June 22, 2011

Documentary Explores Science of Prosthetics

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Out on a Limb, a new documentary about the science of prosthetics, is nearing completion. In this film, Producer and Director Daria Price explores the science that is changing what it means to lose a limb.

Advances in prosthetics always coincide with wars. But the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have spurred unprecedented focus and funding, just as emerging technologies and developments in neuroscience are providing opportunities that never existed before.

Soldiers who have lost limbs receive the most media attention and the most advanced prosthetics, but this film draws attention to the fact that they are only a fraction of the two million amputees in the U.S. alone. Many millions more around the world lose limbs to landmines, disease, wars, and earthquakes.

“I have seen a clip of Out on a Limb and believe it will help people to better understand the life of those who need a prosthetic,” Peter Rosenstein, executive director of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy), said. “Incredible advances are being made in the unique field of orthotics and prosthetics. The men and women who provide this care are some of the most dedicated medical professionals I have ever worked with and they truly believe that everyone deserves the chance to live their life to the fullest and are working to making that possible.”

Watch a trailer for the film below.

To learn more, visit www.outonalimbdocumentary.com

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