Resources by Amputation Level

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‘Tips for Upper Extremity Amputees’ Video Playlist

Updated Jan 21, 2011 - View the ‘Tips for Upper Extremity Amputees’ playlist on the Amputee Coalition’s YouTube channel. ...continue.

A Case for Body-Powered Hooks

by Sean McHugh. In recent years, there have been many exciting advancements in the world of upper-limb prosthetics. Much of the focus has been on developing myoelectric hands with enhanced ...continue.

Advances in Hip Disarticulation Socket Design

Volume 13 · Issue 5 · September/October 2003 by Erik Shaffer, CP While hip disarticulation (HD) amputees constitute only 2 percent of the amputee population, they have the same basic ...continue.

Am I “Handicapped”? Nursing With One Hand

Volume 19 · Issue 6 · October 2009 by Susan Elaine Fleming, RN, MN, CNS Many people feel that they were destined for a career in nursing. I am one ...continue.

An Explanation of the Rotationplasty and Tibia Turn-Up Procedures

Volume 15 · Issue 2 · March/April 2005 by Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP People who have been diagnosed with cancer and are faced with the impending amputation of a ...continue.

An Overview of Crutches

Volume 20 · Issue 2 · March/April 2010 by Madeleine Anderson Everyone who has been confronted with a lower-extremity amputation has had to make decisions regarding mobility options. Many amputees ...continue.

An Overview of Finger and Partial-Hand Prostheses

Volume 20 · Issue 4 · July/August 2010 by David Rotter, CPO. Statistically, the highest numbers of amputees are finger and partial-hand amputees. Yet, until very recently, the prosthetic choices ...continue.

Bilateral Upper-Limb-Loss Rehabilitation

Volume 21, Issue 1 January/February 2011 by Shawn Swanson Johnson, OTR/L Upper-limb loss is a rare occurrence. Consider this fact: for every incident of upper-limb amputation, there are 30 incidents ...continue.

Choosing the Right Shoe

Volume 20 · Issue 2 ·March/April 2010 by Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed Choosing the right shoe; what could be easier? Often, the decision depends more on your mood or ...continue.

Enhancing Your Comfort and Function Through Upper-Extremity Socket Technology

Volume 14 · Issue 6 · November/December 2004 by Troy Farnsworth, CP, FAAOP As technological advances improve the lives of individuals with upperextremity limb loss, one thing remains constant: The ...continue.

Fitting for Hip Disarticulation and Hemi-pelvectomy Level Amputations

Volume 9 · Issue 2 · March/April 1999 by By G. Edward Jeffries, M.D. with Prosthetic Consultants John Angelico, CP, Al Denison, CP and Jim Kaiser, CP Editors note: This ...continue.

Focus on Bilateral Above-Knee Amputees

Volume 19 · Issue 4 · July/August 2009 by Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP, and Randy Richardson, RPA People who have experienced limb loss know that it only takes a ...continue.

Foreshortened Prostheses (Stubbies)

Last updated 01/2008 For bilateral leg amputees, rehabilitation should be emphasized as early as possible to maximize ambulatory potential and to help alleviate possible gait or motion control problems associated ...continue.

Higher Challenges

Volume 15 · Issue 1 · January/February 2005 by Douglas G. Smith, MD In discussing amputations of the lower limb, we’ve noted that each level has its own specific characteristics ...continue.

Higher Challenges Part 2

Volume 15 · Issue 2 · March/April 2005 by Douglas G. Smith, MD In Part 2 of our look at hip disarticulation and transpelvic amputations, we examine the impact of ...continue.

Higher Challenges Part 3

Volume 15 · Issue 3 · May/June 2005 by Douglas G. Smith, MD Part 1 and Part 2 of our series on hip and pelvic amputations examined surgery, prosthesis issues, ...continue.

Identifying and Managing Skin Issues With Lower-Limb Prosthetic Use

Volume 21, Issue 1 January/February 2011 by M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, CP, FAAOP, James T. Highsmith, MD, and Jason T. Kahle, CPO Fitting a prosthesis is complicated because parts of ...continue.

Introduction to Upper-Limb Prosthetics: Part 1

Volume 17 · Issue 2 · March/April 2007 by Douglas G. Smith, MD Basically, lower-limb prostheses are required to do two things: enable a person to stand and walk. But ...continue.

Introductory Amputee Care For Lower Limb Amputees

Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, RN, former President and CEO, these video demonstrations are to help you learn to manage after a lower extremity amputation. They are not to take the ...continue.

Just Do It

Volume 19 · Issue 3 · May/June 2009 by Erin DeMay Marty Davis, 46, is a self-employed contractor who not only builds others’ homes with his brother, but has been ...continue.

Looking Ahead at Computer-Controlled Knees

Volume 18 · Issue 7 · November/December 2008 by David Boone CP, MPH, PhD I enjoy driving my 1963 Plymouth. It is a very simple and powerful automobile. Over the ...continue.

Partial Foot Amputation

Volume 13 · Issue 2 · March/April 2003 by Douglas G. Smith, MD, Amputee Coalition Medical Director Amputation surgery is both an art and a science. When considering such a ...continue.

Partial-Hand Amputations

Volume 17 · Issue 1 · January/February 2007 by Douglas G. Smith, MD We routinely call upon our hands to perform a huge number of tasks. As noted in the ...continue.

Prosthetic Devices for Upper-Extremity Amputees

Updated 12/2014 by Rick Bowers - Passive prostheses are generally considered to be devices that are worn purely for cosmetic purposes. Functional prostheses, on the other hand, are devices that ...continue.

Prosthetic Feet

Updated 08/2016. Over the past decade, technology and research have greatly expanded the functionality and aesthetics of prosthetic feet. Today, amputees have a wide array of feet from which to ...continue.

Prosthetic Knee Systems

Last updated: 12/07/2014 by Bill Dupes. Of all prosthetic components, the knee system is arguably the most complex. It must provide reliable support when standing, allow smooth, controlled motion when ...continue.

Prosthetic Sockets

Volume 16 · Issue 5 · September/October 2006 by Scott Sabolich, CP, LP The socket is the most critical component of your prosthesis. If it doesn’t fit correctly, you can ...continue.

Prosthetic Socks

Volume 16 · Issue 2 · March/April 2006 by M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, CP(c) and Jason T. Kahle, CPO Socks are a simple enough invention. In most instances, socks serve ...continue.

Prosthetic Socks and Liners

Last updated: 12/07/2014 by Jack E. Uellendahl, CPO. If I were to ask a room full of amputees what the most important feature of their prosthesis is, I am certain ...continue.

Risky Business: The Potentially Dangerous Consequences of Choosing Not to Wear Your Lower-Limb Prosthesis

Volume 4, 2005 by Terrence P. Sheehan, MD. A phone message from a lower-limb prosthesis user saying “I’ve had a fall” is never taken easily by a physiatrist. The range ...continue.
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