Upper Limb Amputee Stories2023-09-29T16:19:27-07:00

Upper Limb Amputee Podcast

We’re Not Stumped Podcast with Guest John Higbee

November 18th, 2022|

John Higbee is a standup comedian in the Phoenix area and performs all over the state. His dry sense of humor and quick wit makes him a crowd favorite. While going to ASU as young man, his life changed forever. John shares that story plus his sense of humor in this episode of the

We’re Not Stumped Podcast Episode 6 with guest Angie Coe

November 13th, 2022|

Angie Coe has always been active. She rides horses. She loves to go shooting. She loves all outdoor activities. All of that could have changed just a short time ago for Angie. But with an attitude that her mom describes as “it is what it is”, and with gritty determination, she has come back

We’re Not Stumped Episode 2 with guest Jeff Soelberg

September 19th, 2022|

In this episode of the we’re not stumped podcast, I’m extremely happy to have Jeff Soelberg as my guest. I first saw Jeff at the Amputee Coalition annual event in Desert Springs where he conducted a session that was titled “Bringing Awareness of the Struggles for Finger Amputees”. One of the things I learned

We’re Not Stumped Podcast Episode 1 with guest Nicole Kelly

September 6th, 2022|

In the first episode of the We're Not Stumped podcast, I'm very honored to have Nicole Kelly as a guest. Like me, Nicole is an congenital amputee of an upper extremity. Nicole was Miss Iowa 2013 and competed in the Miss America Contest in 2014 and she talks about that experience in this podcast.

About Upper Limb Amputees

“Upper limb amputees” refers to individuals who have experienced the loss of one or more of their upper limbs, typically the arms and hands, due to various causes such as trauma, congenital conditions, or medical interventions (e.g., surgical amputation). Upper limb amputations can occur at different levels, and the specific terminology used to describe the level of amputation is as follows:

  1. Transhumeral: An amputation that occurs above the elbow joint, resulting in the loss of the entire forearm and hand.
  2. Elbow Disarticulation: An amputation that takes place at the elbow joint, preserving the lower arm but removing the entire hand and upper arm.
  3. Transradial: This type of amputation occurs below the elbow joint, resulting in the loss of the hand and part of the forearm.
  4. Wrist Disarticulation: An amputation that occurs at the wrist joint, preserving the lower arm and removing the hand.
  5. Partial Hand or Finger Amputation: In some cases, individuals may experience amputations that affect only a portion of the hand or fingers, such as the loss of one or more fingers or parts of the hand.

Upper limb amputees face unique challenges and often require customized prosthetic devices to regain functional capabilities and adapt to daily life. Prosthetic solutions for upper limb amputees can vary widely in complexity and design, depending on the level of amputation and the individual’s specific needs and goals. Rehabilitation, training, and support from healthcare professionals, including prosthetists and occupational therapists, play a crucial role in helping upper limb amputees learn to use their prosthetic limbs effectively and regain independence in various activities.

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