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!

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