The Upper Limb Issue - November 2015

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3D Printing of Upper-Limb Prosthetics: Present Reality, Future Potential
By Miki Fairley


ABOVE: Albert Chi, MD, a trauma surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, makes an e-NABLE hand. BELOW: enlargement of 3D pieces of e-NABLE hand. Photograph courtesy of e-NABLE and Jen Martin Studios.

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Defining Success at Higher Levels: What Constitutes a Successful Outcome in Upper-Limb Prosthetics?
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Several years ago, I received a communicationfrom an occupational therapist askingme to participate in a survey-based study. Ididn't realize it at the time, but I was beingsnowballed into the research effort, asenrolled participants were asked to...

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Thrive! Reinventing Life With Activity-Specific Prostheses
By Sherri Edge


Emerging prosthetic technologies suchas the DEKA Arm, the Johns HopkinsUniversity Applied Physics Laboratory'sModular Prosthetic Limb (MPL), andthe Alfred Mann Foundation's ImplantableMyoelectric Sensor (IMES) oftenlead the way in gaining media co...

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ACADEMY SOCIETY SPOTLIGHT: Keys to Optimizing External-Powered Prostheses
By Jeremy Farley, CPO


There are about 1.7 million individuals with major limb loss in the United States, most of whom have lower-limb amputations. 1 The population of people with upper-limb amputations is a mere fraction of the size-numbering about 41,000 individuals-w...

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Today's Consumer

Ryan Beesley: Moto On
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


Beesley sights in the track. Photograph courtesy of Laura Fonda Hochnadel . Riding a dirt bike takes hand-footcoordination and a balancebetween throttle and clutchcontrol.

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Shop Talk

The “New” Pelite Liner: The Duralite Liner
By Travis Petersen, BOCP, COA


There are a lot of different interfaces for prostheses, ranging from theclassic Pelite liner to gel liners to flexible inner sockets. When selectingwhich interface to use, it is important to consider the patient's needsand preferences. Some patien...

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Perspective

Education or Experience
By Milan Patel


The O&P profession is at the beginning ofa transitional phase, one that aims to set ahigher standard for clinicians in regard to theeducation and clinical training they receive, as wellas in their patient management skills. This shift ineducationa...

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On Topic

Superheroes Among Us
By Erin Cammarata


We have all heard stories or seen videos of a crime beingcommitted in which no one jumped in to help. Is it that thewitnesses are horrible people? Are they so detached from realityand living through their camera phones that they don't care?

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Sports

OPAF First Swing Clinics Held in Idaho


Rehab Systems Orthotic and Prosthetic Technologies, Boise andTwin Falls, Idaho, hosted back-to-back OPAF First Swing Learnto Golf Clinics on September 11 and 12. Area therapists,practitioners, and professional golf instructors were invitedto these...

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Sports

First-Ever ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship Held in California


The inaugural International SurfingAssociation (ISA) World Adaptive SurfingChampionship was held at La Jolla Shores,La Jolla, California, September 24-27. Theevent was presented by Challenged AthletesFoundation (CAF); Hurley, Costa Mesa,California...

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Viewpoint

Measures of Success: Real and Potential
By Andrea Spridgen


The experiences of people with upper-limb amputationsvary significantly compared to people with lower-limbamputations, and their prosthetic care poses unique challengesas well-it's generally accepted that there is a muchlarger percentage of people...

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Online Exclusive

Study: Adaptive Knee Control Beneficial for Middle-Aged, Older Users With Transfemoral Amputation


Contemporary prosthetic knees include passive (mechanical), adaptive (computerized), or active (motorized) control systems and have the potential to mitigate amputation-related functional impairments and activity limitations. Researchers at the University of Washington studied physical performance and self-report outcomes associated with use of each type of knee in persons with unilateral, transfemoral amputation.

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