Plastic Materials for External Prostheses and Orthoses

  • Allan G. A. Coombes
  • Christopher D. Greenwood
  • John J. Shorter


The comfort and function of prostheses for the upper and lower extremity have improved dramatically since the early 1980s because of advances in clinical evaluation techniques, prosthesis design, and manufacturing technology. The substitution of traditional prosthetic and orthotic materials, such as wood, aluminum, and leather by modern materials, such as thermoplastics and advanced composites, has fostered design innovation and resulted in major improvements in function and durability of modern prostheses and orthoses. The rapid progress in materials technology is inextricably linked to the increased incidence of successful patient rehabilitation.


Carbon Fiber Reinforce Thermosetting Plastic Plaster Cast Silicone Elastomer Residual Limb Ethylene Vinyl Acetate 


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  • Allan G. A. Coombes
  • Christopher D. Greenwood
  • John J. Shorter

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