How to evaluate an upper limb Prosthetist

While there are thousands of prosthetists in the U.S., the learning curve for upper limb prosthetics is extensive. Finding the right practitioner who specializes in upper limb prosthetic rehabilitation can be a challenge.

 Be certain that the prosthetist:

  • Is certified by the American Board for Certification (ABC)
  • Has a minimum of three to five years of current upper limb experience and has fit more than 30 patients in the last two years
  • Can specify what types of electrically-powered prostheses they have fit in the past two years
  • Has received certification and training from the following prosthetic component manufacturers:
    • Otto Bock: bebionic hand, bebionic small hand, Axon-Bus Prosthetic System including the Michelangelo Hand, Axon-Hook, Axon-Wrist, Axon-Elbow, SensorHand Speed, MyoRotronic wrist rotator, MyoHand VariPlus Speed, Transcarpal Hand, DynamicArm Elbow, DynamicArm TMR, MyoCom software, MyoSelect prosthetic adjustment tool, Prosthetist's Assistant for Upper Limb Architecture (PAULA) software
    • Touch Bionics by Ossur: i-limb revolution, i-limb quantum, i-digits quantum for partial hand, Biosim software, app-based Biosim adjustments
    • Motion Control: Utah Arm 3, Utah Arm 3+, ProControl 2, Electric Terminal Device (ETD) and Flag system
    • Liberating Technologies: M-Fingers and partial M-Fingers, Boston Digital Arm System
    • Hosmer: Electric and body-powered prostheses
    • Didrick Medical: X-Finger mechanical finger for partial hand
    • Naked Prosthetics partial finger system
    • COAPT Pattern Recognition system
  • Works with an occupational therapist who has extensive experience in upper limb prosthetics
  • Will arrange for you to speak with some of their patients to discuss their prosthetic care experience
Prosthetist Julian Wells working in the lab