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Prostheses, Upper Limb, Hook, Mechanical

Definition : Hook prostheses operated by mechanical power, usually supplied by other parts of the patient body (i.e., body-powered), and designed for partial functional replacement for a missing hand. These prostheses are typically external devices made of metal (e.g., cobalt-chromium alloys), hard plastics (e.g., polyethylene), carbon fibers, or a combination of materials; they are usually fixed with a socket to the wrist and require some degree of customization. Mechanical hook prostheses may be externally or patient-actuated; in the most common configuration, the hand is operated by cables attached to a harness strapped around the shoulders. Movement of the shoulder operates (e.g., opens, closes) the hand. Mechanical hand prostheses may be used alone as a replacement for a missing hand or as the terminal component of a below-the-elbow, above-the-elbow, or total upper limb prosthesis. They are used mainly in patients who have congenital abnormalities or who suffered amputations due to illness (e.g., diabetes) or traumatic accidents.

Entry Terms : "Hooks, External Limb Component, Mechanical" , "Mechanical Hook Prostheses" , "Mechanical Prostheses" , "Mechanical Prostheses, External Component"

UMDC code : 23368


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Motion Control Inc

Motion Control, Inc., is one of the most advanced development and manufacturing companies in the prosthetics industry today. Motion Control was originally established in 1974 by Dr. Stephen C. Jacobsen, to commercialize the medical technology developed at the University of Utah's Center for Engineering Design. Current president, Harold H. Sears, Ph.D., is an alumnus of Dr. Jacobsen's group as well.

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