Prosthetic Primer: Upper-Extremity Limb FittingBy Stark, Gerald; InMotion, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 47-52
Publication Date: July/August 2001
Article on the fitting of upper-extremity prosthetics. Prostheses for the upper extremity require a high degree of function for gripping and lifting objects, and because the upper extremity is more visible, cosmetic concerns are more important. This article covers: the importance of early fitting; fitting of children; and pre-fitting evaluation. Components, body powered versus external-powered systems, terminal devices, prosthetic wrists, construction, hinges, elbows, control cable and harness systems, socket design, measurement and casting, modification of the mold, check sockets, fitting the definitive prosthesis, therapy, and training are discussed as well.
Published by: Amputee Coalition of America (Website:http://www.amputee-coalition.org)