Prosthetic Limb Research Paper

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The Impact of Prosthetic Limbs

The human skeleton system is made up of 206 bones and tissues such as Ligaments, Tendons and Cartilage, all these substances work together to give our internal organs support, to allow our bodies to move properly and to provide support needed to prevent us being just a pile of skin and organs in the floor, did you know that new born babies have 300 bones but as they grow older the smaller bones all join together to form one big bone.

Without our skeletal and musculoskeletal system we would not be able to move. The skeleton has 200 joints. Joints are where 2 bones meet. Ligaments hold these two bones together at the joints. Joints allow our body to move in many different ways such as: Bending, stretching, running
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There are other reasons that lead to getting prosthetic limbs such as:
- Amputation from circulatory errors like diabetes
- Loosing a limb to cancer
- Birth defects (congenital limb deficiency)
- Very bad accidents (automobile accidents, military combats)
- Bone problems (weak bones, brittle bones)
Other things can lead to the use of a prosthetic limb but these are the most common ones.

Other animal species can have prosthetic limbs to give them support such as rescued dogs and cats and even birds who can get a prosthetic beak to support them in many ways such as eating and communicating.

Prosthetic limbs have been around since the beginning of time; humans have always been finding ways to replace lost limbs. The replacements have greatly improved over time and have helped more people because there is easier access to them.
The journey to create a computerized prosthetic limb began in the early 1500’s and has been evolving and improving ever
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In 1696, Pieter Verduyn developed the first non-locking below-knee prosthetic limb which later became the blueprint for the modern prosthetics.

In 1800, James Potts designed a prosthesis made of a wooden shin and socket, a steel knee joint and an articulated foot that was controlled by artificial tendons from the knee to the ankle. It would become known as the “Anglesey Leg” after the Marquess of Anglesey, who lost his leg in the Battle and wore the leg.

In 1843, Sir James Syme found a new method of ankle amputation that did not involve amputating at the thigh. This was great for the amputee community because it gave hope that there was a possibility of walking again with foot prosthesis instead of full leg prosthesis.

Today prosthetic limbs are available for any missing limbs including torsos and full functioning shoulders.

Many discoveries and breakthroughs have been made that have boosted the development of prosthetic limbs making them more functional as well are more comfortable and easier to

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