Please Explain: Prosthetics

Friday, September 28, 2012

Alena Grabowski, Assistant Research Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, and research scientists at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Denver, and Mike McLoughlin, Research and Exploratory Development at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory describe the latest prosthetic design and technologies and how they allow amputees to regain mobility.


Alena Grabowski and Mike McLoughlin

Comments [8]

Daria Price from New York

The newly released documentary Out On A limb, covers this subject in depth. It includes a segment with Mike McLoughlin and the Modular Prosthetic Limb, as well as segments about Targeted Muscle Innervation and many other developments occurring in this fascinating field. The inventor of the Cheetah Leg describes his original inspiration.

Oct. 01 2012 03:41 PM
Marion Littman from Princeton, NJ

Is any work being done to address the spastic form of cerebral palsy?

Sep. 28 2012 01:57 PM
John A

When commenting on the design of Pistorius' legs I like to say it was God who did it first. Just look at the rear legs of a standing cat, for example.

Sep. 28 2012 01:55 PM
Nick from UWS

As so often the case with scientists, they prove to be the most wooden, withholding and unresponsive interview guests.

Sep. 28 2012 01:51 PM

Hi, We live in Boston. My husband is below-the-knee amputee, right leg.
He lost his right lower leg in 2009. He uses a prosthetic but it is not
that comfortable and doesn't seem all that high tech, given that we live in this city renowned for its state-of-the-art medicine. How do we learn
more about this newer technology? And, does insurance cover this?

Sep. 28 2012 01:44 PM
Danielle Jensen

do your guests have any info on advances for people with toe amputations besides the traditional inserts worn in

ones shoes.

Sep. 28 2012 01:39 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Wait a minute--*how* do Oscar Pistorius's running prostheses provide him w/a disadvantage? And what kind of prostheses does he use for everyday walking?

Sep. 28 2012 01:29 PM
John A.

Do rotating motors still lead the way in making prosthetics move or are motors that move in a straight line, like muscles, starting to get used?

Sep. 28 2012 01:19 PM

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