Upper Limb Prosthetics
Upper limb prosthetic care ranges from lost fingers to amputations below the elbow, above the elbow, through the shoulder, and even higher. Each of these amputation levels has its own unique set of considerations that must be understood and addressed. The loss of a finger may seem slight and simple to fix, but it can require a unique and multifaceted solution depending on the goals of the patient. Upper limb prosthetics is very different from lower limb prosthetics, since the limitations are much greater, the devices must be tuned to more specific application, and there are many more factors that must be matched with the patient.
Upper limb prosthetics should not be looked at as a limb replacement, since even with the most advanced technology, we are far from replacing the ability of the arm and hand. These devices are tools to help achieve specific goals and tasks. These may range from broad goals such as general grasping and manipulating objects, to specific goals such as appearing more natural with a passive functional device, or playing an instrument.
One of the most important parts of upper limb prosthetic care is a knowledge of the available socket designs, components, and biomechanics. At Nextremity, we have a well versed background in these areas of upper limb prosthetic care. While we have a vast knowledge of available components, and understand the foundational principles and technology that should be used in every prosthesis, but we are also certified to fit and train on the most advanced and up to date technology. Some of the state of the art components that we are certified in are: