Experience Fitting Partial Hand Prostheses with Externally Powered Fingers
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J.E. Uellendahl and E.N. Uellendahl
Prosthetic management of partial hand amputation poses many challenges to
prosthetists and other treating professionals. Partial hand amputations have been challenging to
fit with externally powered devices due to the limited space available for prosthetic
mechanisms. It has long been the goal of prosthesis designers to mimic as many of the six
commonly referenced grasp patterns as possible. With the commercial introduction of
individually powered fingers exciting possibilities for fitting externally powered finger
prostheses that can replicate various hand postures is now feasible. Powered fingers have
allowed individuals with partial hand absence to regain some of the dynamic and conformable
grasp functions they lost. This chapter will present a general overview of prosthetic options
available for partial hand prostheses with specific focus on externally powered fingers.
Partial Hand, Prosthetics, Powered Fingers, Multifunctional, ProDigits, Vincent Systems.
Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc. – Scottsdale, Arizona (USA)