UPPER LIMB PROSTHESES

Our prosthetic team designs, fabricates, and fits state-of-the-art prostheses for all levels of amputation. Our in-house laboratory produces lightweight, custom fabricated prostheses made specifically for each individual’s needs. We are here  to help maximize your potential to live a normal and productive life.

At POA, we establish long term relationships with our patients as we continue to service their prosthetic needs for years to come. Our practitioners take time to  educate our patients about their new prosthesis and schedule follow up care to ensure best possible outcomes. 

  • Partial hand
  • Wrist disarticulation
  • Below elbow
  • Above elbow
  • Shoulder disarticulation (through the shoulder)
  • Myoelectrically controlled (bionic) prostheses
  • i-Limb Hand Accredited
  • Bebionic Hand Accredited

 

BODY-POWERED DEVICES

Historically, upper limb prostheses have functioned by using a cable to open or close the hook or hand mechanism. This style of prosthesis can be used in dirty or wet environments and is very durable. These traditional prosthetic devices are still widely used by many amputees and are simple, reliable systems. 

 

MYOELECTRICALLY CONTROLLED DEVICES

Myoelectrically controlled prostheses operate by using muscle signals from the residual limb to control prosthetic elbows, hands, wrists and fingers. For example, you can pick up a can of soda and bring it to your mouth with an elbow that flexes, a wrist that rotates, and a hand that opens and closes. Myoelectric arms can also be cosmetically shaped and covered with a “skin” to give them a very natural appearance.

 

GETTING STARTED

HERE’S OUR STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS FOR A NEW AMPUTEE


  • Prostheses

    SCHEDULING A VISIT

    • Call to make an appointment
    • Fill out some basic paperwork
  • Orthotic Services

    YOUR First Appointment

    • You may receive a prosthetic shrinker (compressive elastic sock) to reduce swelling and help shape your amputated arm
  • Pediatric Orthotic & Prosthetic Services

    Next Appointments

    • Once your limb is shaped by the shrinker, a cast will be taken
    • You will return for several trial fittings
    • Once everything is optimal you will receive your new prosthesis
  • Pediatric Orthotic & Prosthetic Services

    Therapy & Follow-Up Appointments

    • You may be scheduled for occupational therapy after you receive your new prosthesis
    • Once therapy is complete, you will be scheduled for follow-up visits with us