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Prosthetic Technology

Posted onMarch 21st, 2016

Prosthetics are man-made apparatuses that replace certain body parts for people who are missing them. There are several reasons that someone may need a prosthetic device put in place. Perhaps the person lost a limb because of an accident, or because of an amputation. On the other hand, some people are born without certain body parts. Whatever the case may be, prosthetic body parts are a way to reintroduce some normalcy and functionality into the lives of those who do not have all their body parts.

The technology for prosthetics has come a long way. Gone are the days of wooden legs. The newest prosthetics on the market are actually operable. The devices available today are light, made often from plastic and aluminum (among other composite materials). They make use of robotics and computer chips to control the movement of the prosthetic device. Some even have silicone covers that create aesthetic of natural body parts. This new era of prosthetic technology is not only realistic in the way it looks, but the way it functions.

There are a variety of different prosthetic options for the lower extremities of the body. Prosthetics may replace any length of the leg or feet, including parts that attach at the hip, areas above the knee, below the knee, at the knee, and at the ankle. Nearly any part of the leg and foot can be replicated by a prosthetic replacement.

Different types of prosthetics are meant to achieve different goals. Some prosthetic legs resemble human legs in the way that the look. They may be shaped similarly or have a flesh tone color. There are some that are nearly indistinguishable from real legs. Others are designed to maximize functionality, and look less realistic and more robotic. Some are not shaped like human legs at all—but rather shaped like large flexible hooks.

Prosthetics are meant to replace the limbs that people have either lost or were born without. They are incredible alternatives that can help give people their lives back. Those who have received prosthetic limbs and appendages have regained functionality and can do once more what they haven’t been capable of doing. The science behind prosthetics is one of the great advancements in the technology of our time. In fact, beneath pants or in a shoe, you might never know that some people have prosthetic limbs. That is the beauty of prosthetic technology.

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