If you’re a new amputee (or a friend or family member), you have many questions. What happens next? What can I expect? Can I resume activities I used to enjoy? Many of those questions are best answered by your prosthetist and the rest of your health care team as they create your treatment plan. You can also take a look at Info for New Amputees elsewhere on this site.
But what about the prosthetic devices themselves? 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.
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.
When the time comes to replace your prosthetic knee, you want to make sure you have considered all your options carefully.