Tolsma/ Stockwell Prosthetics

TS Prosthetics is an orthotic & prosthetic company based in Colorado Springs. We fit pediatric patients, elite athletes & everyone in between!

Operating as usual

It’s always good to have an extra set of hands (or paws) on deck if needed... At TSP we pride ourselves on having a comfortable office and welcome anyone into it. Especially those 4 legged ones... #patientsfirst

An artistic touch 🦿

In prosthetics, we call this having an artists eye and it’s a crucial part in making sure a socket fits well. Taking a plaster mold of someone’s residual limb, adding and taking away plaster, smoothing it with water and a having little bit of artistic creativity to make the best replica of their actual limb.
Once it’s done, a sheet of hot plastic will be draped over the mold which will become the patients check socket. Pretty neat huh?!

Happy New Year from Tolsma/ Stockwell Prosthetics to all of you! We can't wait to help you with your prosthetic and orthotic needs in 2021!

Our new brochures are here! Take a look inside to read a little more about what we do and the services we provide. We would love to work with you for any of your orthotic and prosthetic needs! 🦿

Adding in a new addition to the office! Today’s prosthetic technology allows the patient to descend step over step and having our own set of steps in the office is crucial to help fit and train the patient. So here they are in the making! 🦿

At TSP not only do we specialize in prosthetics but in orthotics also. We love working with Surestep to provide the best fitting (and best looking!) braces for our patients.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! 🦃

At TSP, we love collaborating with others to make sure our patients are set up for success.
Here, we are working with a patient on a custom ‘stump cup’ attachment for his bike. By using the expertise of the bike fitters at ProCycling: Colorado Springs' Premier Bike Shop we can assure we have everything dialed in as best it can be.
Teamwork at its finest! 🚲🚲

We love working with our patients and doing whatever it takes to make them comfortable in their new legs. Dogs in the lab always make us happy too. 🦿🐕

Did you know that we can make custom microprocessor knee covers for your prosthetic?

This is TSP’s co- owner Melissa Stockwell USA’s custom cover. It was a cotton fabric that was laminated with resin into a semi flexible cover that was molded over her knee.

These custom pieces are done for no extra charge if we provide the device for you. What fabric or design would you choose?

The abbreviated TSP story:

In 2019 our family moved out to Colorado Springs so Melissa could pursue her dream of making it to the Tokyo 2020 (now 2021) Paralympics. Soon after, they made the dream of owning their own prosthetic practice a reality and Tolsma/ Stockwell Prosthetics was born. TSP opened its doors in early 2020 and serves pediatric patients through elite level athletes and anyone in between.

Brian Tolsma has been certified in orthotics since 2009 and prosthetics since 2012. He specializes in pediatric orthotics and lower extremity prosthetics to include high performance athletes. He is passionate about making each device custom to the patients needs and loves being a family man outside of work.

Melissa Stockwell USA, an amputee herself, became certified in 2009. She is a patient first prosthetist, an accomplished athlete, winning a bronze medal in the Rio 2016 Paralympics and a proud mother of two. Melissa specializes in above knee prosthetic and the athlete population.

Being a husband and wife team is a dream come true and they love making a positive difference in the lives of their patients!

Another week, another leg! Happy Monday everyone!

A simple half turn of an Allen wrench can make such a difference in the fit and comfort of a prosthetic. We pride ourselves on spending as long as we need to make sure the alignment is perfect and the patient is comfortable walking out the door. The patients always come first!

We love when our patients send us pictures using their custom bike attachments! Here, Allan is using a custom piece that holds his residual limb while biking. This puts him in a more forward position while biking which adds more power and speed. We can’t wait to cheer you on Allan!

At TSP we are a patient first facility. When a patient comes in, they get our undivided attention as we use the time efficiently to fit the device and navigate through any and all issues that arise. Many times the patients walks in to see all their finished products laid out and ready to go as pictured here!

At TSP we are a patient first facility. When a patient comes in, they get our undivided attention as we use the time efficiently to fit the device and navigate through any and all issues that arise. Many times the patients walks in to see all their finished products laid out and ready to go as pictured here!

Getting a new prosthetic is like switching from a pair of old shoes that you love into a brand new pair. It takes time to adjust to the new ones but often they become better than the older ones. We love getting our patients up on new prosthetics and seeing them succeed. Here our patient is trying a microprocessor knee for the first time which will help her navigate stairs better and the hilly terrain of Colorado. 🏔🦿

Ever wonder what the insides of a prosthetic foot looks like? While there are dozens to choose from, many of them have a carbon foot plate similar to this one. It gives the patient some ‘energy return’ which can be compared to the push off of real feet. The more pressure the patients puts on it the better response they get. Then you add the foot shell over the carbon shell which comes in all types of sizes and colors. This specific foot shell has a split toe so sandals can be worn. The patient could even paint their toes if they choose. How’s that for some #wednesdaywisdom!

Once we have the socket ready for an above the knee amputee, the next step is to attach the knee and the foot and to make sure it is aligned correctly. There are multiple screws that can be turned and the slightest turn can make the patient walk differently. Once we have a static alignment (meaning the leg can stand on its own) we know it’s a good place to start fitting the patient!

An inside look on how we go from a positive mold of someone’s residual limb to a check socket that the patient can put on and wear!

At TSP we often use a team approach, especially when it comes to fitting custom attachments onto bikes for our high level athletes. Today, a bike fitter fhelped us get the perfect bike fit for a custom stump cup which will allow a better position for optimal speed. Many above knee amputees have chosen to go this route and found success and speed along the way.
Can’t wait to cheer you on along the race course Allan!

To make changes to an existing socket it is sometimes most effective to duplicate the current socket instead of casting the patient for a new one. To duplicate a socket you first fill the current one with plaster and let the plaster harden. Then you can take off the first check socket and make the necessary modifications to the new plaster mold for a better fit!

One of the first steps in making a socket is wrapping the residual limb with a wet roll of plaster of paris, letting is harden and getting a negative mold of the patients limb. That negative mold will be filled with more plaster of paris to form a positive mold and then modified to fit the patients limb! #WednesdayWisdom

At TSP we don’t just do traditional orthotic and prosthetics. We can make custom devices like these carbon AFO’s that can help the hand cycle rider be more aero and protect their feet!

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USA Triathlon, Challenged Athletes Foundation Name Five Members of Inaugural Junior Paratriathlon Development Program

Congratulations to our patient, Jack O’Neil, for being named to the Junior Paratriathlon Development team! We are so proud of you and can’t wait to cheer you on! 🏊‍♂️🚲 🏃 Heidi

teamusa.org USA Triathlon, Challenged Athletes Foundation Name Five Members of Inaugural Junior Paratriathlon Development Program

I think this sign means we are officially official!!!

While we are better at making prosthetics and orthotics we are also making masks. Yesterday Brian Tolsma made a bunch for family and friends and will make more this week. If you need a mask let us know, we will try to help!

The making of making a definitive socket includes making sure resin is distributed evenly around the mold to coat the carbon layers. Once the resin hardens, the device will be cut out to the appropriate size and given another coat of resin if needed!

Real time pulling of a check socket.
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Heat the plastic so it’s hot enough to drape over the plaster mold.
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Drape it over the mold, start the vacuum and let the plastic mold to the shape of the positive mold. If there is a hole in the plastic, the vacuum doesn’t work but you can patch it with the hot plastic.
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Cut the excess plastic off the bottom so it’s easier to cut off.
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Let it cool.

Here’s a video of us pulling the swim braces under vacuum with plastic that has been heated enough to form directly to the mold.

When someone who is a wheelchair user gets into a pool or a lake to swim, their legs can cause a lot of resistance that can create drag and slow them down in the water.

Did you know there are swim braces that can be worn to help reduce that drag? Check out the process in how we make ours.

Step 1: We take a mold of patients legs to create a positive model.
Step 2: That positive mode is then modified to the shape of the swim braces.
Step 3: Plastic is heated and vacuum formed around the mold.
Step 4: Once the plastics is cooled, it is removed from the model and polished to create smooth edges.
Step 5: Aligning them on the patients desired position during swimming and adding straps to prevent the brace from falling off and sinking to the bottom.

And just like that you have a faster swimmer!

It was an honor to present to the Olympic Training Center sports med staff all about TSP and how we can help the athletes they work with reach their potential. We look forward to working with the athletes when our services are needed. 🇺🇸

We love working with elite level athletes at TSP and specialize in custom pieces. Here Brian Tolsma is fitting Hailey Danz with a custom socket attached to her bike to help her get some added power. We can’t wait to watch her crush it out there on the bike this season leading into the Tokyo U.S. Paralympics! 🇺🇸🚲

The process of making a definitive (final) socket for a patient involves many steps. After the temporary socket fits well and is ready to go, we laminate the socket using carbon fiber, vaccum and a resin that hardens as it sets. Then the carbon is ground out to the shape of the socket and viola, a brand new permanent socket is ready to go! Brian Tolsma

Here at TSP, we pride ourselves on using the most advanced technology available... except sewing machines. When it comes to sewing machines, the older the better. Now who needs some straps?! #singersewingmachine

The TSP story.

In 2019 our family moved out to Colorado Springs so Melissa could pursue her dream of making it to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in the sport of Paratriathlon. We quickly fell in love with Colorado and the mountain air and decided to make Colorado our permanent home. Once we settled into our new home, Brian and I decided to make the dream of owning our own prosthetic practice a reality and Tolsma/ Stockwell Prosthetics was born. TS Prosthetics opened its doors in early 2020 and we look forward to serving patients locally and all over the nation. Brian is a certified orthotist and prosthetist and has a knowledge base to fit pediatric patients through elite level athletes and anyone in between. Melissa is a certified prosthetist and looks forward to getting back to patient care after her go at the Tokyo Paralympics.

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An artistic touch 🦿
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384 East Garden Of The Gods Road, Suite 140
Colorado Springs, CO
80907

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
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