UEA language

 

UEAs have a language of their own. This language can be confusing to a new UEA (and some veterans, as well). following are some of the more common terms, used by UEAs, and their meanings.

 

 

UEA: Upper Extremity Amputee

 

Residual Limb: Extremity Remaining After Amputation

 

Dis articulate: Amputate or separate at a joint

 

LAE/RAE: Left Above Elbow/Right Above Elbow

 

LBE/RBE: Left Below Elbow/Right Below Elbow

 

BBE/BAE: Bi-Lateral Below Elbow/Bi-Lateral Above Elbow

 

LWD/RWD: Left Wrist Dis articulate/Right Wrist Dis articulate

 

LED/RED: Left Elbow Dis articulate/Right Elbow Dis articulate

 

LSD/RSD: Left Shoulder Dis articulate/Right Shoulder Dis articulate

 

Socket: part of the prosthesis where the residual limb fits

 

Cable: connects terminal device and harness. A separate cable connects elbow joint lock to harness

 

Electrode: contact (on myoelectric prosthesis) located inside the socket which detects muscle activity to open and close the terminal device

 

Harness: straps which cross the back and shoulder, attaching to the cable and elbow lock. Used to open and close terminal device and lock/unlock elbow

 

Prosthesis: a device to replace the missing portion of arm

 

Prosthetist: person who designs prosthesis

 

Terminal device (TD): a hand, hook, or specialty device attached to the wrist unit of the prosthesis

 

Wrist unit: attaches the terminal device to the socket