Successful Rehabilitation for an Upper Limb Amputee


This 1.5 hour introductory presentation highlights the key components of pre-prosthetic and post-prosthetic management of the upper limb amputee. Participants will be guided through a prosthetic training protocol. Example topics covered include edema control, desensitization, mirror therapy, prepositioning and proportional control of the terminal device, and bimanual skills training. The partnership between the therapist and prosthetist will be highlighted as this is critical in providing a person with the most functional prosthesis. Participants will have the opportunity to meet a patient model who will demonstrate current technology. This patient will share personal reflections on injury and rehabilitation.

*Availability based on schedule of our presenters, be sure to reach out to your local coordinator or submit your request here if interested in hosting the session for your team.

Course Syllabus

Course Handout

Course Objectives

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

  • Identify and implement the key components of pre-prosthetic and prosthetic training in the rehabilitation of the upper limb amputee.
  • Compare and contrast prosthetic options and identify functional differences between electrically powered and body-powered prostheses.
  • Understand why communication between therapist sand prosthetists is critical in providing the patient with the most functional prosthesis and outcome.

AOTA Classification Codes

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

Hanger Clinic is an AOTA approved provider of occupational therapy continuing education. This course has been approved for 1.5 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.