Different Types And Parts Of An Upper-Limb Prosthesis

Whether upper-limb difference is the result of an illness, injury or birth complication, the needs of those wearing upper-limb prosthetic devices can vary quite a bit. For example, some people may only require a prosthesis from the wrist down, while others may need something that replaces their entire arm from the shoulder.

Even when two people have similar residual limbs, the requirements they may have for their prostheses can be completely different based on their daily activities and lifestyles. This means there are many types of prosthetic arms and hands to suit all these various needs. Read on to learn the basics about the parts of an upper-limb prosthesis and how they may be configured.

There are three general classes of prostheses for those with upper-extremity differences. These are:

Components of Upper-Limb Prostheses

Although each one is different, upper-limb prostheses typically feature the same basic components. The most common of these are:

Expanding Into New Worlds

Technology is always advancing in the field of upper-limb prosthesis, and Coapt is leading the way. Our systems add artificial intelligence and myoelectric pattern recognition into the mix, enabling control systems for myoelectric prostheses to feel more intuitive and natural to the users. Our technology also offers ease for wearers to fine-tune the level of control they have over their devices, along with other benefits.