The soft tissues of residual limb amputees are subject to large volume fluctuations over the course of a day. Volume fluctuations in residual limbs can lead to local pressure marks, causing discomfort, pain and rejection of prostheses. Existing methods for measuring interface stress encounter several limitations. A major problem is that the measurement instrumentation is applied in the sensitive interface between the prosthesis and residual limb. This paper presents the principle investigation of a non-intrusive technique to evaluate the fit of orthopaedic prosthesis sockets in transfemoral amputees based on experimentally obtained vibrational data. The proposed approach is based on changes in the dynamical behaviour detectable at the outer surface of prostheses; thus, the described interface is not affected. Based on the experimental investigations shown and the derived results, it can be concluded that structural dynamic measurements are a promising non-intrusive technique to evaluate the fit of orthopaedic prosthesis sockets in transfemoral amputee patients. The obtained resonance frequency changes of 2% are a good indicator of successful applicabilityas these changes can be detected without the need for complex measurement devices.
|Veröffentlicht - 18 Juli 2023
- Humans, Prosthesis Design, Orthopedics, Prosthesis Implantation, Artificial Limbs, Amputees, Amputation Stumps