New Prosthetic Could Let Amputees Stay on Job

Published: Jul 20, 2007

New technology may enable amputees from all service branches to return to active duty if they so choose. Otto Block HealthCare previewed a new prosthetic leg at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. The device, for above-the-knee amputees, includes a microprocessor that controls the knee’s hydraulic functions and responds to the wearer’s actions in real time. The idea is to allow the wearer to engage in various mobile activities with greater stability without having to stop and make timely adjustments.

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