How do I find a prosthetist who understands upper limb amputation?

Because 15 times as many amputees lose lower limbs as upper limbs, finding the best prosthetist who understands upper limb loss is not easy. The Amputee Coalition of America’s Upper Limb Loss Advisory Council recommends evaluating a prosthetist’s experience and comfort level with upper-limb prostheses before making a commitment. Be sure to find out how many people with upper limb loss the prosthetist has treated. Ask if you can speak to another client for whom the prosthetist made an upper limb prosthesis. Make sure the prosthetist is certified through a professional organization, and find out the cost, which could sway you either way. Asking questions before you make a commitment to a prosthetist can help you make the best decision, considering your special needs with an upper limb for upper limb loss.

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