Humans today may be living longer than ever, but that doesn’t mean that every part of the body stays healthy for 80 or 90 years. The knee, in particular, has a healthy life expectancy of about 50 years. It’s one of the most short-lived hinge joints in the human anatomy, and it’s asked to do so much, transporting us everywhere we go and bearing our weight. When the knee goes bad, our mobility is greatly reduced, which is why so many people end up having knee surgery and even knee replacement later in life.
When the knee is damaged or has just been through surgery, it needs some extra help in the form of a brace. Sichuan Ju An Hui of China created a brace called the BioNEEK, a passive bionic exoskeleton brace that enhances support, reduces impact, improves stability and protects the knee as it recovers. A magnetorheological damper acts like a shock absorption system, reducing impact on the knee while improving the wearer’s endurance and mobility.
The BioNEEK features an adjustable hinge that prevents hyperextension, relieving pain and speeding recovery. The hinge tracks the wearer’s natural knee movement, maintaining support and providing lateral stability to the joint while aiding in movement.
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