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Vacek Kris M. OTD
JPO Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics: July 1998
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This article discusses the upper extremity prosthetic treatment of a 13-year-old young man with right hemiparesis and mild learning difficulties. Past prosthetic devices offered little independent function because the strength and energy required to operate the prosthesis was too overwhelming for him. With his new prosthesis, he has gained more independent function, cosmesis, and comfort. Accompanied by an upper extremity rehabilitation program, this prosthesis allows the patient increased independence and function in his daily activities at home and school. The importance of a structured program from an occupational therapist is vital to the success of this prosthesis. This is a case report where an experienced upper extremity prosthetic team successfully fit a patient who never functionally used a prosthesis until the age of 13

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