At Western Carolina O&P we pride ourselves in the innovation of our profession through the use of technologies implemented to increase the efficiency and safety of prosthetic design for our patients. Our facility has practitioners that are certified in the full range of Microprocessor Controlled joint systems from several different companies across the field which are producing groundbreaking lower extremity joint systems. The purpose of these such systems are to employ computer assisted joint dynamics, such as flexion resistance, to aid patients who need increased function due to lack of volitional control or gait abnormalities.
OTTO BOCK CLEG 4 KNEE
OSSUR RHEO 3 KNEE
Both the CLEG from Otto Bock and the Ossur Rheo 3 knee provide excellent microprocessor control features for Above Knee or Transfemoral amputee patients. The CLEG is a computer controlled Hydraulic (Fluid Movement Based) swing and stance phase knee unit that allows for adjustable and computer learned features for both swing and stance phases of gait. The Ossur Rheo 3 knee is a microprocessor controlled Rheologic (Fluid Density Based) swing and stance phase knee unit which operates with adjustable settings and computer learned features for both swing and stance phases of gait. Although their design is different they offer the same functional features along with specific characteristics that make each a great choice for an MPK. This translates into a knee unit which allows the prosthesis to work with the amputee’s load and movement to normalize their gait pattern and provide the appropriate assistance or resistance in the sagittal plane of the knee depending on the patient’s environment or volitional use of their Above Knee or Transfemoral Prosthesis.
ENDOLITE LINX LOWER EXTREMITY SYSTEM
The Endolite Linx Lower Extremity System is the pinnacle of Integrated Limb Design in the field of Prosthetics. This system combines the microprocessor control features of a knee and foot that share information in real time to mimic natural human locomotion during ambulation or in standing posture on any surface or terrain. This biomimetic technology gives the benefits of microprocessor controlled Hydraulic Knee and Ankle/Foot motion with adjustable and computer learned features that enhance the prosthetic users gait pattern and sense of motion over terrain with improved proprioception.
ENDOLITE ELAN MICROPROCESSOR FOOT
The Endolite Elan Foot which is the Microprocessor Foot portion of the Linx System can be applied alone for use in the Below Knee or Transtibial amputee population. The microprocessor Ankle/Foot system provides controlled motion in both dorsiflexion and in plantarflexion for variable response to inclines, declines with added control features for dorsiflexion or plantar flexion resistance. This is very important for patients who live in uneven terrains or lack proprioception themselves to safely navigate the world.
GOALS OF MICROPROCESSOR CONTROLLED JOINT SYSTEMS
Enable Even Loading of Lower Extremities Reduce Compensatory Motions Increase Comfort in Prosthetic Socket Improved Balance Enhanced Proprioception Allow for Ease of Ambulation on uneven surfaces Enable Greater Mobility Improve Biomechanics of Gait Normalize Human Locomotion with a Prosthesis Lower Energy Expenditure Increase Patient Satisfaction with Prosthetic Use Increase SAFETY of Prosthetic Use