Bilateral Upper-Limb-Loss Rehabilitation

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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 of lower-limb amputation. Bilateral upper-limb loss is even rarer, and is extremely challenging, as there is not a remaining arm to perform daily self-care tasks.

Upper-Limb Prosthetics: Part 4

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Volume 18 · Issue2 · March/April 2008 –
by Douglas G. Smith, MD –
Acquired bilateral upper-limb loss (the loss of both arms) often results from explosions, electrical injuries, accidents involving vehicles or machinery and burn injury. Recently, we have seen increasing numbers of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) survivors with loss of both arms.

Upper-Limb Prosthetics: Part 3

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Volume 17 · Issue 5 · September/October 2007 –
by Douglas G. Smith, MD –
So far, our discussions about people with upperlimb loss and prosthetics have focused on those who have lost all or part of one hand or arm. Now, our focus turns to bilateral limb loss – the absence of both hands or arms as the result of a birth defect (congenital) or a catastrophic accident or disease (acquired).

Swept Off Your Feet

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Volume 18 · Issue 1 · January/February 2006 –
by John P. Foppe –
Being born without arms, I often wondered if I would ever find someone to love me. I certainly experienced my share of dating failures and rejections. Despite each slight, however, I tried to maintain a positive attitude.