Clinical Decision Making for Upper Limb Prosthetics


This one hour intermediate level course for PT/PTA, OT/OTA, RN, Case Managers will discuss how the impact of the loss of an arm, hand or digits cannot be overstated. This loss of aesthetic appearance, proprioceptive feedback, tactile sensation and fine, coordinated movements can only be replaced to a limited extent by a prosthetic device. Rehabilitation strategies and prosthetic component prescriptions should be patient centered with concentrated efforts to maximize function. The overall goal of amputation rehabilitation is to optimize the patient’s health, function, independence and quality of life. The focus of this presentation will be the clinical decision making process for adults with unilateral transradial or transhumeral level limb loss. With the knowledge gained from this presentation, the therapist will be a valuable asset to the prosthetist, working as a team to maximize the patient’s functional outcome.

Course Syllabus

Course Handout

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast upper and lower limb amputations on general functions, prosthetic utilization, patient populations and impact of limb loss
  • Review prosthetic options
  • Discuss prescription rationale for determining the best prosthetic system for individuals with transradial or transhumeral limb loss
  • Identify appropriate prosthetic systems for a variety of patient scenarios

AOTA Classification Codes

  • Domain of OT: Client Factors
  • OT Process: Evaluation
  • OT Process: Intervention

Hanger Clinic is an AOTA approved provider of occupational therapy continuing education. This course has been approved for 1.0 CE Contact Hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA APP No: 8417.