A prosthesis is defined as an artificial device that is able to replace missing body parts or other elements of the body. I is considered to be in the field of biomechatronics, which is the science of using mechanical devices with human muscles and various parts of the body to help regain muscle control. Usually prosthesis is used to replace the parts that have been lost by traumatic injury or missing since the period of birth. Some devices that can be considered to be prosthetics would include gastric bands, hearing aids, artificial eyes, dentures, and palatal obturator. It is important to ensure that people do not get prosthetics confused with orthotics. Although sometimes they can produce the same results, they are not the same item initially.
Generally speaking, a prosthesis can cost well into the range of thousands of dollars. Sometimes this depends on the type of prosthesis that the individual will be utilizing. Of course, some of the best and most convincing types of prosthetics tend to be the most expensive. Unfortunately, the cost of these types of prosthetics always recurs because people have to replace them every four years. This is due to the fact that they experience general wear and tear, just like real joints do over a period of time. If the socket of the prosthesis is not correct, it will need to be replaced within a few months as well, which is also a demanding price to consider. There are some knee prosthetics which have a low price, but they are only able to offer basic structural support and are not as functional as some of the other prosthetics that are available on the market. Depending on the individual’s situation and circumstances, their insurance may be able to help pay for some of the cost of purchasing a prosthesis.
Over the years, there has been a lot of concern about making prosthetics look realistic while also being able to make them more functional. Many of the modern prosthetics that exist now are able to function very similar to real limbs. There are athletes that run and compete in the Olympics and other competitions while wearing their prosthetics, proving that these items can be useful and provide individuals with a better quality of life. However, ultimately the functionality of a prosthetic all depends on the type of artificial limb that has been purchased and the overall quality.