From there, the Leimkuehler, Inc. specialists craft a unique item for the client, taking into account logistics regarding balance and weight bearing to create a device that suits the client's needs.
Depending on how active the client used to be prior to the amputation, the team will "They select components based on talking with the patient, what they want this device to be capable of and what the patient was capable of before. And then they'll pick out the foot, the knee, [or whatever body part is needed] based on those requirements."
A Network of Support
That said, the Leimkuehler, Inc. team also makes sure to match people appropriately with peers who have similar interests and/or activity levels. "We try to match up people that are going to be at a similar function level," said Jim, "because sometimes that can be overwhelming for somebody that's a new amputee to speak to a standup basketball player that's an amputee. We have a wide enough resource group base that we can match people up appropriately, and that does go a long way."
A Variety of Products and ResourcesIf you or a loved one has any needs in the realm of prosthetics or orthotics, Leimkuehler, Inc. has an amazing array of choices for those who are exploring their options. Consult with your doctor to determine what prescription would best suit your needs, then get in touch with local experts Leimkuehler, Inc. to create a lasting relationship with a company that truly cares about its customers.
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