The Importance of Therapy

Touch Bionics strongly advocates the importance of dedicated occupational therapy to help achieve successful outcomes for patients fit with its i-limb quantumi-limb revolution, i-limb ultra and i-digits products.

Achieving successful patient outcomes with myoelectric upper limb prostheses can be challenging and, without the correct training, an advanced prosthesis may ultimately be rejected by the patient.

Advanced upper limb devices are much more complex to fit, and the functional training and degree of therapy expertise required are very different to that of lower limb prostheses. To achieve the best patient outcomes, prosthetists and therapists must work together with the patient.

The fitting process was very involved and it was highly beneficial to be able to see how the Touch Life Center prosthetist and therapist worked together to help the patient get the best outcome from the prosthesis.

Alexis Maloney, MS, OTR/L

Key elements of ensuring a successful patient outcome:

  1. Experienced medical and rehabilitation team management

    Making certain that the prosthetist and therapist are knowledgeable and trained in upper limb fittings.

  2. Prescribing a prosthesis to those who are appropriate candidates

    Unless an upper limb patient has been appropriately screened for candidacy, the outcome will be compromised.

  3. Skilled fabrication of the prosthesis

    This is critically important. A poorly fitting or badly made prosthesis will limit the patient's ability to succeed with it.

  4. Skilled occupational therapy training of the patient in the use of the prosthesis

    A patient's success with an upper limb prosthesis will be greatly increased if they are properly trained in how to use it to achieve the tasks they undertake on a daily basis.

  5. Comprehensive follow-up with consistent data gathering and documentation of functional needs

    Analysing a patient's experience with an upper limb prosthesis is the only way to truly learn what benefits it brings them.

It's the little things that are important, like being able to hold a glass while you pour into it, or being able to cut up the food on my plate, rather than having someone else do it for me.

Patrick Kane