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How do Prosthetic Limbs work?

November 29, 2018

Ever since people fought in battles centuries ago, doctors strive to find a way to keep injured people alive. If a limb was cut off during a battle, they had to create Prosthetic Limbs. Nowadays there are many conditions and situations that can require Prosthetic Limbs, but the process has the same core when compared to what renaissance or Victorian medics were using.

 

 

The Prosthetic Limb Structure:

Prosthetic Limb creation starts with a pylon. This is the internal frame of the limb, also known as the skeleton. It’s a mandatory component that offers you the support you need, and it’s usually created from metal rods. But as technology evolved, now we have light carbon composites that are used to create these pylons. They are enclosed in a material like foam, and their cover can be colored and shaped in order to match the skin tone of the lost limb.Then there’s the socket. This is the Prosthetic Limb portion that acts as an interface between the new limb and the old one. The socket needs to be fitted to the residual limb, otherwise it can lead to damage and irritation for the person that wears the Prosthetic Limbs. The soft liner is found at the interior, and the patient might have to wear a prosthetic sock in order for the limb to fit perfectly.

You also have a suspension system. You do need something that will keep the Prosthetic Limb attached to the body, and the suspension system takes on this job. There are many types of systems which can be used here, such as straps, belts, sleeves, harnesses and so on.

 

 

How does the Prosthetic Limb work?

The way the Prosthetic Limbs works is very easy to understand. First you will have to place the residual limb into the Prosthetic Limb, and this needs to be fitted adequately. You might have to try it a few times, otherwise it might not work the way you want. Once your residual limb into the socket, all pressure is placed on the pylon. You will have to secure the residual limb with the suspension system. Make sure that it works properly, if not you can end up with a few problems. Most suspension systems rely on suction because it offers the best value and quality without putting you through any challenges to begin with. The thing to keep in mind about Prosthetic Limbs is that each company tries to put its own spin on how it works. What we mentioned above is the basic system, but some Prosthetic Limbs tend to be easy to adapt and adjust to your own needs. Adaptability is key here, and it does bring in front some nifty results and benefits to focus on all the time.

 

If you use the right Prosthetic Limbs, you will have no problem resuming your regular activities. But as you can imagine, using a Prosthetic Limb takes some getting used to. Yet it can help a lot when it comes to regaining control over your day to day tasks. Just start using the artificial limb adequately and it can help you a lot as time goes by.

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