1. What is makes the LIMBS Relief Knee different than other prosthetic knees currently available?
The largest difference is in functionality. Field tests have shown our knee to be more functional than other designs used in the developing world, such as the single-axis and hinge designs. The LIMBS Relief Knee is a four-bar, polycentric knee that is lightweight and inherently stable, combining sophisticated design and low-cost, durable materials available throughout the developing world.
When manufacturing is complete, the new IM (Injection-Molded) LIMBS Relief Knee will expand on these differences and set our prosthetics even further ahead in cost, functionality and durability.
2. Where is the LIMBS Relief Knee manufactured?
The LIMBS Relief Knee is made at cost by our partners at United Surgical in Bangladesh. When LIMBS first began a wider rollout of our innovative product, manufacturing was done at local clinics with training from LIMBS staff. However, centralized manufacturing with United Surgical allows for increased quality control, as well as increased production. This made our knee available to more people on a faster basis.
The new IM (Injection-Molded) LIMBS Relief Knee will go even further, allowing LIMBS the ability to increase manufacturing from hundreds of knees every year to thousands of knees annually.
3. Is the LIMBS Relief Knee available in the United States and other developed countries?
At this time, the LIMBS Relief Knee is not available for use in the U.S. and other developed countries. We have partnered with one of the world’s leading manufacturers of prosthetics for the development of a commercial version of the knee. We are currently working to bring the product to market and hope to have it available commercially in the coming months.
4. I really believe in LIMBS and its mission. How can I get involved?
There are volunteer opportunities available in the El Paso, Texas region (home of LIMBS headquarters), as well as opportunities for prosthetists and professionals in specialized areas, such as physical therapists.
Additionally, volunteers are utilized through LIMBS’ service learning program, Learning for LIMBS, at local schools throughout the State of Texas. LIMBS also has a research agreement with the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) for engineering students, as well as research teams working at various universities in the U.S. and abroad.
For more information on these and any other volunteer opportunities, please send an email to email@example.com.
5. I am interested in donating, but would like the money to be applied to a specific LIMBS initiative. Do you allow dedicated donations?
Yes. Dedicated donations can be made through our Online Donation Portal. Please specify which initiative you would like to contribute to, such as Learning for LIMBS or Bangladesh relief efforts.