Conversely, this is a very exciting period for arm amputees in search of a better prosthesis. New technologies such as batteries, microcomputers, small but sturdy circuit boards, and other electronic advances allow greater function than ever before. And new materials such as composite plastics, silicones, etc., are creating lighter-weight designs and more natural-looking cosmesis for both adult and child upper extremity amputees.
Media attention is drawn to “high-tech”
devices such as myoelectric arms, but progress also continues in body-powered
developments. The future will reveal even more advancements in body-powered
devices, offering the benefits of lower cost and simplicity.