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TitleComprehensive Management of the Upper-Limb Amputee [electronic resource] / edited by Diane J. Atkins, Robert H. Meier
ImprintNew York, NY : Springer New York, 1989
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Descript XII, 260 p. online resource


Each year in the United States, an estimated 40,000 persons lose a limb. Of these amputees, approximately 30% lose a hand or an arm. This loss is most frequently related to trauma occurring in the healthy young adult male and is often work related. Approximately 3% of all amputees are born with congenital limb absence. In children, the ratio of congenital to acquired amputation is 2: 1, and the ratio of upper-limb to lower-limb amputees is 1. 2: 1. Therefore, since relatively few amputations result in upper-limb loss, only a small number of health practitioners, even those specializing in amputee rehabilitation, have the opportunity to provide services for a significant number of arm amputees. As a result, clinicians need to share their experiences so that the full range of options for optimum care and rehabilitation of the patient population may be considered. To meet this challenge for wider communication of clinical experience, a group of upper-limb amputee specialists met in Houston, Texas, in 1981 to serve as the core faculty for a course entitled "Contemporary Issues in Upper Extremity Amputation and Prosthetic Function. " This program provided the opportunity for surgeons, physiatrists, engineers, prosthetists, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists from the United States and Canada to discuss their extensive experience in working with upperยญ extremity amputees. A second conference continuing the discussion of upperยญ limb amputee rehabilitation was held one year later


1 Amputation Levels and Surgical Techniques -- 2 Postoperative and Preprosthetic Therapy Programs -- 3 Evaluation of and Planning for Acquired Upper-Limb Amputee Rehabilitation -- 4 Surgical Reconstruction of the Amputated Arm -- 5 Body-Powered Upper-Limb Components -- 6 Adult Upper-Limb Prosthetic Training -- 7 Adult Myoelectric Upper-Limb Prosthetic Training -- 8 The Painful Residual Limb: Treatment Strategies -- 9 Surgical Options for Brachial Plexus and Stroke Patients -- 10 Evaluation of the Pediatric Amputee -- 11 Upper-Limb Prosthetic Components for Children and Teenagers -- 12 Electric Pediatric and Adult Prosthetic Components -- 13 Developmental Approach to Pediatric Prosthetic Evaluation and Training -- 14 Functional Skills in Multiple Limb Anomalies -- 15 Psychological Adaptation to Limb Loss -- 16 Biomedical Engineering in Upper-Limb Prosthetics -- 17 The Toronto Experience with Pediatric Myoelectric Training -- 18 Experience with the Utah Arm, Hand, and Terminal Device -- 19 Use of the Boston Elbow for High-Level Amputees -- 20 The New York Electric Elbow, The New York Prehension Actuator, and the NU-VA Synergetic Prehensor -- 21 Upper-Limb Amputees: Swedish Experiences Concerning Children -- 22 The Heidelberg Experience

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