3D Printing for a Better Future

When it comes to those who are dealing with amputated limbs (or were just born missing limbs, or anything of that nature), you’re going to need a prosthetic at some point in life. Some people may proud of their condition and refuse to use a “fake limb”, but the fact of the matter is that it’s one of the best choices you’ll ever make. The only problem for some individuals is that the process is going to cost a lot of money, and that isn’t going to sit well with their finances. If you cannot afford a prosthetic, you aren’t alone, and it’s a very large problem.Prosthetic limbs are always going to cost a pretty penny, as they tend to cost a lot of money to manufacture. Not only that, but they need to be customized to fit your exact body; think of it as somebody making you a custom car, except slightly cooler (or less cool, depending on how you look at it). Prosthetic limbs have been a staple of society for a very long time, as you can see some relatively crude versions of fake limbs that people would make use of in the past. We should be thankful that we not only have amazing prosthetic limbs to work with these days, but also the fact that there are people out there trying to provide children and adults alike with affordable options.When you can’t afford any of the options given to you, you’re bound to feel hopeless. When you truly feel like you’ll never be able to obtain a prosthetic for yourself, it can be depressing – but thankfully, 3D printing is going to change the way people start approaching their prosthetic limbs.

3D Printing and How It Can Help

There are companies out there that focus on printing 3D prosthetics for an affordable rate, and the 3D printing process has made things much easier to manage. Not only is it an affordable way to manufacture all of these prosthetics, but it also allows people to get what they need in only a matter of weeks. The customization process is no longer going to take months to handle, and you won’t need to purchase “top of the line” materials for the prosthetic. They are usually made out of a sturdy plastic, one that is made to stand the test of time itself.

The price point for all of these 3D printed limbs is something that needs to be addressed. When you have an expensive product that is now inexpensive, the other corporations that make them are going to be a bit salty about it. They may try and force you to work with the more expensive option in some regions, as the medical industry can be as corrupt as soccer in some instances, but just know that there are reliable options out there. The world of medicine is only going to grow larger as we move forward in time, so expect to see some more improvements in regards to the prosthetic process relatively soon.

Medical Advancements in Wound Healing

When it comes to healing wounds, it can be a problematic experience, regardless of who you happen to be. There are many situations where a wound would need to be quickly dressed, such as combat or even just in an emergency situation at home. That’s why they have taken such a serious approach to this entire medical process, as there will never be a world where we don’t need healing aid. When you think of the phrase “nanobots”, you probably think of the movies that have them in it. They’re little robots that operate on a microscopic level, meaning that you can’t see what they’re getting up to – but you know that they’re going to work,

 

Nanobots are a real thing, although they probably aren’t what you think of initially when the term comes to mind. It may not look as cool as the films make it appear to be, and it probably won’t work as fast as you had hoped, but they are real! They can help people heal their wounds, although the technology hasn’t been perfected yet. This is a massive leap forward from all of the bandages and other “primal” forms of medicine that we’ve used in the past. There is nothing wrong with using a tourniqet if that is all you’ve got to work with; when you’re getting hurt in 2018, there are a lot of different paths for you to choose from.

 

There is a packing system that puts foam pellets into a wound and soaks up all of the liquids that are trying to get out. You’ll need your blood, that much we are certain of, so it makes sense to have a system that completely plugs any wounds in your body. The system has been proven to work in many different instances, and has even been able to be applied by those who aren’t trained to use it. It’s something that could save the lives of hundreds (if not thousands) of soldiers around the world, let alone gun shot victims and any other kind of trauma/injury that you could think of.

Some people feel as if they’re going to go through life without ever needing assistance in regards to their wounds, but that’s not a good way to think. We’ve all broken a nail or something, but if you don’t know what it’s like to break a leg, you haven’t felt true pain! We’ve got casts and braces to assist with the setting of bones, something that those who were injured in the past never got to make use of.

Wound healing is critical because it’s allowed the population to flourish. The population is larger than it’s ever been nowadays, and that’s due to all of the medical advancements that we’ve been pumping out. If it wasn’t for all of the amazing medicine and wound treatment options that we’ve been blessed with in modern times, we might not be here at all.

Athletes Using Compression to Heal (and More!)

Compression gear has been something that many people look at as merely a style choice, but that actually isn’t the case at all. As a matter of fact, some would look at compression gear and the use of ice in professional sports as a medical advancement of sorts, as players are able to play longer (and at a higher level) as a direct result of it. We don’t know why athletes are growing faster and stronger (well, those that have been through it probably know; just about everyone is juicing!), but it seems like we’re slowly evolving into a much more athletic human being in general. The most athletic people we’ve seen performing on the field and courts all over the world have been able to accomplish some pretty amazing things – there are people who can run almost as fast as a speeding car (according to equations, of course), and there are bodybuilders/strongmen that can literally move trucks with their body weight.

Compression gear is essentially when an athlete wears “tights” underneath their shirts and shorts. There are compression pants, shorts and shirts, as well as other things like sleeves (if you want to pin-point where the compression is going to go). They say that compression gear is merely a placebo, but if that were the case, why do so many people make use of it?

If you haven’t tried out compression gear for yourself, you don’t know how beneficial it is yet. There are people who have a specific set of compression pants for their recovery days, as the compression gear is designed to give you the most energy and healing properties as possible. Does this mean that compression is going to heal your broken leg? Probably not, but it does mean that it will keep your muscles stable enough to avoid that injury (in most cases).

Icing your body after a hard workout may not seem like it’s a helpful process, but it will allow your muscle fibres to cool down quickly, giving them an abundance of time to recovery for the next day of activity. We’re sure that our ancestors weren’t taking ice baths back in the day, but you never know. Who’s to say that those living in a colder climate weren’t more accustomed to hard labor, simply because their muscles could take more? Whatever the case may be, compression is for warm and blood flow to ensure that muscles are limber, and icing is for recovery.

These are two things that the medical world didn’t know much about, and it’s only over the past 10 years or so that we’ve seen athletes making use of these products. It’s only right, as they are literally making a living with their bodies; if the body cannot function properly, the money will stop coming in. Can you imagine not only tearing your quad, but losing your career as well?