A recent study by the RAND Corp, "Economic Value of Advanced Transfemoral Prosthetics", (for the full study click here) shows what prosthetists have known for some time. Microprocessor-controlled knees, commonly referred to as MPK's, substantially improve physical function and incidences of falls and osteoarthritis compared to non-microprocessor-controlled knees.
Mark Hopkins, PT, CPO, MBA and CEO of Dankmeyer, Inc. writes:
We are constantly looking to improve the value of the services and prostheses we provide to our clients. That includes prostheses that are durable and allow for long term improvement in the client's quality of life. We have known for some time that microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knee joints are a value added product and that they improve safety and quality of life for our clients with limb loss at and above the knee. It is nice to know the science has finally caught up with our clinical intuition! Please take a look at this simple graphic display of some recent good news coming from the scientific literature. As always, please feel free to contact us with questions. We are here to help.
There are a number of prosthetic suppliers who have MPK's. Dankmeyer uses products from several of these well respected innovators. You can click on the links below to visit their websites for pictures and technical details of MPK's, as well as their patient stories. Please contact us if you are interested in more information at 800-879-1245 or, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist.