What is a Prosthesis?
The ever-evolving technology has played a vital role in improving the prosthesis. Now you have battery-powered prosthesis that provide improved mobility. Now an individual will not feel the absence of limb mobility or struggle with stability. Especially technologies like hydraulic pumps have helped the areas of movement. This is helping the individuals resume their day-to-day activities much more easily compared to earlier.
The prosthesis has become a life-changing field of medical science that has helped restore both the body part and the person’s confidence.
Types of Prosthesis
There are four main types of prosthesis:
Prosthesis is a wearable device that intends to provide the functionality and/or appearance of a missing body part. In the case of trans-radial prostheses, the wearer or the trans-radial amputee is fitted with an artificial wrist and a hand that is either mechanically or electro-mechanically operated.
Upper Limb Prosthesis
As mentioned earlier, upper limb prosthetics can be classified into two categories: the range of products that comes under transradial means below the elbow, and transhumeral includes prosthetics for areas above the elbow.
When it comes to upper limb prosthetics, they incorporate simple hinge and gimbal type joints. The artificial upper limb is designed to be robust in nature, stable enough during usage, and safe for the user.
The ever-developing technology in the medical field has become an additive benefit to this field. Due to it, we can produce a much more life-like, sustainable and affordable range of upper limb prosthetics. In addition, upper limb prosthetics have proven to benefit individuals to resume their daily activities once they are used to them.
Lower Limb Prosthesis
(i) the transtibial prosthesis are made for areas under the knee;
(ii) transfemoral prosthesis are made for areas above the knee.
A lower limb prosthesis is used to restore the functions of the lower limb/ leg. As seen earlier, there are two categories, and these categories consist of various products such as artificial hip, thigh, knee, ankle and foot.
Various technologies are helping to improve the quality and movement of the artificial lower limb prosthesis to make it much easier and more comfortable for the user. However, especially while considering the lower limb, the primary concern lies in weight division, as the legs receive the entire weight of the human body. Hence while choosing the suitable upper prosthesis go for a proper custom made prosthesis that will give you good balance and weight division.