The Sound of Prosthetics in Action

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Our SoundClips series continues with listener Sandy Diamon, a nurse. She offers the sound of veterans snapping on their prosthetic legs, something she hears in her work.


Today's sound clip is a sobering reminder of the dangers for American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ms. SANDY DIAMON (Physical Therapist): My name is Sandy Diamon. I live in western Massachusetts. I'm a physical therapist and in my role as a physical therapist, one of the things that I do is fit veterans that are coming back from Iraq or Afghanistan. And I help - with the help of a prosthetist - to fit them with an artificial leg or a prosthesis and get them walking again.

(Soundbite of amputee attaching artificial limb)

Ms. DIAMON: One of the most common ways that the prosthesis is attached to a residual limb is something called a locking pin suspension system.

(Soundbite of amputee attaching artificial limb)

Ms. DIAMON: And the way that works is there's a gel liner with a metal pin about one and a half to two inches long on the end of that liner that the liner is sort of rolled on to the residual limb by the patient. And it's a very - it's an intimate fit. The veteran will guide the pin into a hole in the prosthesis and in that hole is a gadget or another mechanism that will catch the pin at several different places and lock the residual limb into the prosthesis. That's the sound that I love and all these returning veterans love.

(Soundbite of amputee attaching artificial limb)

SIEGEL: That was listener and physical therapist Sandy Diamon in western Massachusetts and the sounds of amputees attaching their artificial limbs. For more about our series SoundClips, you can go to

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