A Case for Body-Powered Hooks

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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 myoelectric hands with enhanced grasping capabilities. These new hands use batteries and motors on lightweight frames, and each looks and operates more like the human hand than previous models. Will these new devices make traditional body-powered cable hooks obsolete?

Prosthetic Devices for Upper-Extremity Amputees

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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 enable an amputee to perform tasks. These devices may or may not also serve a cosmetic purpose.

The First 12 Months After Upper-Limb Amputation

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Volume 21, Issue 1 January/February 2011 –
by Dan Conyers, CPO, and Pat Prigge, CP –
Your life has changed – you’ve lost an arm. Now what? What will you be able to do? How will others see you? Will life ever be “normal” again? While it is over- whelming to face so many unknowns, be reassured that there are many people and organizations that can help guide you and your family along the path of recovery and rehabilitation. Over the next 12 months, your life is likely to include several recurring themes: medical care, emotional challenges, prosthetic care, and occupational and physical therapy.

An Overview of Finger and Partial-Hand Prostheses

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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 available to this population have been very limited.

Am I “Handicapped”? Nursing With One Hand

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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 of those people. My destiny was to be a nurse. Growing up in the 1960s in a Los Angeles suburb and sandwiched between two brothers, playing outside meant playing “Army.” I gave my rifle – a birthday present – to my brothers so that I could play “the nurse.” As my older brother was entering kindergarten, I watched how he learned to tie his shoes. At 4 years old, without giving it much thought, I taught myself to tie my shoes with one hand.

Upper-Limb Solutions: No Manual Needed

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Volume 19 · Issue 5 · September/October 2009 –
by Sean McHugh, member of the Amputee Coalition’s Upper Limb Loss Advisory Council –
When you buy a new car or a washing machine, it comes with an owner’s manual to guide you through your ownership experience. The manual contains diagrams and instructions that you can use to familiarize yourself with basic operations, tips about how and when to use advanced features, maintenance schedules to keep things running at their optimal level, and often a toll-free phone number to call for support if you have trouble finding answers to your questions on your own. After a construction accident in 2002, I became the owner of a brand-new, custom-made, prosthetic right arm and that new and very foreignlooking device did not come with an owner’s manual.

The Future Is Now

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Volume 17 · Issue 7 · November/December 2007 –
by Élan Young –
“As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Never mind the much-hyped remake of the television series Bionic Woman. In 2006, Claudia Mitchell became the real thing. Although Hollywood and human fantasies endow bionics with superhuman strength, Mitchell, a 27-year-old student and former Marine, is happy to use her new prosthesis to get back to living a normal life. Although its range of motion is still limited in comparison to the real thing, all she has to do is think about moving it, and it does. Continuous advancements in prosthetic and biomechanical technology are reaching beyond the realm of what once would have been dismissed as science fiction. This has given rise to speculation that one day upper-extremity amputees may be able to regain all the function and sensation in a bionic arm that a natural arm provides. According to the experts, this futuristic dream is not far from becoming a reality.

Upper-Limb Prosthetics: Part 2

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Volume 17 · Issue 4 · July/August 2007 –
by Douglas G. Smith, MD –
If an upper-limb prosthesis could truly replace the human hand and arm, the job of healthcare professionals would be easy. We would give people exactly what they lost. Unfortunately, prostheses can perform only a fraction of the countless functional motions our arms and hands do automatically.

Introduction to Upper-Limb Prosthetics: Part 1

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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 the demands of upper-limb prostheses are vastly different. As we’ve noted in our previous two articles, hands perform a wide variety of tasks, from the delicate and complex to the strong and forceful. An ideal prosthetic hand would do all of these things. Unfortunately, we haven’t yet created a device that can perform the tremendous array of functions routinely done by our natural hands.