Custom Upper Extremity Prosthetic Devices in Las Cruces, NM

If you have an upper limb amputation, it doesn’t mean you no longer have independence. Upper limb prosthetics make it possible for amputees to live fulfilled lives. PrimeCare Orthotics & Prosthetics is proud to be a prosthesis provider in Las Cruces, Albuquerque and El Paso areas.

What Is a Prosthetic Arm?

There are approximately 1.7 million Americans living with a limb loss, which is one out of every 200 people.

Thankfully, devices for upper limb amputees have come a long way over the years. Those with an upper extremity prosthesis use arm prosthetics - artificial substitutes for a partial or entire hand or arm lost due to injury, accident, illness, or congenital disability.

These devices come in various shapes, designs, and sizes to fit different needs. For example, a prosthetic hand or arm is usually made from shafts, sockets, and components that mimic how a limb attaches to a joint.

Any upper extremity prosthesis may be cosmetic, functional, or both. A cosmetic prosthesis helps the limb look natural but provides minimal functionality. Functional prosthesis helps execute tasks that would otherwise be incredibly challenging due to limb loss; however, it doesn’t offer a cosmetic disguise.

girl without arm doing gymnastics

Types of Upper Extremity Prosthetics We Provide

PrimeCare Orthotics and Prosthetics helps patients, regardless of their levels of upper extremity amputations. We have prosthetic arms, hands, and fingers to let you live a normal life.

Above-the-Knee Prosthetics

Below The Elbow

One example of an upper limb prosthetic is transradial or below the elbow. These patients have had a partial arm amputation that occurs along the radial bone and leaves the elbow and some parts of the lower arm intact.

Above The Elbow

Above The Elbow

A transhumeral prosthetic is for patients who have had an amputation of the humerus or the upper arm bone. Transhumeral prosthetics are made from multiple components, including an elbow and missing arm segments below the shoulder.

Above The Elbow

Upper limb amputees who undergo shoulder disarticulation experience the removal of the entire arm from the shoulder joint between the humerus and scapula. This amputation applies to fewer than 3% of upper limb amputation patients.

Hand, Partial Hand & Fingers Prosthetics

Hand, Partial Hand & Fingers Prosthetics

Hand, partial hand, and finger prosthetics can apply to various upper extremity amputations. Some patients only need a portion of one digit removed, while others require a full or partial hand replacement.

Wrist Disarticulation

Wrist articulation is another example of an upper-body amputation. It takes place between bone surfaces rather than cutting through the bone directly.

Cosmetic Covers

Arm prosthetics come with custom-made silicone covers that mimic the look and function of a human arm. Each part is unique in shape and color and boasts an impressive visual design.

Upper Extremity Prosthetic Components

Terminal Device

Provides a function for the distal end of a prosthesis. It may include hands, hooks, and other equipment that is specific to a particular activity.

Upper Limb Prosthetic Socket

Provides a foundation for the prosthesis by enclosing the residual limb.


Supports the prosthesis and works with the control system to provide proper functioning.


Wrist, elbow, and shoulder joints may also be included.

Request an Evaluation

If you’re ready to take the next steps toward reliable, comfortable, and functional prosthetic arms or hands, our team at PrimeCare Orthotics & Prosthetics is here to help.

Tailored Socket Solutions for Upper Limb Prosthetics

At PrimeCare, we specialize in custom socket fabrication for upper limb amputees, focusing on optimal fit and functionality. Our dedicated team employs innovative techniques to ensure each socket provides exceptional comfort and support for daily activities and specific challenges.

Meticulously designed for each individual, our sockets enhance the prosthetic experience and offer improved mobility and a natural feel. Trust in our expertise to deliver a socket that fits your limb and suits your lifestyle to empower you with greater independence and confidence.

Choosing Types of Upper Extremity Prosthesis for Arm Amputees

upper extremity prosthetic devices

Each type of upper limb amputation impacts what kind of prosthetic device or technology you are a candidate for and ultimately decide on. That's because the amputating parts of your upper limb (arm, hand, or finger) affects your ability to use some prosthetic technologies.

Due to the complexity of the human arm and hand, we often recommend multiple terminal or prosthetic devices for each amputation level. We advise patients to choose the right types of prosthetic arms and devices for their job or the activity they are involved in to achieve the best possible outcome.

Our upper extremity prosthetic devices include:

  • Body Powered (Conventional)
  • Externally Powered (Myo-Electric)
  • Hybrid Systems
  • Cosmetic Prosthesis
  • Activity-Specific
  • Patient’s Limb

    Before recommending upper extremity prosthetic devices, our prosthetists consider the length and condition of your residual limb, including its range of motion and strength, as well as your activity level, occupation and leisure activities, and current health status.

  • Occupation

    When developing upper extremity prosthetic components, your occupation is also taken into account. Every patient is fitted specifically to suit his or her specific needs, no matter what type of employment they have.

  • Leisure Activities

    PrimeCare aims to restore each patient's mobility and quality of life and help them return to an active lifestyle, including participating in hobbies, sports, and recreational activities. We are able to select prosthetic parts that are most appropriate to you based on your goals.

How We Work

PrimeCare works with the latest prosthetic technologies to improve both function and appearance. As an industry leader in upper extremity prosthetic devices, we combine superior manufacturing with the expertise of top prosthetists to restore mobility.
Our Process
Our streamlined prosthetics process works as follows:
  • Stage 1: First Consultation

    During your first appointment, your prosthetist will ask about your medical history and discuss your goals. Additionally, they will take measurements for device fabrication during this consultation and send your information to your insurance provider for approval.

  • Stage 2: Insurance Approval & Prosthetic Fabrication

    Following approval by insurance, we send your specs to our world-renowned prosthetics provider, Össur. Upper extremity prosthetic components are carefully chosen for maximum comfort to accommodate your unique condition. Usually, it takes 2-3 days to make the prosthetic after the components arrive.

  • Stage 3: Fitting & Socket Fabrication

    During your fitting appointment, your prosthetist will also assemble your direct socket system (if required). We use Össur’s direct socket system, which takes 2 hours to build, so you receive your socket and prosthetic on the same day.

  • Stage 4: OPS Pro App Monitoring

    PrimeCare's first-time amputees receive temporary prosthetics for 3-12 months. We carefully monitor and evaluate your condition and lifestyle before selecting definitive arm prosthetics solutions. Dedicated monitoring via our app is essential to ensure comfort and mobility as you progress, as well as regular checkups to assess your prosthetic prescription.

  • Stage 5: Establishing Your Routine

    Recovery often involves gaining momentum and adjusting to your new lifestyle. Your residual limb will continue to heal internally for a few weeks, and you’ll use your first few months as an amputee to determine your specific lifestyle needs.

  • Stage 6: Receiving your definitive prosthesis

    After successfully using the preparatory prosthetic device, we analyze the movement data collected from the tracking app. Developing a final arm prosthetics is an individual process. All the small details are considered when designing and developing the definitive version.

  • Stage 7: Full Healing

    Through the healing process, you'll gain a stronger sense of identity and accomplishment. No matter what your goals are, we are here to help you achieve them. There’s no limit to what you can do!

Upper Limb Prosthetics Technology Options We Work With

  • i-Limb

  • i-Digits Quantum

  • beBionic Hand

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Types of Upper Extremity Prosthetics for First-Time Arm Amputees

If you’re a first-time amputee, you likely have questions and apprehensions about the process. Rest assured that our team is highly experienced in providing upper extremity myoelectric prostheses to our patients.

Upper Limb Prosthetics for First-Time Amputees

You’ll start the process with an initial consultation and we’ll work to compile the right products for your rehabilitation. We then work to get the device approved through your insurance while we send your specs to our prosthetics provider.

Next, we will conduct a fitting and socket fabrication. All first-time amputees will be fitted with a temporary prosthesis for 3-12 months. From there, we carefully select the right solutions for your needs. Once we know that the preparatory prosthetic device functioned as it should, we will develop a final prosthesis for you.

Request a Free Arm Prosthetics Evaluation

To find out more information about our different types of prosthetic arms, contact our prosthetic arm company today. We’d love to help you.

A grandfather with a prosthesis walks with his grandchildren.

Why Choose PrimeCare for Upper Extremity Prosthetic Components in Las Cruces?

Personalized Support

Personalized Support

We know that each patient and each limb is unique. This is why we don’t implement a one-size-fits-all approach when working with our patients.
Latest Technologies

Latest Technologies

In addition, we have access to the world’s most cutting-edge technology that allows us to produce some of the best prosthetic hands, arms, and fingers on the market.
Experienced Team

Experienced Team

Our staff has decades of experience navigating these complex challenges and is proud to offer our patients the care that they deserve.

Patient Success Stories

William E. Apodaca Fisk
lower Limb Prosthetics
Patient had to undergo a below the knee amputation of right leg to save his life. The use of his current prosthesis, which was fabricated using Ossur Prosthetics direct socket system, makes the patient feel, “like this prosthesis is part of my body and I have more control of my prosthesis.” Patient was able to get back to living a very active lifestyle thanks to the proper goal setting, latest technology and fitting techniques available from Primecare.
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Ralph Merrill
lower limb prosthetics
Patient suffered a tragic motorcycle accident when a vehicle ran a red light and hit him, resulting in an above-the-knee amputation. Patient was fitted with a prosthesis using the latest technology available with a microprocessor. Patient states, “my mobility really increased" [with the new prosetheses and vacuum with suction suspension]
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Janet Rodriguez
walkable prosthetic
I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma on my right femur and knee cap at the age of 17. The tumor was not shrinking after 4 months of chemo and I made the decision to get it amputated.
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Case Study: Overcoming Osteomyelitis Through Customized Prosthetics
Lower Limb Prosthetics
Through our collaborative efforts, the patient achieved positive outcomes and regained a significant level of functionality. He surpassed traditional expectations by expediting his rehabilitation timeline, reducing his reliance on a walker sooner than anticipated.
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What Our Patients Are Saying

Insurance and Financing

PrimeCare is committed to making upper limb prosthetic care more accessible and affordable. We collaborate with a broad spectrum of insurance providers, including HMOs, PPOs, and Medicare, to ease the financial journey for our patients. Our approach includes providing detailed cost information and arranging adaptable payment options to suit individual needs. This strategy helps our patients acquire essential upper limb prosthetics without the stress of financial hurdles, focusing instead on their path to recovery and improved functionality.

Areas We Serve

Contact Local Prosthetics and Orthotics Provider in New Mexico

PrimeCare is located in Las Cruces and Albuquerque but helps patients from Ciudad Juarez, El Paso, and surrounding areas.

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  • Can I play sports with upper limb prostheses?

    Yes, an upper limb prosthesis allows individuals to continue to play sports such as cycling, golfing, rowing, and many more. In many cases, there is a flexible or multi-axis joint that helps attach any sports equipment to the prosthetic part.

  • Do you provide emergency repair support for arm prosthetics?

    Yes, we are happy to provide our patients with emergency repairs if they need assistance with their prosthetics. We know how important it is to continue to lead a happy and fulfilled life and we’ll always be here to help when you need it!

  • How much does a prosthetic arm cost?

    A prosthetic arm price is determined by its functionality and components. It’s difficult for prosthetic arm companies like us to give an exact number because every patient’s needs are different. If you book a free consultation, we can provide more accurate pricing.

  • What is the most common type of upper extremity amputation?

    Excluding finger amputations, traumatic transradial (forearm) and transhumeral (above the elbow) are the most common upper limb amputations. At PrimeCare, we have upper extremity prosthetic components to help all upper limb amputees.