Cutting edge technology could enhance lives of amputees say bionic experts
New cutting edge treatments and advances in bionic technology could bring an end to physical disability, according to Hugh Herr from the Centre for Extreme Bionics at the MIT Media Lab.
Revolutionary treatments such as targeted muscle reinnervation, a surgical procedure that allows upper-arm amputees to control prosthetic devices with their minds, could revolutionise the future for amputees according to Herr.
Technological developments of bionics and prosthetics have progressed significantly in recent years, with 3D-printing paving the way for affordable and advanced prosthetics. Some of the latest models allow users to carry out more advanced movements; a dance teacher who lost her left leg in the Boston marathon bombings has recently returned to the dance floor thanks to a prosthetic leg.
British Paralympic cyclist Jon-Allan Butterworth has expressed his excitement for the developments, stating that high-tech bionics and exoskeletons could bring an end to the need for wheelchairs and see everyone walking in the next 10-15 years.
Louise Westlake, a serious injury solicitor based in Thompsons Solicitors’ Cardiff office, said: “At Thompsons, we closely monitor developments in bionic technology, and take a great interest in medical advancements that could help our clients who have undergone amputations to regain their independence.
“We work alongside organisations such as the Limbless Association to give our clients the best advice and access to the latest medical advancements to help enhance their lives as best as possible.
“To envisage a world where physical disability is overcome by technology is an extremely exciting prospect. We hope to see the progress made and spoken of by Hugh Herr and other prosthetic specialists become a reality as soon as possible.”
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