A prosthesis is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part. Technologies are constantly being developed to actively aid or restore movement to individuals suffering from muscular impairments or weakness, neurologic injury, or amputations.
There are a wide variety of prefabricated and custom-made prostheses. Due to modern advances in technology, prostheses are becoming lighter, stronger and more naturally functioning. Technological advances include the ‘energy storing foot’, the ‘microprocessor controlled knee’ and the ‘myo-electric’ (bionic) hand.
Much like a cochlear implant restores auditory function, a vestibular prosthesis restores balance function.
A stroke patient struggles to open a door. An amputee is frustrated at the erratic movements of his new prosthetic limb. And a healthy young individual is disappointed with how her body looks in the mirror. These troubles can stem from disruptions to the brain’s maps of the body; a problem observed in a whole host of other conditions. We currently […]