The world's first artificial leg capable of stimulating the feelings of a real limb were unveiled by researches in Austria. Developed by Professor Hubert Egger at the University of Linz, this prosthesis places sensor on the bottom of an amputees prosthetic foot. These sensors are then run up into the prosthetic socket where connections are made to the nerve endings in the patients limb.
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With every step that is taken, pressure is applied to the sensors that trigger the patients nerve endings to send signals to the brain, thus causing the sensation of 'feeling'. In addition to increasing balance and safety for the amputee, one ancillary benefit of this new technology is that it has helped eradicate "phantom limb pain" in the test patient.
Advances are constantly being made in the field of prosthetics, in hopes that it gives amputee the ability to regain independence and live life to the fullest.
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