Assessment of mechanical knee joints
Not all users are personally best served by treatments using a mechanical knee joint. One of the lectures at OTWorld deals with how to check the suitability of prosthetic provision.
Whether individual users are best treated with mechanical or micro-processor controlled knee joints must be established by an interdisciplinary team and during a residential stay in a specialist centre. The tests must be undertaken according to standardised guidelines and testing procedures, claims Dr. Gerfried Peternell from the Rehabilitationsklinik Tobelbad. It is less, he suggests, about the efficacy of the components of the knee joint than about the ability of the user to take advantage of the functionality provided by the components. This must be tested and established for each individual.
Assessing advantages and disadvantages
In his lecture, Dr. Peternell will examine the various steps in the assessment of prosthetic treatments and will go on to elucidate the various assessment parameters involved in ascertaining the best possible treatment option for the individual.
To start with, he will present the advantages and disadvantages of mechanical knee joint components. With the help of selected actual cases and video sequences, he will demonstrate, amongst other things, why not every user is best treated with a mechanical knee joint.
Other lectures in the symposium entitled ‘High tech in orthopaedic technology – how much electronics does a person need?` are as follows:
- Functional effects of mechanical stance-phase control in KAFOs in comparison with a locked joint
- Body powered upper extremity prosthetics compared to myoelectrical prosthetics –advantages and disadvantages of the systems
- Advantages and / or disadvantages of microprocessor controlled prosthetic feet and ankles
- Results of a high quality RCT and recent clinical experiences related to an innovative MPK for lower mobility grades
- The limits of non-responder classification for microprocessor controlled exo-prosthetic knee components