Microprocessor Knees & NHS Funding
Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016
NHS England has approved the funding to prescribe microprocessor controlled prosthetic knees (MPKs) for people in England living with above knee, through-knee and hip disarticulation amputations. The policy provides eligible amputees with the opportunity to be fitted with a fully funded MPK, which will not only be hugely beneficial in improving the lives of many amputees but also helps promote long-term health.
How do I know if I am eligible for a MPK?
To be eligible for an MPK in England you must meet the criteria set by NHS England. This policy requires that you must have the potential to walk with a mechanical knee at different speeds, as well as over different and varied environments. You must also be capable of walking 50 yards on level ground. For further details on the full eligibility criteria, clinical indications and contra-indications please discuss MPK funding with your local NHS Rehabilitation Centre.
What can a MPK offer me?
The human leg performs an incredible number of complex functions that most people don’t even consider in their daily lives. Things like changing walking speed, standing still, avoiding a fall after tripping, walking down stairs, slopes and even switching surfaces. All of these movements rely on the knee’s ability to adjust its resistance to the weight of the body whilst remaining perfectly balanced.
An MPK uses inbuilt sensors to replicate these functions, enabling you to walk more naturally across varying terrain. It allows you to use both limbs more equally so you can help avoid overuse injuries and promote greater long term health and independence.
Why should I choose Orion3 MPK?
With the funding for MPKs now available there has never been a better time to find out what options may be accessible to you.
At Blatchford, we have over 130 years of innovation and expertise in lower limb prosthetic technology. We are committed to developing the very best prosthetic technology, increasing independence and promoting long-term health.
Orion3 is an MPK with intelligent speed control, which means the knee is calibrated according to the individual’s walking speed and gait cycle. Orion3 is suitable for those who would benefit from stability on different terrain, slopes, steps and for those wishing to walk naturally and efficiently at either single or varying speeds.
Orion3 is closer to replicating nature than ever before, with intelligent microprocessor control you can depend on, it helps to support a healthy future.
We offer a unique set of MPK packages, which combine a Blatchford hydraulic ankle with an Orion3 MPK. The technology works well together to provide a smooth, safe and natural walking experience that helps to preserve the body and prevent long-term health issues.
If you have any questions regarding the NHS funded MPK policy or would like further information on Blatchford products please do not hesitate to get in touch with your local NHS rehabilitation Centre.