Joint disease, any of the diseases or injuries that affect human joints. Arthritis is no doubt the best-known joint disease, but there are also many others
Prosthesis, artificial substitute for a missing part of the body. The artificial parts that are most commonly thought of as prostheses are those that replace lost arms and legs
Scientists and engineers have made great strides in recent years with prosthetics and orthotics. In this programme we discuss how designers are striving to simulate the anatomy and physiology of missing limbs. Though some prosthetics are simple and minimally functional, others are complex bionic artificial limbs with improved designs, using advanced hydraulics, lightweight materials such as carbon fibre, and computer microprocessors and sensors.
A prosthesis is much more than a medical device, it also completes a wearer’s sense of wholeness.
Bionic technology is removing physical barriers faced by disabled people while raising profound questions of what it is to be human. From DIY prosthetics realised through 3D printing technology to customised AI-driven limbs, science is at the forefront of many life-enhancing innovations.
Albert Chi, MD explains the crossroads of breakthrough surgery and breakthrough technology revealing the future of prosthetics that will change the world - the Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL), delivering hope and possibility to all who have lost an upper extremity.
Stryker Joint Replacement is turning out components for artificial hips and knees using GE Additive’s Concept Laser printers at its new manufacturing plant in Cork, Ireland. The titanium alloy parts have surfaces with good porosity for bio-integration, an important property for adhesion in cementless artificial joints. The 3D technology also offers unprecedented design freedom.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis (inflammation in the joints), affecting around 31 million Americans. It arises when cartilage (the tissue that covers the ends of bones) in our joints begins to break down, a process that is triggered by overuse and/or aging, and which gradually worsens over time. Cartilage provides padding that allows the bones in joints to glide smoothly against each other when we move. Without this padding, movement brings pain, stiffness, and swelling
For several years, a number of Swedes have been living with a unique mind-controlled arm prosthesis, and the world's most integrated human-machine interface. They have a permanent connection between the prosthesis and the skeleton, muscles and nerves in their upper arm – and can even sense how hard they grip with their artificial hand.
Arm Dynamics provides comprehensive, upper-limb-focused prosthetic rehabilitation care to amputees and those with congenital limb differences. Our unique approach maximizes each patient’s rehabilitation and empowers them to regain their independence, pursue their occupational goals and live a normal, active lifestyle.
We are living in exciting times, especially where the development of prosthetic technology is concerned. The past few years saw quantum leaps in research, the trajectory of which points to understanding the human brain and anatomy to create prostheses that increasingly feel more natural to use. Better designs promise a better quality of life for prosthetic users around the world, and there is no doubt that we will see more improvements in the following prosthetic tech this year.