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Orthopedic Prosthetic Implants
1,400,000
1,200,000
1,000,000
800,000
600,000
400,000
200,000
2018
2019
0-4 5-14 15-24
2020
25-64 65+
Fig. 2 - Sports and recreational injuries resulting in emergency department visits (2018-2021). (Source: National Safety Council of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission/NEISS
data. Image credit: Stratview Research)
The numbers show that, in the United
States, the count of patients treated
in emergency departments for injuries
involving sports and recreational
equipment has been growing rapidly.
Sports and recreational injuries reported
in 2020 in the United States, increased
by 20 percent in 2021. In 2021,
3.2 million people were treated in
emergency departments for such injuries
(see Figure 2).
Plate Type
Buttress
Neutralization
Bridging
Tension
Compression
Table 1. The five basic types of orthopedic plates.
12
Emerging Technologies to Meet
the Increasing Demand
It has been a challenge for prosthetists
to replicate the inherent body parts' intuitive
motor control, light touch sensation,
and coordination in a way that accurately
depicts the complexity of its native structure
and function. Innovative new technologies
- from 3D printing to thoughtcontrolled
devices - are being developed
to help meet the requirements.
3D Printing. 3D printing has changed
the face of orthopedics. It has enabled
printable prosthetics that can be fully
customized. For instance, this technology
has transformed the design and fabrication
of ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs).
Traditionally, AFOs have been produced
by using plaster casts, which is a timeand
money-consuming process. By contrast,
3D printing has offered an easy,
fast, and lower cost alternative for this
Orthopedic Use
The mainstay of internal fixation of fractures, such as at knees and ankles, where the fracture site
experiences large compressive forces. These contoured plates also come in L or T shapes.
Used to cover the fractured area and balance the load so that the screws and other devices fixed
can stabilize the affected area.
Plates that are specifically used to maintain the blood supply to the fracture fragments without
disrupting the damaged area.
Wires that are used to secure a fractured area when it heels.
Used to promote healing by applying pressure between bone and fragments.
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