Evolve Prosthetics & Orthotics in Las Vegas offers the best solutions to meet our clients’ needs when it comes to knee prosthetics. We will work hard to find the best prosthetic knee solution for you and ensure it fits correctly.
Options For Every Patient
Many factors influence the type of knee prosthesis you might need, including amputation, age, and activity level. We can even help with knee disarticulation, which is a rare case when the amputation happens at the knee joint itself, rather than the femur. We offer many options in our Las Vegas prosthetics clinic.
- Single Axis
- Manual Locking
- Weight Activated
- Pneumatic & Hydraulic
Single Axis Knees
This option is the most basic type of hinged prosthetic knee. The advantages of these knees are that they are simple to use and durable. They are also typically lighter than their counterparts. Single axis knees can be used with a manual lock or constant friction control.
Manual Locking Knees
A manual locking knee is the most stable option. It provides an automatic locking option with the ability for you to unlock it manually. This may be a great choice for unstable patients or those who need to gain more strength before trying a different type of prosthetic knee. Manual locking knees are also suitable for those who frequently walk on rough terrain and are more active.
Weight-activated stance-control knees work by locking the joint while weight is placed on the prosthesis. It bends as the load is shifted. Many times this is the first prosthetic prescribed for a patient. It’s also commonly used by older or less active patients and those who need to regain muscle strength.
These types of prosthetics offer four or seven axes of rotation, with four being the most common. This level of versatility offers stability while also providing more range of motion. You can comfortably sit down with a bent knee with this prosthesis, which is not always the case with other types. Polycentric knees can be heavier, though, and do not yield as easily on ramps or stairs.
Pneumatic Vs. Hydraulic Knees
These knees control motion via pistons filled with either air (pneumatic) or fluid (hydraulic). The purpose of these types of knees is to control flexion when walking at different paces. They store energy and release it as needed. These are great options for very active individuals. They can also be combined with computerized or microprocessor knees.
Microprocessor knees are also known as computerized knees. They combine the best of modern technology, including software, batteries, sensors, and a hydraulic or pneumatic system. The sensors gather information and make adjustments based on different environments and your needs.
Microprocessor prosthetics are state-of-the-art and offer the most versatility of all the options available. They can, however, be heavier, more fragile, and more expensive than other types of knee prostheses.
Find Custom Knee Prosthetics In Las Vegas
You can trust Evolve Prosthetics & Orthotics to help you find and fit the right knee prosthetic for you. We are conveniently located in the Las Vegas metro area. Contact us today for an appointment or stop by our clinic. We would love to assist you in finding and customizing the prosthesis you need.