Many times the best prosthetic innovations are the brainchild of a frustrated amputee. Scott Bartlett, an above knee amputee from Seattle Washington, became frustrated when trying to return to a sport that he loved. An avid bike racer, he knew that the prosthetic knees available would now allow him to transfer weight through his prosthetic into the pedal. His power output was dependent upon his sound side.
Scott wanted something better. After years of trial and error, the Bartlett Tendon Universal Knee was developed. This innovation allows the above knee amputee to put power back into the bike through the prosthetic. The Bartlett Tendon also allows the amputee to both stand on the pedals during climbs as well as during a full sprint. For the above knee cyclist, these activities were nearly impossible to perform with standard sport knees on the market.
OPC has had successful fittings with the Bartlett Tendon, and the device was demonstrated at the recent Open House. If you are an above knee amputee with a desire to return to cycling, ask about the Bartlett Tendon. It may be the perfect solution for you!