What is it about?
Traditionally, young children with lower limb loss are not provided with a working prosthetic knee right away. Instead, physicians wait until the child can stand and start walking on a prosthesis with no knee. We found that children who receive a working knee in their first prosthesis can use the knee just like their typically developing peers and develop walking more naturally.
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Why is it important?
This research suggests that this “Early Knee” treatment should be considered a new standard of care for very young children with limb loss, replacing the traditional protocol.
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This page is a summary of: Walking kinematics in young children with limb loss using early versus traditional prosthetic knee prescription protocols, PLoS ONE, April 2020, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0231401.
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