Academy Publishes New Evidence Note

American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists

September 11, 2015
For Immediate Release

Kimber Nation
Tel: (202) 380-3663

Academy Publishes New Evidence Note
“Differences in myoelectric and body-powered upper-limb prostheses”
is available on the Academy website

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) is pleased to announce the release of a new evidence note titled “Differences in myoelectric and body-powered upper-limb prostheses.”

Evidence notes are brief summaries of current evidence regarding specific health technologies. They provide a synopsis of up-to-date synthesized evidence in the form of systematic reviews or evidence reports. Evidence notes do not provide healthcare recommendations but direct clinicians, manufacturers, third-party payers, and other professionals to sources of evidence that support decision making.

The new evidence note has five key points:

  • There is little research comparing upper-limb prostheses.

  • Body-powered prostheses have demonstrated advantages in durability, training time, user feedback, and frequency of adjustment and maintenance.

  • Myoelectric prostheses have been shown to provide a cosmetic advantage, are more accepted for light intensity work, and may positively affect phantom limb pain when used actively.

  • Body-powered prosthetic control can be improved by optimizing harness and cabling systems.

  • Myoelectric prostheses can be improved with more intuitive control methods.

Read the new evidence note.

Review all the evidence notes.


About the Academy
The Academy, founded in 1970, is the professional organization representing certified practitioners, state-licensed practitioners, assistants, technicians, fitters, and others affiliated with the profession of orthotics and prosthetics (O&P). It is dedicated to helping its members provide the highest level of professionalism and service to their patients. To learn more about the Academy, please visit

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