Prosthetic Knee Units
A new age of intelligent MPC knees and changing lifestyles of lower limb amputees
From the introduction of the first microprocessor knee in 1994 - the Blatchford IP, the intelligent knee options available today are now allowing amputee's activity and lifestyle choices that have exceeded expectations from only a few years ago. Most of the available designs today offer technical points of difference. So whether you are seeking to walk with improved safety and confidence in all day activities or wish to take your prosthesis into the ocean, there are now knees available to allow you these choices.
Ensure that you discuss with your prosthetist the key features of knees available in this category and those that suit your needs and funding means.
A knee for all occasions
Active users who require a broader level of performance and prosthetic use in water base activities, the Plie 3.0 from Freedom Innovations offers design and performance capabilities to fulfill all daily and recreational activities. The Plie 3.0 is a compact, lightweight and versatile MPC knee, which has the ability to be incorporated into various fitting combinations. For users that have longer residual limbs with limited build height below the socket, the Plie 3.0 can usually be accommodated with a low profile foot.
The first fully integrated microprocessor lower limb system
The Blatchford Linx is the first fully integrated MPC knee and foot system. The key features of the system are that it provides increased safety and reduced energy expenditure through progressive adjustments. The system measures biomechanical motion of the body at all times thus improving gait symmetry. In normal activities the user requires less compensation, which will result in less back pain. Due to the inherent stability of the design, there is significant reduction in general stress and strain on the body.
Considering other knee options
For various reasons many prosthetic users do not require or are suited for a MPC knee system. Lifestyle, fitting and available funding means are all factors that need to be considered when deciding on what prosthetic knee is most applicable. There is an extensive range of quality hydraulic and non-hydraulic knees that can be well suited for prosthetic users.
The selection of the most appropriate knee is important. Discussing your requirements with your prosthetist is therfore a vital part of the process.
The Selection of a suitable knee is determined by considering functional activity level, cosmesis and structural aspects that are compatible with daily living and vocational or work requirements. To check out our complete range of prosthetic knee units click here.
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