What is Prosthetics

The design of the prosthesis is determined by the patient's physical changes, activity level and needs. Amputees generally require a new device every few years for the remainder of their lives. Children, due to rapid growth rates and high activity levels, along with extremely active adults need new prostheses on a more frequent basis.

In recent years, advancements in technology and materials have enabled prostheses to more closely mimic human form and function than ever before. Using carbon-graphite, titanium, and lightweight thermoplastics into prostheses results in state-of-the-art energy-storing feet, hydraulic knees, lightweight pylons, and myoelectric hands and arms, just to name a few. Improvements have also been made in sockets, often with computer-aided fabrication techniques and in cushion liners, in many instances dramatically improving the comfort and fit for a patient.

Technology and improved materials do not by themselves guarantee a better prosthesis. It takes knowledge, understanding, and personalized attention to each patient. Our ABC staff takes the time to listen to the individual needs of our patients, weigh and discuss the options available, and only then begin the custom fitting process. Proper fit, fabrication, and final preparation is not something that can be achieved in just one or two visits. Time is needed to allow the individual to adapt to a new, improved, or adjusted prosthesis. Only then can we and the patient be assured that the prosthesis will continue to feel good, look good, and perform well.

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