Prostheses of the Future

Since Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics was founded more than 45 years ago, the advancements to prosthetics have been incredible. However the biomedical engineers are still busy, get ready to see more life changing technology in upcoming years. 

In recent months, two astounding new developments in prosthetic legs have been announced. These new designs may seem like something out of a science fiction movie, but the results are grounded in research and cutting-edge science. Since this technology is still in the development and testing phases, it’s difficult to guess how long it may be until these resources are available to the public. However these developments do give us a glimpse of what the future may hold for amputees. 

Thought-controlled prosthetic limbs – An Orthotic and Prosthetic engineering company called Össur, based in Reykjavik, Iceland, demonstrated their newly-developed prosthetic leg. It operates using Implanted MyoElectric Sensors (IMES) that are actually embedded in muscles to send signals from the user’s brain to the prosthesis’ computer.

The benefits are limb movements that are natural and subconscious, although the challenge is that this intuitive technology seems to work far better for upper limbs than lower. The new prosthetic technology — intended for prosthetic feet, legs, and knees — is undergoing clinical trials. So far the reviews are favorable.

Prosthetic leg that transmits feelings – The Research Group for Arm and Leg Prostheses Linz (ReALL) demonstrated a new leg prosthesis in Vienna recently that simulates feeling for the amputee. This new design connects nerve endings to sensors in the artificial limb, allowing the amputee to actually feel sensation transmitted from the prosthesis. Researchers say that not only does this make the artificial limb feel more natural, but it should enhance safety and possibly even help diminish the experience of phantom limb pains. This incredible new technology is still in development, but offers an exciting prospect for the future..

Looking for prosthetic services in Traverse City, MI and area? Contact our friendly staff at Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics. We have more than 20 locations in Michigan offering specialized, caring support for prosthetic services. We accept a wide variety of health insurance plans and have the flexibility to work out an extended payment plan to cover care if necessary. Contact a Michigan location near you today.

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