Here at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics, we are committed to offering the latest and best in prosthetic technology. For those living with above-the-knee amputations, the recently developed microprocessor knees can make a big difference in your mobility and overall quality of life. In this article, we’ll go over more about this technology and its benefits to help you decide if microprocessor knees are right for you.
- What are Microprocessor Knees? As their name suggests, microprocessor knees are prosthetic joints that contain microprocessors. These tiny computers receive real-time data from the knee and analyze it to find patterns. The microprocessor then uses this pattern data to make adjustments in the knee, allowing the prosthesis to respond to changes in terrain and conditions in a way that more closely mirrors what the natural joint can do.
- What Advantages do They Offer? As we alluded to above, the main benefit of microprocessor knees is that they can respond to changing conditions the way a real knee would. While someone with two natural legs can walk across carpet, grass, and gravel with little difficulty, and navigate steps and slopes with relative ease, to someone with a prosthetic leg, these things can prove to be significant challenges. This is because the prosthetic limb can’t sense the terrain underneath it, and it can’t make the same micro-adjustments to account for changing conditions. Microprocessor knees address this problem and allow the prosthetic limb to act more like a natural one, with the same level of responsiveness and functionality.