Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Henry C. Wessman


Prosthesis Design


In the field of amputee rehabilitation, there are many variables that determine if the outcome is one of success. A large part of the process evolves from the type of prosthesis that is recommended for the amputee. With the advent of new technology, we are faced with the problem of deciding on the proper components that will make up the prosthesis. The complexity of artificial limbs has increased over the past years as the concept of suction componentry has evolved.

We are now faced with multiple types and styles of transfemoral socket designs and suspensions. A literature review was performed utilizing the concepts of ischial containment sockets and the quadrilateral socket designs. Also discussed are the history, biomechanics, and suspension systems of each.

The result of this paper will be a better understanding of the transfemoral socket designs available for the amputee. This will assist the physical therapist or other health care providers in making the right decision for their patients.