40. The evolution of prosthetics

A. Kam

Abstract


Throughout history, prosthetic limbs have undergone significant changes in design and function. For example, an ancient bronze and iron prosthesis with a wooden core, discovered in Italy and dated back to 300 BC, has evolved into a modern shock-absorbing multi-axis prosthetic foot for walking on uneven ground. Recent advances in “neuro-controlled” prosthetics with microprocessor controllers further allow their users to produce smooth, multi-joint movements, simulating “real limbs”. With an increase in government funding focusing on researches in independent mobility, it is expected that new designs will improve immensely the quality of life of amputees. Are we approaching closer to the “ideal prosthetic limb”? The objective of this paper is to examine the evolution of various prosthetic designs and to re-apply some of the old concepts into new designs. The method used is mainly literature review. Results/conclusion: N/A.
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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25011/cim.v30i4.2800

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