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is a Rehab Indy service to help inform our patients and other amputees about prosthetic components and services. As Practioners; performing the same tasks over the years, sometimes we overlook that not everyone is familiar with every aspect of prosthetics. That is why we have installed this forum called Tech Tip. Through the next several months we will be covering different areas of prosthetics that are important to you; the amputee, but areas we sometimes take for granted. If you have a Tech Tip idea contact : and we will detail that phase of prosthetics.

This month's featured topic is:

i-LIMB Hand Prosthesis

Indiana's first i-LIMB Hand prosthesis.

On February 12th 2009, the Rehab Indy staff delivered the first i-LIMB Hand prosthesis to a patient in the state of Indiana. The i-LIMB Hand was developed by Touch Bionics using leading-edge mechanical engineering techniques and manufactured using high-strength plastics,
to produce the worlds first fully articulating and commercially available bionic hand. The i-LIMB Hand, is a first-to-market prosthetic device with five individually powered digits. This replacement hand looks and acts like a real human hand and represents a generational advance in bionics and patient care. Details of the i-LIMB Hand can be seen in the photos below:

The i-LIMB Hand is controlled by a unique, highly intuitive control system that uses a traditional two-input myoelectric (muscle signal) to open and close the handís life-like fingers. Myoelectric controls utilize the electrical signal generated by the muscles in the remaining portion of the patientís limb. This signal is picked up by electrodes that sit on the surface of the skin. Existing users of basic myoelectric prosthetic hands are able to quickly adapt to the system and can master the deviceís new functionality within minutes. For new patients, the i-LIMB Hand offers a prosthetic solution that has never before been available.

For more options and in depth instructions on this prosthesis contact the i-LIMB hand accredited Rehab Indy Staff.

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Information on the i-LIMB Hand provided by: Touch Bionics.

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Rehabilitation Institute Of Indianapolis, Inc.
2437 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, In. 46208
Phone: 1-888-456-7440 or 317-924-4505