Ossur, a global player in the prosthetic and orthopedic innovations game, has built the world's first motor-powered prosthetic knee. It's called Power Knee, and lower leg amputees in Europe and the U.S. will be able to get their hands on it first. Unlike traditional prosthetics, the Power Knee doesn't require patients to physically move it with their remaining limb.
Instead, the Power Knee functions as an integrated extension of its user. It does this by using battery-powered capabilities to compensate for the lost muscle and asymmetrical movement that are typical in people who have lost limbs. Sophisticated motion sensors, wireless communication, and artificial intelligence combine to make real-time adjustments based on changes in speed, stride, and even terrain.
The question of healthcare always comes into play, and as it pertains to the U.S., Ossur says a select number prosthetic practices and healthcare institutions have been certified as Power Knee Providers.
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