(Newswire.net -- October 27, 2016) Largo, Florida --Prosthetic devices have been around for thousands of years now. These devices have helped countless individuals with disabilities return to activities they previously were able to do normally. However, many people who are unfamiliar with the field are not aware of the technological advancements being made to improve prosthetic devices. To help educate the public, Cary Frounfelter, a licensed prosthetist who runs his own practice in Florida, talks about the different prosthetic technologies available today.
According to Cary, the materials used in creating every device depend on various factors, such as the weight of the user, the desired activities, and personal preferences. Kevlar, titanium and carbon fiber are all great options for reducing a device’s weight, as well as for increasing its strength and durability. Flexible polymers, on the other hand, are used to create devices that provide increased comfort. To learn more about his profession career, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cary-frounfelter-0318aa47.
Thanks to the recent advancements in computer technology, CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) technology is increasingly being used to design and create models from which prosthetic sockets are made. Measurements are scanned in by either laser or using a special hand-held wand. Details that describe the shape and size of the limb enables the prosthetist to design a prosthetic device for the patient using a computer. What makes this even more convenient is that designs can now be downloaded to an automated carver that makes the prosthetic device.
Cary also mentions arm prostheses with electrically powered hands and elbows, saying that simple switches may now be used to control these, although it may be possible to use sensors on the skin as well to detect signals generated by muscles to control the prosthetic device. In some cases, microprocessors are utilized in analyzing and processing the signals. Patients who use this kind of technology can both have the strength to grip a heavy object and the delicate touch to pick up a tiny object.
Another technological advancement in the field of prosthetics, says Cary, is the programming of electronic knee joints for individual patients. These electronic knee joints can sense changes in speed, force and position, allowing amputees to walk down stairs and hills.
“There are plenty of technological advancements in the prosthetics field,” Cary states, “and prosthetic devices will only continue to improve with the passing of time. Not only is technology changing the way prosthetic devices are made, it is also allowing amputees to fulfill their full potential.”
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About C. Frounfelter MD
Cary Frounfelter is a professional prosthetist/orthotist licensed in the state of Florida. After losing his right leg to a vehicle accident in 1987, Cary shifted his major from architecture to prosthetic studies. Since 1989, he has committed himself to providing prosthetic and orthotic care in Florida and has been working professionally in the field for over 22 years now. Apart from running his own practice in the state, he also does missionary work in Jamaica, and has provided prosthetic devices free of charge to over 100 Jamaican amputees.
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