Providing the latest in assistive technology
Both prosthetics and orthotics have undergone major advances in recent years, with enhances in all areas including the strength, weight and durability of the materials they are made from; the ways by which they are fitted to the client; and the ongoing computer monitoring and adjustment to achieve mobility as close to nature as possible. Embracing fashion and colour has also updated the image of artificial limbs.
Microprocessor prosthetic knee (MPK)
Generally, there are two kinds of prosthetic knees: a mechanical knee and a microprocessor knee. Mechanical knees all use a mechanical hinge to replace the knee joint. How quickly or easily the hinge swings is often controlled by friction, some type of hydraulic system or a locking mechanism.
Microprocessor knees provide a more advanced method of control than mechanical models. These computer-controlled knee joints are designed to help you walk with a much more stable and efficient gait that more closely resembles a natural walking pattern. Using a series of sensors, the microprocessor monitors your gait and makes small continuous adjustments to resistance as needed, for example, walking up or down stairs, or at different speeds.
Osseointegration is the direct structural and functional connection between living bone and the artificial implant that will bear the weight of the prosthesis. A surgical implant is placed into the bone providing a direct connection to the prosthetic device offering a new level of control and functionality not normally experienced in conventional prosthetic devices.