Designed for manual functionality, passive elbows can usually flex and straighten with simple positioning options, often controlled manually with the opposite hand. This type of prosthesis allows for function while preserving ease of use. A passive elbow can be part of a passive arm or connect to a more sophisticated terminal device (usually a hand or hook).
Passive prostheses are also often chosen for cosmetic purposes and can be designed to look as close to a natural arm as possible. They offer a lighter, simpler option when cosmetics are of top concern.
Your prosthetist will recommend the best solutions based on your unique needs and goals.
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