How to Choose an upper extremity prosthetist

WHILE THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF PROSTHETISTS ACROSS THE NATION,

the learning curve for upper extremity prosthetics is extensive. Finding the right practitioner who specializes in upper extremity prosthetic rehabilitation can be a challenge. Be certain that the prosthetist:

1. Is certified by the American Board for Certification (ABC)

2. Has a minimum of three to five years of current upper extremity experience and has fit more than 10 patients in the last two years

3. Can specify what types of electrically-powered prostheses they have fit in the past two years

4. Has received certification and training from the following prosthetic component manufacturers:

• Motion Control: Utah Arm 3, ProControl 2, Electric Terminal Device

• Otto Bock: Electric and body-powered prostheses including DynamicArm, DynamicArm TMR, AXON-Bus Prosthetic System including the Michelangelo Hand, MyoRotronic, SensorHand Speed, MyoSelect, MyoCom, Transcarpal Hand and PAULA

• Liberating Technologies: Boston Elbow

• Hosmer: Electric and body-powered prostheses

• RSLSteeper: bebionic hand

• Touch Bionics: iLIMB Hand, iLIMB Pulse, ProDigits

5. Works with an occupational therapist who has extensive upper extremity prosthetic experience

6. Will arrange for you to speak with some of their patients to discuss their prosthetic care experience

We want to thank Advanced Arm Dynamics for contributing this information to AWRF.