Prosthetic knees are designed to mimic the bending (flexion) and swinging (extension) of the anatomical knee joint as a patient walks. From advanced computer controlled components to simple locking joints, the prosthetic knee works together with the prosthetic foot and socket to achieve a smooth gait pattern.
There are two major classes of modern prosthetic knee joints, microprocessor controlled and non-microprocessor controlled knee joints. Your P&O Care prosthetist will help you understand the different types of knee joints and help you decide which type of knee will help you maximize your potential based on your goals, muscle strength, balance and K level (activity level). Read about Medicare prosthetic K levels here.