Upper extremity amputation is the removal of part or entirety of a limb. This can occur at the level of the arm, wrist or hand.
Upper extremity amputation may impact an individual’s physical, psychological and emotional well-being. OT’s are prepared to address the complexity of these conditions and to establish appropriate treatment plans that help their clients return to meaningful roles and activities.
OT intervention in this population may involve:
- General conditioning
- Edema control, desensitization, scar management
- Providing prosthetic training
- Identification of functional goals
- Activity modification
- Education on compensatory techniques and adaptive equipment to accomplish tasks and activities