Upper extremity (including fingers, partial hand, wrist disarticulation, below-elbow, elbow disarticulation, above-elbow, shoulder and forequarter arm) amputations range from vascular to trauma, young to old, sports enthusiasts to basic ambulation. Every patient has his or her own ideas of success, so each patient is assessed by their clinician to create a customized rehabilitation program that is consistent with their individual goals.
The advancements in technology with upper extremity prosthetic components have been amazing with the development of microprocessor-controlled hands and elbows. These advancements enhance the functional capabilities of the upper extremity patient. This enhancement is only possible with a properly fitted socket. Carolina Orthotics and Prosthetics upper extremity specialists will conduct a thorough evaluation of the residual limb, listen to the patient’s goals and objectives, and together they will determine what system best fits his/her needs.eds.