Upper Extremity Prosthetics

  • Prosthetic

    Upper extremity prosthetic limbs require innovative and case-specific solutions. At NovaCare Prosthetics & Orthotics, our highly trained clinicians are dedicated to working with you and finding solutions for all levels of upper extremity limb loss.

    Whether you want to throw a baseball or simply do every day activities, we will partner with you to provide an upper extremity prosthesis that is customized to meet your unique needs and goals. Our upper-extremity solutions focus on providing you with the most advanced, functional and cosmetically pleasing devices available.

    Your options for an upper extremity prosthetic include:

    No prosthesis – Many considerations factor into the decision about wearing a prosthesis, and some individuals choose simply not to. They may find that they can perform all needed tasks without the assistance of a prosthesis limb. Many individuals with congenital anomalies are extremely functional without the use of a prosthesis. Some feel that a prosthesis eliminates normal tactile sensory feedback.

    Whatever your choice, we are here to support you.

    Passive designs – Individuals with limb loss may not need or desire a dynamic or active prosthesis. A passive prosthesis can provide a restoration of body symmetry. Most designs are passive (no active control).

    We design our restoration prostheses to provide assistance and bi-manual function. A prosthesis adds weight to the human torso, which balances the spine for better alignment. It also offers protection to the residual limb. These types of prostheses can be designed very simply or can be dramatic life-like restorations.

    Myo-electric / External powered – There are many options available for hand terminal devices, wrists, elbows and control mechanisms. This prosthetic limb design can eliminate the need for a harness system, which captures motion in order to control the terminal devices and elbow. There are numerous methods and control mechanisms which relay information to the terminal device hand and elbow.

    Myo-electrics use surface electrodes to pick up signals from the remaining musculature in the residual limb. These signals tell the terminal device, wrist rotator or elbow to open or close or move up, down or rotate. If muscle signals are not an option, additional inputs are available. Most new technology uses some type of microprocessor, which allows the prosthetist to customize and refine the signals for operation of the prosthesis.

    Body-powered – Body-powered prostheses rely on the muscles of the person’s body to essentially “power” the prosthesis’ movements.

    Activity-specific – An activity-specific design prosthesis is unique to each individual and the assistance required. The design can include an adaptive or terminal device to work with an existing prostheses or a complete design that would be used for unique environments or activity. These can be used in vocational, sports and recreational activity that are outside the traditional prosthetic function.

    For more information, contact a center near you today!