Blogs » Law and Legal Services » Deutshmann Personal Injury & Disability Law - PERSONAL INJURY & DISABILITY LAW
 

Blogs

Deutshmann Personal Injury & Disability Law - PERSONAL INJURY & DISABILITY LAW
New Prosthetic Limbs Have a Sense of Touch
Return to Blog 

The technology of prosthetic limbs is moving ahead by leaps and bounds. Not so long ago a prosthetic was carved from wood or was a metal hook. They strapped onto the person’s body and allowed for the simplest of grasping or stabilizing movements. Today’s prosthetics are far more sophisticated devices.

Imagine not being able to grasp a fragile object or a child’s hand because you have no sense of the force you are using. Walking is much more difficult when you have no idea of the surface that you are walking on. Current prosthetics cannot be trusted by users which results in a heavier dependence and additional stress being placed on their functional limbs. This in turn leads to premature wear and tear, impedes mobility, increases the risk of secondary conditions like heart disease, osteoporosis, and ultimately a decrease in the quality of life.

Word came last week of European research that has led to prosthesis that has restored some of the sense of touch for lower leg amputees. This is a great move forward for those requiring a prosthetic. Until now lack of feeling has been a great hinderance. This will allow much easier movement for amputees and a higher quality of life and greater independence.

The new prosthetics developed by Dr. Stanisa Raspopovic based out of ETH Zurich, use modified commercially available limbs that tap into the existing neural networks in the body. The prosthetic device  contains sensors that take signals in the prosthetics and convert them to sensory signals that are transmitted through the neural networks that are still working in the body. The small group of patients who have formed the trial had better mobility and agility. They also had a greater speed when climbing stairs and walking. They were less likely to stumble on uneven terrain as well.

Plans for larger clinical trials are underway. You can read the research study here.

Posted on Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 - 09:25:00 AM EST
 Comments  (0) Post a Comment 
   By Deutschmann Personal Injury & Disability Law - Visit Our Business Directory Listing  |   Return to Blog 

Blogs Home   |   Start a Blog   |   Subscribe To Blog
News   |   Announcements   |   Events Calendar
Contact The News Editor   |   News FAQs

 
    <<     September  2021     >>   
S M Tu W Th F S
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30    
Jump to:

Article Categories
Car Insurance
Community
Disability Law
Law Enforcement
Personal Injury Law
Safety

Recent Articles
Winter Tires? Are you still on the fence?
Can Concussion Diagnosis Be A Urine Test Away?
Looking for a Fun Way to Enjoy Winter? How About Fat Biking
'Dancing Molecules' offer new hope for traumatic spinal cord injury recovery
Snowmobile Season is Fast Approaching – Are you Ready for a Safe Season?
Will We Need COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots? It Looks So.
Measuring Blood Protein Level May Be Key to Predicting Brain Injury Outcome
First Indy Autonomous Car Race Features Local Entry
OPP Say It’s Vital Users Understand E-Bike and Scooter and Mobility Scooter Rules
See a car with a green flashing light? Yield the right-of-way!
If the Expert Predictions Are Right the Future of Driverless Cars Is Very Nice!
Resilience is Key to Spinal Cord Injury Recovery
Swimming Pool Injuries in Ontario – Common and Dangerous
Cycling Safety – Cycling Facts
What You Need to Know About Personal Injury Cases
Sitting too much? Most of us are and it's as bad for us as smoking.
Cottage Ownership and The Occupiers Act
Would you admit to your unsafe driving behaviour? More than half of Ontario drivers did!
Serious Driving Charges Can Now Be Laid At Lower Thresholds
Lending Your Car to Other Drivers? Beware.

Articles by Month of Posting
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2018
January 2017
January 2016
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
August 2012
July 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
January 2008
July 2007
May 2007
April 2007