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Advances In Prosthetic Limbs

The injuries incurred by today’s soldiers have increased the demand for functional prosthetic limbs. Clunky plastic and wood prosthetics have been replaced by highly engineered limbs made of advanced plastic and carbon fiber composites. Matt McClellan, CPO, LPO, FISPO, visits “Sound Medicine” to discuss recent advances in prosthetics. According to McClellan, today’s prostheses are efficient and have come a long way in materials and componentry, and recent innovations such as hydraulics and microprocessors have made living with a prosthetic more comfortable. McClellan is the president of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and the owner of Prosthetic-Orthotic Associates in Tyler, Texas.