Transradial Prosthesis

What Is a Transradial (Below the Elbow) Prosthesis?

A transradial prosthesis is an artificial limb designed for individuals who have had an amputation transradial prosthesis (below the elbow). It replaces the missing part of the forearm and hand, allowing users to perform everyday tasks. This type of prosthesis typically consists of a socket that fits over the remaining part of the arm, a wrist unit, and a terminal device, such as a hand or hook.

How Does a Transradial Prosthetic Work?

A transradial prosthetic is a device that replaces the part of the arm from the elbow to the hand. It fits over the remaining part of the arm with a custom-made socket. There are different types of control systems.

– A passive prosthetic doesn’t move and is mostly for looks or basic tasks.

– A body-powered prosthetic uses cables that you move with your shoulder or upper arm to control it.

– A myoelectric prosthetic has sensors that detect muscle movements in your arm and use these signals to move the hand or fingers. Some prosthetics combine both body-powered and myoelectric systems.

Depending on the type, the prosthetic can have different attachments for the wrist and hand, from simple hooks to advanced hands that can grip objects. If it has powered parts, it will have a battery. This helps the user do various activities and interact better with their surroundings.

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