Advances in Prosthetics May Help Amputees Live Normal Lives

The 2 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may have been controversial, but there is one fact that Los Angeles personal injury lawyers can agree on. These wars spearheaded tremendous research into prosthetics development, triggered by the vast numbers of veterans returning home from these countries with missing limbs. As a result of that research, even civilians who have suffered amputations can look forward to a life that is much more mobile, and independent than amputees could expect earlier.

When you compare prosthetic limbs today with a couple of decades earlier, it is astounding to see the difference between the clunky devices available then, and the devices of today. Then, prosthetic limbs were not just prohibitively expensive, but also uncomfortable, and contributed to a stiff and ungainly movement.

Flash forward to 2013, and prosthetic devices come with carbon fiber feet that can absorb and adjust impact when the person is not just walking, but also running and climbing. Climbing or running using a prosthetic leg was unheard of just a few decades ago. However, now it is not uncommon to find amputees, even those fitted with double prosthetic devices, living a fairly normal life, and participating in all the activities that used to be prohibited earlier.

Moreover, many prosthetic devices now come with titanium parts that make them much more sturdy and durable. Artificial intelligence has also made its mark in the prosthetic sector, and now you have artificial limbs that are powered by microprocessors for greater efficiency and ease of movement.

There is no doubt that the kind of cutting-edge technology that is being used in prosthetics design these days is significant improving the quality of life for people who have suffered these catastrophic injuries.