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Long Beach Company Leads the Way in Providing First-of-its-kind Genium® Bionic Prosthetic System to those with Lower Limb Loss

 

LONG BEACH, CA– Ron Merritt, Certified Prosthetist for Human Designs has successfully completed training requirements to fit the groundbreaking Genium® Bionic Prosthetic System, the first intelligent prosthesis ever created.

A microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knee joint from Minnesota-based Ottobock, the Genium utilizes a complex sensory system and sophisticated rule sets that offer a gait closer to natural human motion and greatly reduces the differences between the body's natural abilities and artificial replacements.

The Genium's multiple environmental inputs include an accelerometer to measure changing speed and direction of movement and a gyroscope that is able to intelligently and intuitively tell where the user's leg is in space.  These are the same technologies used in smart phones and tablet computers that react to a user's movement and adjusts the image on those screens when the devices change position.

The result is expanded physical movement with greater safety, as well as added versatility and functionality for the real world such as walking backwards, crossing obstacles in a more anatomically correct way, and climbing stairs step-over-step without massive compensating movement – an action that previously appeared impossible for those with above knee limb loss.  The Genium also has available five programmable activity modes (for biking, golfing, inline skating, etc.) and is splash water resistant.

Ron Merritt is one of the first Certified Prosthetists in the country to be trained to fit the highly innovative technology.

"We are excited to be able to offer our patients the latest in prosthetic technology, " said Ron Merritt, CPO.  "The Genium provides increased mobility and freedom to help our patients pursue the activities they love."

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For additional information about Human Designs Prosthetics & Orthotics, please visit, www.humandesigns.com, or call our office at (866) 988-2414.