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Prosthetic Limb Technological Advancements for Amputees
This section explores issues related to prostheses for children including: the reasons why a child would or wouldn’t use a prosthetic limb; how children receive and are fitted with a prosthesis; and, strategies and ideas for how to support a child to get the most out of their prosthetic limb.
To compare the performance of this novel prosthesis with a standard-of-care prosthesis (total surface bearing suction socket), we conducted a within-subject crossover experiment to measure differences in (1) activity levels, (2) residual-limb skin temperatures, (3) perspiration accumulation by both prostheses and expulsion by the novel prosthesis, and (4) subjective experiences.
Lower Limb Amputees and Low Back Pain - Physiopedia
As previously stated, the research to date is both equivocal and sparse, with inconsistencies regarding the effects of demographic and clinical variables on prosthesis use. Other factors not included in the current study may eclipse the importance of various demographic and clinical characteristics that we measured. For example, given that prosthetic legs more closely approximate the function of the lost limb, whereas prosthetic arms do not as closely approximate the function of the lost limb, cosmesis may be a more important factor in the decision to wear a prosthetic for those with upper-limb loss. This speculation is supported by earlier research that found that appearance of the prosthesis was comparable in importance to its function for those with upper-limb loss  and that the majority of these individuals report wearing a prosthesis for cosmetic reasons [17,23]. It was outside the scope of the current study to include all possible variables related to prosthesis use, but numerous factors worth exploring in future research remain.
The shank is the lower leg portion of the prosthesis
These differences highlight the potentially unique needs of these two amputee populations and further emphasize the need to explore reasons for these differences. For example, LLAs may present more challenging functional limitations, which are reflected in the greater use of a prosthesis overall. This possibility is supported by our finding that among persons with LLA, employment or active schooling (as opposed to retirement or disability) was associated with greater prosthesis use. In contrast, prosthesis use was unrelated to employment status for persons with upper-limb loss. However, greater prosthesis use was related to distal amputations for both ULA and LLA. This finding may reflect greater functional limitations in using prostheses that serve to accommodate proximal versus distal amputations.
Fitting with Lower Limb Prostheses - SPAO
In comparing those with ULA versus LLA, we noticed a number of important differences. Most notably, participants with LLA were significantly more likely to wear a prosthesis and to wear a prosthesis for a greater number of hours per day than were persons with ULA. Further, demographic and medical predictors of prosthesis use varied by amputation site (i.e., upper or lower limb). In particular, factors related to greater use (in hours per day) in persons with LLA included being younger, being employed, being married, having a distal amputation, and having an amputation of traumatic etiology. By contrast, level of amputation was the only variable associated with prosthesis use for persons with ULA. Specifically, those with a distal amputation wore their prostheses for significantly more days per month than those with a proximal amputation.