Clemson student’s device a finalist in medical design challenge
A South Carolina healthcare startup plans to use magnets to help patients with knee dysfunction continue to live active lives. A simple but true orthopedics innovation, the Engage Knee System uses magnets to lock and unlock a knee replacement to allow for more mobility for those patients.
Founder Eric Lucas said many patients with knee dysfunction, precluded from total knee replacement or having already had one, choose to have their two legbones fused together-knee arthrodesis. This means the leg is always rigid. "There are pluses and minuses," he said. "It allows a patient to walk around on their own, without a wheelchair. . . . But it gets in the way of daily activities," such as driving, bathing, sitting in the front seat of a car and so on.