Each patient is assigned a K level, a numeric representation of the level of function and activity attained with a properly fitting prosthesis. Your K level can increase over time as you continue to ambulate and become more familiar with your prosthesis. Depending on your K level, you will need components which offer more stability or higher performance. We will use our expertise to evaluate the perfect balance for your needs. The higher the level, the more sophisticated the components.
- Level 0: Does not have the ability or potential to ambulate or transfer safely with or without assistance and a prosthesis does not enhance their quality of life or mobility.
- Level 1: Has the ability or potential to use a prosthesis for transfers or ambulation on level surfaces at fixed cadence. Typical of the limited and unlimited household ambulator.
- Level 2: Has the ability or potential for ambulation with the ability to traverse low level environmental barriers such as curbs, stairs or uneven surfaces. Typical of the limited community ambulator.
- Level 3: Has the ability or potential for ambulation with variable cadence. Typical of the community ambulator who has the ability to traverse most environmental barriers and may have vocational, therapeutic, or exercise activity that demands prosthetic utilization beyond simple locomotion.
- Level 4: Has the ability or potential for prosthetic ambulation that exceeds basic ambulation skills, exhibiting high impact, stress, or energy levels. Typical of the prosthetic demands of the child, active adult, or athlete.
For more information on K levels, see the following link: http://www.amputee-coalition.org/inmotion/2013-iss5-sep-oct/do-you-know-your-k-level.pdf