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CHT and CPO - Making the Connection
Naked Prosthetics manufactures durable, custom, functional finger prostheses specifically for partial hand amputation. We are committed to rethinking the approach to prosthetic hand and finger function, and to providing innovative solutions for the partial hand amputee population.
We partner with hand therapists and prosthetists who share our goal: to provide solutions that increase function and independent living for partial-hand amputees.
Read on to learn how the partnerships work. Visit About Us to read more about our mission.
Hand therapy is a specialized form of therapeutic work designed to help people who have conditions affecting the hands or upper extremity. The goal is for the patient to safely and successfully return to both activities of daily living and occupational environments. Surgeons and PM&R doctors routinely refer partial hand amputees to a hand therapist to aid in their recovery. A hand therapist is often the primary rehabilitation caregiver for this amputee population.
Naked Prosthetics has a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) on staff and works extensively with hand therapists across the country to get patients into prosthetic care. Although a hand therapist cannot fit our devices, they are excellent referral sources for P&O providers and can add great value to the rehabilitation process after prosthetic fitting. We encourage our P&O partners to develop relationships with their local hand therapy teams.
For the hand therapist – if you have a patient who you believe is a candidate for our devices, please reach out to us and we will connect you with a trusted prosthetist in your area.
Prosthetists are skilled in determining appropriate prosthetic intervention in patients with missing limbs. Given the complexity of most partial hand amputations, the prosthetist will rely on their skill and experience to recommend the most appropriate course of action concerning prosthetic devices as well as set realistic expectations for the patient. The prosthetist specializes in providing fit and function, while addressing sensitivity, patient goals, and capabilities. Overall, it is the prosthetist who is responsible for a successful connection between a patient and technology – be it physical, psychological, or therapeutic.
When evaluating patient candidacy, the prosthetist is encouraged to capture photos and videos and to contact Naked Prosthetics to assist in assessment and device recommendation. Our clinical services group is skilled in providing in-depth information on the capabilities of the prostheses so that the patient’s rehabilitation team can make the best decision regarding intervention. Additionally, demonstration devices can be loaned to the practitioner to evaluate device appropriateness with each patient.
We have found that the most successful rehabilitation teams are interdisciplinary. Patients benefit greatly when hand therapists and prosthetists work together to provide the best possible outcomes. Naked Prosthetics is proud to help make these connections.
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Naked Prosthetics is excited to announce we have formed a partnership with the Abled Amputees of America (AAA), an organization that supports amputees with their therapy journey. AAA provides support to persons with amputations needing pre-prosthetic therapy and prosthetic therapy.
“I’ve been able to strum a guitar, but this
is the first time I’ve been able to finger pick
since my accident.”
—Mike, 2 PIPDrivers
“You all aren’t changing lives, you’re saving them.”
—Matt, one PIPDriver, one MCPDriver, and one ThumbDriver
“It is important to learn new skills after hand trauma,” he explains. “After a loss is the best time to explore something new because there is no benchmark of success to meet. You have to find your new normal in the little things.”
“You may feel hopeless in the moment, but it does get better. And you will be surprised at what you could learn. I am a different person now and I grew from the experience.”
"I am confident that I can do more things and then some with this new opportunity given to me—to inspire others who are just like me and to show them that for every setback, there is a major comeback!"
“It sounds cheesy and it really just takes time. You just have to see that it isn’t the end of the world. It could’ve been worse. Considering everything, it’s a small part of my life. I could’ve lost my hand, my arm. If you could see my truck, I don’t even know how I survived.”
"It’s a game changer for me. 20 years ago, as a freshly injured kid walking into a prosthetist’s office and being completely disheartened about what was available to help replace my fingers. Now, I finally have something that makes me feel like I have a bit of a whole hand again.”