Interesting Facts about Prosthetics

 

 

  • “Prosthetic” is the Greek word for “addition”

 

  • The main causes of amputations are those due to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other health conditions.

 

  • The first ever recorded prosthetic device was one that was made for an Egyptian noblewoman dated around 950-710 B.C.E. It wasn’t what you think though, it was actually a big toe.

 

  • There are 1 out of every 200 people in the United States that are amputees.

 

  • April is designated as “National Limb Loss Awareness Month.”

 

  • 50% of amputations are done to people who are between the ages of 21 and 65

 

  • Technology is so advanced these days that some prosthetics are actually controlled electronically which allow users to function as if the artificial limb was actually real!