is a Rehab Indy service to help inform our patients and other
amputees about prosthetic components and services. As Practioners;
performing the same tasks over the years, sometimes we overlook
that not everyone is familiar with every aspect of prosthetics.
That is why we have installed this forum called
Tech Tip. Through the next several months we will be covering
different areas of prosthetics that are important to you; the
amputee, but areas we sometimes take for granted. If you have a
Tech Tip idea contact :
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will detail that phase
This month's featured topic is:
Ossur Rheo - Endolite Adaptive - Otto bock C-leg
Microprocessor Knees are one of the latest innovations in prosthetics. But exactly what are they? A microprocessor knee is a prosthetic knee with an onboard processor or aka "computer". While walking the computer monitors many different aspects of the knee, to provide a stable yet normal gait. Amputee's are now able to walk up and down ramps, and stairs more confidently with the constant monitoring abilities of the
microprocessor knee. This is achieved because the processor will
not allow the knee to go into free swing until certain parameters
are met. These parameters vary with the stlye of knee. Below are
three different models of knees and a brief description of each.
Unfortunately the biggest draw back to microprocessor knees are their cost. Some providers are unwilling to
pay for this new technology. Limiting those who can receive
these components and the benefits that they provide.
A service from the staff at www.rehabindy.com
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