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Bneakey James W. PhD CP; Marquette, Stuart H. BS, CO
JPO Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics: July 1998
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Programmable centrode knee units have been developed with the primary objective of adding a centrode that could be aligned taking into consideration the patient's residual limb length, strength, and gait determinants. This design allows the prosthetist to more accurately align a prosthesis to meet the amputee's individual characteristics. This article presents the basic function and benefits of the four-bar configuration, as well as the additional mechanical function of the five-bar knee unit. The benefits to the amputee wearing programmable centrode knee unit designs are discussed

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