Bionic Prosthetics, The Journey Till Date And The Probable Future

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Prosthetics are the only rehabilitation option for post-amputation complications. Apart from being a life-saving tool, prostheses can also be considered as a tool able to give back lost mobility. And this ability to give back essential abilities is not just restricted to an individual level, it affects entire societies. Amputees live a life full of incompleteness and dependency. Even for the mundane day to day tasks, an amputee depends on others. This not only deals great damage to confidence and self-esteem but also engages valuable human resources. A bionic prosthesis gives back some of the essential abilities needed for day to day tasks. And in the process frees up valuable manpower, contributing to the collective progress of society.

Prosthesis emerged as a saviour for amputees back in the mediaeval ages. Back then only a few craftsmen could build a prosthesis. The materials in use were heavy and rare in terms of availability. As a result, prostheses were expensive, restricted to an elite class of medieval society. Back then, prostheses lacked any functional and therapeutic aspects. Thus treated as a cosmetic tool, stating the wielder’s social status. However, today’s prostheses are not similar to their medieval counterparts. Both in the departments or ergonomics and welding experience. This article will explore the different techniques of and learning a bionic prosthesis. In the process of enlightening the reader about the empowering wielding experience, it has to follow.

Materials

As mentioned earlier, a bionic prosthesis of today is made out of composite materials. These materials are of high strength to weight ratio and more easily available than the heavy materials were in the medieval age. The inner linings of a bionic prosthesis are made up of superhydrophobic materials. These materials flaunt extremely low water retention, hence are almost frictionless. Among these materials, silicone elastomers are the most popular, due to their cushiony nature and promise of comfort.

Due to these advanced materials, a modern-day prosthesis is easy to wield and the functional aspects of the same make it a more empowering experience as a whole.

Protection

Life on planet earth involves exposure to dust, wind and especially humidity. All these environmental factors are detrimental to the electronics packed in a bionic prosthesis. A good bionic prosthesis will keep these things at bay by superior protection. Without protection from these factors, life would have been as full as before wielding a prosthesis.

Some degree of water resistance is expected from any prosthesis along with the promise of protection from dust.

Wielding experience

The wielding experience depends on many things when it comes to an artificial hand. It requires months of hard work to learn how to wield a bionic prosthesis properly. And during this period of the ordeal, the manufacturer invests a lot of effort in calibrating the device for optimum performance. An amputee learns the limitations and capabilities of their new enhancement so that an unwanted scenario can be avoided.

After the process of learning and wielding is complete, the experience of a bionic prosthesis should be empowering at its best. It gives back enough abilities to rejoin the flow of life all around oneself.

Functional and therapeutic implications

Due to the massive functional promises of a bionic prosthesis, it is a widely deployed tool for post-amputation rehabilitation. A bionic prosthesis picks up electromyographic signals from the muscles and translates the same into gestures and actions. The hardware and software capabilities determine the quality and quantity of actions a bionic prosthesis can perform. An amputation is maybe a life-saving procedure, but the cost it extracts is steep. The toll extracted is so high that an amputee loses all probabilities for an independent life. By giving back the most essential abilities, a bionic prosthesis helps in the regrowth of confidence and self-esteem. An artificial hand can not replace the old lost limb. But can replace the loss by throwing back a little bit of functionality. It takes time for the rehabilitation to complete. But when it is complete, an amputee who has lost all the motivations and chances of being a professional gets back the choice of a diligent lifestyle. Thus the immediate isolation after an amputation is mitigated in detail by the rehabilitation approach of a bionic prosthesis.

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