Wearing Patterns and Usage of Myoelectric Prostheses in a Population of Young Amputees
LAURIE RINGAERT, B.M.R.-O.T. AND DAVID LYTTLE, M.B., F.R.C.S.C.
Concerns about the actual usage of myoelectric prostheses have become more prevalent in the literature. Manitoba offers a unique population to study prosthetic wearers because the myoelectric program is funded by Variety Club and conventional prostheses are funded by government. 48 patients aged 2-37 years were reviewed by phone calls, written surveys, chart reviews and functional assessments. All of these had received a myoelectric prosthesis between 1980 and 1989. 28 still wore any type of prosthesis, 18 chosing to continue to have the myoelectric prosthesis. Only eight are known to be myoelectric users, four under age 13 years and four over 13 years. This low rate of usage raises serious concerns about costly myoelectric programs. Factors are being studied to assist clinicians to identify individuals who will most likely become functional users of myoelectric prostheses.
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