Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinical Excellence
We maintain our stance as leaders in the field by continuously staying ahead of prosthetic and orthotic advances through clinical research. We study the patients we treat to better understand how they’re impacted by our process and the device(s) we’ve fit them with.
Our team of clinicians is committed to discovering better solutions for our patients. Providing and supporting patients’ access to advanced technologies is, and always will be, one of
our top priorities.
Hydraulic and Microprocessor Controlled Ankle-Foot Prostheses for Limited Community Ambulators with Unilateral Transtibial Amputation: Pilot Study
Hydraulic and microprocessor control of prosthetic joints are not currently available for patients categorized as MFCL K1 or K2, yet the function provided by these technologies may benefit this patient population. The aim of this pilot study is to examine a diverse set of potential benefits from both hydraulic and microprocessor controlled prosthetic ankles for persons with unilateral transtibial amputation who are classified as K1 or K2. Outcome measures will be collected to examine: self-rated mobility and functional ambulation on level ground, turns and slopes; step activity and cadence variability in the community; balance confidence, fall risk and fall incidence; walking speed and energy consumption; and socket comfort and lower back pain. The results from this study will potentially highlight the negative effects of restricting access to these technologies within this patient population and can motivate larger studies into the benefits of hydraulic and microprocessor control of prosthetic joints in amputees who have limited capacity for community ambulation.
Status: Recruitment for this clinical trial will begin in Fall of 2017
Study to Compare Microprocessor-Controlled Prosthetic Ankle-Foot Against Carbon Fiber Prosthetic Ankle-Foot in Transtibial Amputees
We are performing research to compare the benefits of two prosthetic ankle-foot devices. This research will help us learn whether a recently developed microprocessor-controlled prosthetic ankle-foot device, called the Kinnex, provides an advantage to walking and increased mobility when compared to a carbon fiber prosthetic ankle-foot device called the Pacifica LP. Both prosthetic ankle-foot devices are manufactured by Freedom Innovations, LLC (Irvine, CA).
Status: This clinical trial is no longer enrolling new participants.
Having Your Prosthesis Changed? Volunteer with Bioengineering Research
The University of Washington is conducting research into improving socket fit for below-knee amputees. We are investigating how continuously monitoring residual limb volume could lead to improved management of socket fit.
Status: The clinical trial is no longer enrolling new participants
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