What is an orthopedic prosthesis?
An Orthopedic prosthesis is an artificial substitution created to fully or partially replace an amputated limb of the human body. In the same way, medical technology in general, the technological development of Orthopedic prostheses has not stopped and seeks to emulate as much as possible the natural members of the human body. The prostheses perform a large number of essential functions such as: Return a large part of the mobility to the individual, the ability to perform daily activities without the help of other people and the optimization of balance and posture in general, avoiding absence caused by lack of the amputated limb of the human body.
What components make up an orthopedic prosthesis?
An Orthopedic prosthesis consists of:
Prosthetic socket: Part of the prosthesis in which the patient inserts his amputation or residual limb. Choosing the lace technology is very important because the individual must feel comfortable with the prosthesis.
Prosthetic joints:Parts that replace amputated joints, such as: Knees and hip joints. Their types are very varied, having mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and even electronic joints.
Adapters and Kits: The Kits act as the bones of the amputated human limb. In the same way, the adapters work as the union between the different elements that make up the prosthesis in the body.
Prosthetic feet: As the name suggests, they replace the amputated prosthetic foot. They play a fundamental role in the prosthesis as they are responsible for receiving the impact of the heel with each step and redirecting it correctly to result in a harmonious, comfortable and natural gait.
Before being able to indicate which elements are more suitable for the prosthesis to be used by a person, our medical personnel must be able to carry out a previous diagnosis that allows them to evaluate their needs and be able to determine the most suitable prosthetic tool for each case.
Within the range of ailments and ills to be treated to add the Orthopedic prosthesiss are:
Accident (loss of limbs, arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers).
Children with congenital problems of: scoliosis, foot or chapin, dysplasia or dislocation of the development of the hip, as well as infections in bones and joints in children of all ages. Broken bones are a special problem in children because they are still growing.
Just as prosthetics are being perfected every day with the support of technology, orthopedic doctors and technicians also develop their knowledge and specialize as they supervise, maintain and repair orthotics and prostheses through the use of hand tools. In short, it is a very noble career because it helps to value the person as a human being.