USF Studies Helping Amputee Veterans with Joint Pain

An amputee veteran who lost a limb during combat often qualifies for veterans’ disability benefits. Scientific and technological research and advancements have made life a little easier for some of these vets, and a new simulator being used at the University of South Florida may provide further assistance to individuals requiring prosthetics.

USF in Tampa is home to CAREN, a state-of-the-art simulation system that lets researchers simulate various scenarios while treating or assessing medical conditions. One of the uses for the system has been to study the effectiveness of new prosthetic limbs, which may benefit disabled veterans.

An individual seeking a new prosthetic is placed in a harness and a simulation is run to assess the comfort, fit, and integrity of the artificial limb. Simulations may range from a sandy region of Afghanistan to a cityscape, allowing researchers to assess the prosthetic’s effectiveness in various environments.

Not only may amputee veterans benefit from these tests, but the simulation may also provide a new method of treatment for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Exposure therapy may be made easier when the CAREN system helps clinicians introduce disabled veterans to the traumatic event in a safe setting. This may desensitize them to the event and hopefully alleviate symptoms.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today 1-855-855-8992.