As you can guess from our name, we at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics know all about prosthetic devices and their many variations. When it comes to prosthetic knees, there are two main varieties: mechanical knees and microprocessor knees. Mechanical knees replace the missing knee joint with a mechanical hinge. How quickly or easily that hinge swings is typically controlled by friction, or by a hydraulic or locking mechanism. Microprocessor knees, on the other hand, use computer chips to control their mechanisms and allow you to achieve a more stable and efficient gait. The addition of microprocessors also allows the prosthetic knee joints to be more complex, which in turn allows you to more closely mirror a natural walking pattern.
Our team at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics is committed to providing our patients with the best in prosthetic technology, and the best selection of products to boot. In our experience, many users of mechanical knee prosthetics adopt a stiff-kneed gait, which creates additional stresses in the lower body that can result in long-term complications. Microprocessor knees, in contrast, use sensors to analyze and detect changes in your gait and signal the prosthetic to give you dynamic support. This allows you to walk without excessive stress in your lower body, leading to more positive long-term results.
We at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics are proud to serve the Winston-Salem, North Carolina community, and we want to help you get the advanced prosthetics and high-quality care you deserve. If you are interested in learning more about our microprocessor knees, just give us a call.
Since 2014, Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics has become the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area’s preferred source for orthotics, prosthetics, diabetic footwear, mastectomy prosthetics, and shoe inserts.