Upper Extremity Program: Prosthetic Arm & Hand Specialists
SRT is the only prosthetic company in this part of the country with a specialized Upper Extremity Team for prosthetic arm and hand devices. The team consists of Brooke O’Steen, OTR and Health Professional Liaison, Mike Schroeder, Supervising Technician and a team of specially trained prosthetists.
Combined, our team has decades of specialized prosthetic arm and upper extremity experience. Working together with the patient, their physician, family and therapists, SRT utilizes a team approach to provide appropriate, state-of-the-art technology focusing on the overall rehabilitation of the patient. The Upper Extremity Team is devoted to the successful outcome of the patient, helping them accomplish their daily tasks and hobbies, to ultimately regain independence.
PEACE OF MIND:
SRT is in-network with hundreds of insurance agencies, and never charges for a consultation or office visit. SRT’s Insurance Benefits & Authorization Department, with over 35 years combined experience, works diligently to assure no financial surprises to the patient or medical facility.
The most natural and functional prosthesis available. These advanced prosthetic arms and hands use the patient’s muscles to control the hand, elbow or both—depending on the amputation level.
Body-Powered Prosthetic Arm:
This is a traditional hook-and-cable operated prosthesis. These systems are light and durable, but have limited function. This type of prosthetic arm is both reliable and functional enough to help amputees get back to everyday living.
Although restorative/passive prostheses have typically been thought of as non-functional, this is a misconception. This type of prosthetic arm provides opposition for the intact limb (sound side) and can be used to hold numerous objects such as cups, phones and can assist a patient in signing their name or buttering bread.
A combination of myoelectric and body-powered components. When designed appropriately, a hybrid prothetic arm system is extremely functional for above-elbow (transhumeral) amputees.
These are designed to perform specific tasks that are not easily accomplished with traditional prostheses: fishing, photography, baseball, culinary arts, swimming, golf and more.
Jobs that are repetitive in nature could require a unique, custom-designed prosthesis that allows the patient to return to work. The possibilities are endless with a well-engineered prosthetic arm device.
Advanced Prosthetic Arm & Hand Technology:
SRT works closely with the leading manufactures in the industry to provide advanced, but more importantly, appropriate prosthetic arm technology. Such technology includes multi-articulating hands, flexible, longer-lasting, batteries, as well as radio frequency tags (MORPH) for the home and work station. SRT also works closely with patients utilizing Pattern Recognition that learns and adapts to the patient’s muscle contractions, as well as patients who have undergone the Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) surgery, which creates additional electrical signals and repositions them for a high level of intuitive control.
Partial Hand Prosthetics:
Partial hand amputations are one of the most commonly seen levels in the upper extremity population. SRT provides a variety of options including Full and Partial M-Fingers, part of a mechanical partial hand prosthesis with the goal of regaining functionality, as well as power digits, a fully customized electronic prosthesis for those missing fingers or a portion of the hand. Power digits move independently and bend at the joints to work in connection to increase independence. Silicone restoration, when appropriately used, is also a unique prosthetic specialty utilized by the Upper Extremity Team. With a proper fit, silicone has the ability to compress tissue, protect sensitive areas from harm, and can be a very useful device that can assist with vocational and domestic activities.
Upper extremity amputees with arm prosthetics and occupational therapists in the community are free to contact us at any time to speak with a member of our Upper Extremity Team, including our new Health Professional Liaison, Brooke O’Steen, OTR. With over 10 years of occupational therapy experience, three of which including significant upper extremity prosthetic experience, Brooke provides one-on-one education to therapists, medical professionals, and patients during their therapy treatment sessions; brainstorming and problem solving to provide optimum patient care. Brooke provides a multi-level educational program for occupational therapists, focusing on introductory and advanced technologies in upper extremity prosthetics as well as ADL training for occupational therapists working with lower extremity amputees; tackling occupational issues such as toileting, dressing, car transfers, and general home management.