Advances in Prosthetic Limbs
For many years people who lost a limb were able to be fitted with some type of prosthetic replacement. Those prosthetic limbs started out simply, and over time as technology advanced, they have become more and more sophisticated. The one thing that has been missing for people who use a prosthetic limb is their inability to have any kind of sense of touch with their new limb.
While prosthetic limbs have progressed to the point where they are capable of mimicking most of the functions of a real arm or leg, the fact that there was no sense of touch in the limb was still a major problem. Without a sense of touch being able to control fine movements and decide what level of force to apply, a proper function was hardly possible. Making matters more frustrating was the fact that advances in electronics and robotics has now progressed to the point that prosthetic limbs are capable of performing the same kinds of movements as a real limb could.
The good news is that there are multiple scientists around the globe looking to address this problem and find a solution for it. Amazingly, there has been tremendous progress and scientists are now able to use implanted electrodes to connect an artificial limb to the nervous system of the person using it. While the process is far from perfect and needs a considerable amount of farther work to make it available to the public, it is still a great accomplishment. Currently the technology to allow for a sense of touch with a prosthetic limb requires the use of a wired connection. However, as technology continues to progress, it seems a certainty that wireless connections will be possible in the near future.
Losing a limb due to an accident or disease is a life changing event that many people struggle to deal with. While prosthetic limbs have offered a way for those who have lost limbs to regain some level of normality, they are far from perfect. Sure an artificial arm or leg can help a person regain their mobility and freedom, but currently they are still not perfect substitutions that have their downsides to work on. Previously, the main reason for this has been an inability to have any sense of touch with their new limb. Fortunately, modern technology is working to correct this problem, and has already achieved a lot. There are all chances that the capacity to connect a patient’s nervous system to an artificial limb will become a common practice in the near future.