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

Published 6/2015 - 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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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. ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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, ...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 ...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 ...continue.

Introductory Amputee Care For Lower Limb Amputees

Published 4/26/2015 - 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 ...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 ...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. ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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, ...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, ...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 ...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. ...continue.
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