Prosthetic technology explained

Prosthetic technology explained

Whether you’re a new amputee or have been using prosthetic systems for many years, you may not be aware of all the recent exciting advancements in the development of artificial limbs. Breakthroughs have come in new materials and new electronics, as well as new kinds of therapies.

Today’s prosthetics have a wide range of functions and benefits that can help you achieve your desired activity level and lifestyle. It’s important to have a basic understanding of how a prosthetic system works, and the technologies available to you.


How to get the most out of your prosthesis

Does your prosthesis work well for you? For most people, there are 3 critical factors that make the difference.

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Microprocessor knees

Prosthetic knees controlled by microcomputer technology have set the standard for stability and ease of use, especially for people who want to resume an active life.

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Prosthetic feet

Today’s prosthetic feet, including many that emulate mimic the action of an anatomical foot and add other benefits, can help you meet your activity goals.

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How liners work

For someone who wears a lower limb prosthesis, liners are key to comfort. They also combine with the suspension system to connect your limb to the prosthesis.

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Keeping your limb on

Various forces are at work in a prosthetic socket, the shell that encases your residual limb and connects you to the rest of your prosthesis. Different suspension systems have varying control over two forces that can cause pressure points or sores: rotation and shear.

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What to consider when it’s time for a new prosthetic knee

When the time comes to replace your prosthetic knee, you want to make sure you have considered all your options carefully

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Wellness

Find articles and tips to help you achieve positive and healthy changes to your life.

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Myoelectric prosthetic hands

The latest myoelectric prostheses offer incredible functionality, providing improved control and better looks

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Success stories

Discover how others have benefited.

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