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Upper Body Prosthetics

Depending on where the prosthetic is located, there are around six options you can employ when choosing what type of prostheses will work best for your situation. These include:

  • Passive prostheses

    • These prostheses provide no movement and are also created to look like a limb. For example, an arm, fingers, or a hand. Even though they provide no active movement, they are useful by providing stability. They also look more like the limb than other prostheses. These types of prostheses are very lightweight, consisting of a frame that depending on the limb, can be adjusted and covered by a silicon glove.
  • Body-powered prostheses

    • By using the residual limb or the muscles in the upper body these types of prostheses will move based on those areas moving. Because they do not use an external power source, they remain lightweight when compared to other prosthetics. They also can be used both in heavy-duty tasks and delicate tasks.
  • Electrically powered or myoelectric prostheses

    • These prostheses use an external power source and not the muscles on the body to move the prostheses. They work by measuring changes in electricity on the skin as the muscles contract. This means that contracting muscles in the residual limb will generate micro-level electrical impulses, which are then amplified to control the prosthetic. Because of the external power source, these prosthetics are heavier than other solutions.
  • Hybrid prostheses

    • These types of prostheses combine body-powered and electrically powered prostheses together. This could be an electrically powered hand and a body-powered elbow for example.
  • Activity-specific prostheses

    • These are prostheses that are specifically made for an activity. These can be specially made based on your circumstances. For example, a prosthetic that is specially made to grip onto a golf club or a bike handlebar.
  • No prostheses

More information about these types of prosthetics and the liner, suspension and socket can be found on our pr Prosthetics Information page.

Types of Upper Body Prosthetics

Fingers

  • The most common upper body prostheses. Around 90 percent of upper body prosthetics are finger prosthetics replacing one or more fingers on a hand.
Finger Orthotics

Partial Hand

  • These types of prosthetics replace part of the hand when fingers or parts of the palm are missing. Prosthesis for these come in multiple types such as passive, body-powered, externally powered, and hybrid.
Partial Hand Prosthetics

Wrist Disarticulation

  • This prosthetic is a whole-hand replacement. These types of prostheses are attached with a suspension, liner and socket that are custom fit to your limb.
Wrist Disarticulation

Transradial

  • Transradial is an amputation that goes across the two long bones in the forearm. This means that the elbow is still intact which a prosthesis in this location will take advantage of. Also, the prostheses for this come in cosmetic, body-powered or externally powered.
Transradial Prosthetic

Elbow Disarticulation

  • Elbow disarticulation is when the arm has been amputated at the elbow. Prostheses for this type of amputation will be similar to the Transradial but include an elbow joint depending on the type of prosthetic.
  • These come in cosmetic, body-powered and externally powered variations.
  • Also, there is a suspension, liner and socket that can be custom fit.

Transhumeral

  • The humeral is the bone in the upper arm that goes from the shoulder to the elbow. A transhumeral prosthetic attaches to an arm that has been amputated above the elbow and below the shoulder, across the humeral bone.
  • The prosthetic has a socket, interface and suspension that can be modified to fit your arm.
  • Also, there are passive, body-powered and externally powered variations of this prosthetic.
Transhumeral Prosthetic

Shoulder Disarticulation

  • A shoulder disarticulation prosthetic attaches to an arm that has been amputated at the shoulder.

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WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST VISIT

Your First Visit

Please plan to come 10-15 minutes before your appointment time to complete necessary forms. Want to save time? Print and then complete the form below.

Meeting your Specialist

Your first appointment will include an initial assessment and also a chance to meet your specialist and ask questions.

If you have a prescription from your doctor, be sure to bring it with you.

Be prepared to discuss your medical history and also talk about your goals and expectations. We will also complete a physical assessment and try out a variety of orthotics to see what best meets your needs.

Please dress comfortably and bring shorts. We may need to measure, cast or use 3D-scanning to customize your fit and maximize comfort.

Funding/Costs

Direct Billing through AADL and WCB with a prescription from your doctor.

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