Veteran amputees that have received care from MCOP in the past at Walter Reed Military Hospital or the Veteran Administration can access your preferred clinician through one of MCOP's clinics. Click here to learn how to access your benefits and plan your visit. Learn More

Glossary of Terms

Learn about the mostly commonly used terms in prosthetics and orthotics industry.

Microprocessor Prosthetics 

Microprocessor prosthetics refers to a device with an internal computer that reads changes in movement and adjusts to the patient. Microprocessor ankles and knees that are programable to the walking pattern of each patient and are great for someone who is changing speeds while walking.

In a lower limb prosthetic system, for example, a microprocessor knee uses onboard sensors and an internal gyroscope to detect changes in terrain or movement and then instantaneously adjusts the fluid and air cylinder in the knee to compensate. This helps to improve mobility over rough or unstable ground and decreases the likelihood of falling, while also providing lower-limb amputees with a smoother gait. People who use a microprocessor knee will likely experience enhanced extension, flexion, and stability over other prosthetic knees.

The onboard computers in microprocessor devices are extremely intelligent and responsive, making snap decisions based on sensory inputs, sometimes up to 100 data interpretations per second. Unlike single-axis prosthetic devices that rely on the user to flex their own muscles to maintain stability, a microprocessor device can make its own adjustments.

Microprocessor prosthesis offer amputees with more ways to better control and enhance their overall mobility. MCOP designs and builds custom microprocessor prosthetic systems leveraging the latest devices and technology. 

Additional Resources



Have questions? We're here to help.

Contact us Today