Why Are Bionic Limbs So Important?

For a multitude of reasons, there are over 8000 lower limb amputations performed each year in Australia, and more and more people are forced to live with the loss of a limb. Prosthetics play an important role in rehabilitations, and help to return some of the ability and mobility required to perform everyday tasks. Many amputeeā€™s not only describe their limb as a physical loss, but mental too, as if it were a ghost. They can feel it with their brain, but it is not there. Prosthetics help to maintain the independence of the amputee, and also to help them view themselves as whole again. Limb loss is becoming a bigger and bigger problem, so it is vital to continue research into developing more realistic prosthetics, to help people regain what they lose.