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Finding a Prosthetist Tip Sheet

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 30 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:
    • Otto Bock: Axon-Bus Prosthetic System including the Michelangelo Hand, Axon-Wrist, Axon-Hook, Axon-Elbow, SensorHand Speed, MyoRotronic wrist rotator, MyoHand VariPlus Speed, Transcarpal Hand, DynamicArm Elbow, DynamicArm TMR, MyoCom software, MyoSelect prosthetic adjustment tool, Prosthetist's Assistant for Upper LImb Architecture (PAULA) software 
    • Touch Bionics: i-limb revolution, i-limb quantum, i-digits for partial hand, Biosim software, app-based Biosim adjustments
    • Steeper: bebionic hand, bebionic small hand 
    • Motion Control: Utah Arm 3, Utah Arm 3+, ProControl 2, Electric Terminal Device (ETD)
    • Liberating Technologies: M-Fingers and partial M-Fingers, Boston Digital Arm System 
    • Hosmer: Electric and body-powered prostheses
    • Didrick Medical: X-Finger mechanical finger for partial hand
    • Naked Prosthetics partial finger system 
    • COAPT Pattern Recognition system 
  5. Works with an occupational therapist who has extensive upper extremity experience
  6. Will arrange for you to speak with some of their patients to discuss their prosthetic care experience
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