JPO 2013 Vol. 25, Num. 4S

Summary and Conclusions From the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists State-of-the-Science Conference on Microprocessor Knee Control Mechanisms
Gary M. Berke, MS, CP, FAAOP
This article summarizes the results from deliberations by a multidisciplinary group of experts convened by the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) to review the state of the science regarding the use of microprocessor-contro...
Outcomes Associated With the Use of Microprocessor-Controlled Prosthetic Knees Among Individuals With Unilateral Transfemoral Limb Loss: A Systematic Review
Andrew B. Sawers, PhD, CPO
Brian J. Hafner, PhD
Microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knees (MPKs) have been developed as an alternative to non-microprocessor-controlled knees (NMPKs) to address challenges facing individuals with lower limb loss. A body of scientific literature comparing MPKs and N...
Literature Review of Published Research Investigating Microprocessor-Controlled Prosthetic Knees: 2010-2012
Michael S. Orendurff, PhD
Since 2009, several articles on microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knee (MPK) joint mechanisms have been published. Recent published data are generally rated as providing moderate to low levels of evidence because of structural weakness of the stud...
Clinical Provision of Microprocessor Knees: Defining Candidacy and Anticipated Outcomes
Phillip M. Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
Microprocessor-controlled knee joints are one of the most widely adopted modern prosthetic technologies. As a profession, it is important to define the functional value associated with this intervention to the larger rehabilitation community. Publish...
Prescribing Physician Perspective on Microprocessor-Controlled Prosthetic Knees
David C. Morgenroth, MD
The goal of prosthetic prescription is to choose prosthetic components that will help to optimize functional quality of life while minimizing risk, according to an individual patient's abilities, goals, and lifestyle. This article describes important...
Microprocessor Knee Use With the High-Activity, Bilateral Amputation, and/or Polytrauma Patient: A Military Perspective
John Fergason, CPO
The active-duty military population is generally in the range of 20-40 years old and is physically fit because of the training requirements. Individuals who have experienced limb loss while on active duty would therefore tend to be of a higher-activi...
Microprocessor Knees: Considerations for Accommodation and Training
M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, PhD, CP, FAAOP
The purpose of this article is to explore and discuss key considerations related to accommodation and training within the context of microprocessor prosthetic knees (MPKs). Specifically, the following three areas are covered: key terminology and conc...
Consideration of Powered Prosthetic Components as They Relate to Microprocessor Knee Systems
Michael Goldfarb, PhD
Prosthetic knee units generally consist of the integration of polycentric or fixed-axis joints and frictional or damping elements, whereas prosthetic ankle units generally consist primarily of stiff leaf spring elements. Technological advances in the...
Recommendations for Research on Microprocessor Knees
Mark D. Geil, PhD
The State-of-the-Science Conference (SSC) on microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knees (MPKs) concluded with a discussion of research recommendations and priorities. Recommendations focused on microprocessor knees but were often relevant to the larg...
Appendix: Microprocessor Knee Manufacturers Forum Report
Gary M. Berke, MS, CP, FAAOP
Mark D. Geil, PhD