Losing a limb is a traumatic experience and the recovery can be a long and strenuous one. This is why it is of the upmost importance that you know what to share with your prosthetist to ensure you receive the most effective permanent prosthesis to fit in with your lifestyle. This includes asking questions and raising any concerns you may have in the processes of building and fitting your permanent prosthesis.
Terms used in this industry are often used interchangeably and can leave people feeling confused. This article will serve as a glossary of terms so when searching for the information you need when talking to your medical advisors about anything related to prosthetics you will be in the know. Consider this your glossary of terminology when discussing anything within the industry.
The comparison of modern prosthetic limbs to those throughout history takes us on an interesting journey of how the materials and design have become more advanced. The major difference in the range of improvements is found in the presence of newer materials as well as the integration of electronics in some cases. Permanent and custom made prosthesis have certainly been transformed over the years by orthotics and prosthetics practitioners and engineers, improving on both ergonomics and cosmetics.