Technology June 7, 2017
New technique helps prosthetic limbs feel more natural
Scientists in the United States have devised a new surgical method that may help prosthetic limbs to feel much more like natural limbs.
The method involves bringing together coordination of the prosthetic limb, the nerves in the body, and using parts of the muscle. This will help amputees sense where their limbs are placed and to feel how much force is being applied to them.
Researchers say that this method will work for any amputee, including people whose amputations were performed many years ago. As long as there is a bit of the healthy nerve left, it can be used to regenerate muscle grafts.
These can be applied to a large number of cases ranging from trauma to chronic pain. So far, the tests have been done on mice and the scientists plan to soon begin implementing this approach in human amputees.
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