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Upper Limb Prosthetics Market Size By Component (Prosthetic Wrist, Prosthetic Elbow, Prosthetic Shoulder, Prosthetic Arm, Terminal Devices), By Product (Passive Prosthetic Devices, Body Powered Prosthetic Devices, Myoelectric Prosthetic Devices, Hybrid Prosthetic Devices), By End-use (Hospitals, Prosthetic Clinics, Ambulatory Surgical Centers), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Covid-19 Impact Analysis, Application Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2022 – 2028

  • Report ID: GMI4235
  • Published Date: Feb 2022
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Upper Limb Prosthetics Market size exceeded USD 748 million in 2021 and is estimated to register 5.7% CAGR between 2022 and 2028. Growing occurrence of accidental and sports injuries are expected to facilitate the market growth in the coming years. In addition to this, technological advancements in prosthetics are further expected to render significant impact, driving the overall market statistics.

Upper Limb Prosthetics Market

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Upper limb prosthetics is a medical device that is used as a replacement for a partially or entirely diseased or lost arm due to an accidental event, disease, trauma, or congenital anomaly. Upper limb prosthetics comprises interposing joints, terminal device (TD), socket, suspension, and control system among others.

However, high cost of upper limb prosthetics and stringent regulatory scenario may negatively impact the upper limb prosthetics industry growth. According to the National Center for Bioinformatics Information (NCBI), in 2019, the cost of conventionally manufactured arm prosthesis is very high, ranging from USD 4,000 to USD 75,000. The high cost associated with the upper-limb prostheses is amongst the significant barrier to their adoption among amputees.

Furthermore, the U.S. FDA closely monitors the development, approval and post-approval adverse effects related to medical devices including upper limb prosthetics. These devices are classified under Class II that require premarket notification (510k) process to get approval for commercial use of the product. The 510(k) approval represents a complicated process that demonstrates safety and efficacy of the device. Thus, high cost of upper limb prosthetics and rigid regulatory framework may impede the upper limb prosthetics market growth.

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented public health concern and has led to an increased number of hospitalizations. The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic inflicted significant disease burden, mortalities, and financial adversities across the globe. In order to control the spread of the virus, nationwide lockdowns and emergencies had been imposed in numerous countries.

Conserving vital health care resources was prioritized in the wake of COVID-19, wherein the surgeons were informed to perform only the essential surgical treatments. This has substantially impacted the growth of the upper limb prosthetics market. This demonstrates the severe impact of COVID-19 on amputation surgeries and hence, the adoption of upper limb prosthetics across the globe has reduced to a certain extent, further impacting the market demand.

Growing incidence of accidental events and trauma cases is expected to amplify the market share

Rising number of accidental injuries and trauma cases is expected to drive the market growth. The increase in physical activity among the adults and children in the U.S. has led to surge in the sports injuries. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), in 2019, exercise related injuries were numbered 468,000, followed by bicycling with around 417,000 injuries, and sports such as basketball & football accounted for approximately 700,000 injuries.

Moreover, the soaring cases of road accidents across the world have boosted the demand for upper limb prosthetics. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Traffic Safety Facts, the pedal cyclist fatalities increased up to 38 % from 2010 to 2018 in the U.S. Similar trend was observed in Australia, with 1,195 road crash deaths in 2019 and indicated 5.3% increase as compared to 2018.

These events lead to injuries or diseases concerning upper and lower limb that may further require amputation. Growing number of road accidents and injuries is anticipated to promote the adoption of upper limb prosthetics used in arm amputation procedures, further boosting the industry expansion significantly.

Increasing adoption of prosthetic wrists and several benefits is set to stimulate the business landscape

Global Upper Limb Prosthetics Market Share, By Component

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Based on component, the upper limb prosthetics market is segmented as prosthetic wrist, prosthetic elbow, prosthetic shoulder, prosthetic arm, and terminal devices. The prosthetic wrist segment held substantial market share in 2021 and is expected toto reach over USD 296 million by 2028. This substantial market share can be attributed to the increasing adoption of prosthetic wrists and several benefits associated with its use among amputees.  According to the Science Direct article, in 2020, hand amputations associated with trauma are prevalent at a rate of 0.02 per 100,000 individuals.

The rise in the injuries from fall and accidents leading to upper limb amputation is further expected to promote the demand for upper limb prosthetics including prosthetic wrist. Thus, the above-mentioned factors are anticipated to significantly contribute to the industry statistics over the forecast period.

Numerous advantages offered by novel myoelectric devices is expected to propel the business expansion

Based on product, the upper limb prosthetics market is segmented as passive prosthetic devices, body powered prosthetic devices, myoelectric prosthetic devices, and hybrid prosthetic devices. The myoelectric prosthetic devices segment accounted for notable revenue share in 2021 and is projected to surpass USD 341 million by 2028. This robust market growth of the segment is primarily owing to numerous advantages offered by novel myoelectric devices.

Myoelectric-controlled arm prostheses are externally powered and majorly operate through electric medium. This device provides better functional benefits and incorporate a decisive influence on rehabilitation outcomes.

Availability of advanced prosthetic technologies and presence of trained professionals is expected to spur the segmental growth

Global Upper Limb Prosthetics Market, By End-use

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Based on end-use, the upper limb prosthetics market is segmented as hospitals, prosthetic clinics and ambulatory surgical centers. The prosthetic clinics segment held majority revenue share in 2021 and was valued at more than USD 450 million. This majority market share is owing to availability of advanced prosthetic technologies and presence of trained professionals in these healthcare facilities that drives their preference.

Moreover, as per the NCBI article, in 2021, the prevalence of amputations was 1.6 million in 2005, with estimates projecting the prevalence to double by 2050. The rise in the prevalence of amputations is further expected to drive the prosthetic clinic expansion in the coming years.

High product acceptance in the North America region to curb the disease burden is set to promote the regional business outlook

Global Upper Limb Prosthetics Market, By Region

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U.S. dominated the North America upper limb prosthetics market in 2021 and is anticipated to exceed USD 450 million by 2028. This dominant market share is attributable to several factors such as high acceptance of advanced upper limb prosthetics, rise in incidence of accidental events and growing geriatric population across the country. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2018, the number of physician visits concerned with unintentional injuries accounted for around 24.8 million, while the emergency department visits concerning unintentional injuries was approximately 97.9 million.

These stats are further anticipated to increase in the coming years. These adverse events along with rise in geriatric population are anticipated to impel the adoption rate of upper limb prosthetics in the country.

Strategies adopted by major market players will surge the industry growth

Some of the major players operating in the upper limb prosthetics industry are Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA, Endolite India Ltd., Ossur, Fillauer LLC, CPOUSA, Coapt LLC, Mobius Bionics LLC, Steeper Inc., and Open Bionics Ltd among others. These industry players focus on strategic partnerships, new product launch & commercialization for business expansion. Furthermore, these players are heavily investing in research that allows them to introduce innovative products and garner maximum revenue in the market.

Recent industry developments:

  • In April 2019, Össur and the Alfred Mann Foundation (AMF) recently signed an agreement that enables Össur to develop and license AMF's implanted myoelectric sensor (IMES) system. This strategic collaboration helped the company to gain competitive advantage and strengthen its industry position.
  • In May 2018, Össur signed an agreement to invest USD 7.6 million (GBP 5.6 million) over a three-year period to design advanced myoelectric prosthetic solutions at Touch Bionics facility. This investment assisted the company in driving innovation and research & development capabilities in the market.

Upper limb prosthetics market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2017 to 2028, for the following segments:

By Component

  • Prosthetic Wrist
  • Prosthetic Elbow
  • Prosthetic Shoulder
  • Prosthetic Arm
  • Terminal Devices

By Product

  • Passive Prosthetic Devices
  • Body Powered Prosthetic Devices
  • Myoelectric Prosthetic Devices
  • Hybrid Prosthetic Devices

By End-use

  • Hospitals
  • Prosthetic Clinics
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina 
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


Authors: Sumant Ugalmugle, Rupali Swain

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global market size for upper limb prosthetics surpassed $748 million in 2021 and is anticipated to record 5.7% CAGR during the forecast period of 2022-2028.

Prosthetic wrists held a sizeable share of the global upper limb prosthetics market in 2021 and is estimated to go past $296 million by 2028 as there are many benefits of using these prosthetics like offering patients better arm control while carrying out various light and heavy tasks.

Myoelectric prosthetic devices are projected to capture a share worth $341 million in the global market by 2028 as there are numerous advantages offered by these devices, such as better functional benefits and positive rehabilitation outcomes.

The global upper limb prosthetics market size from prosthetic clinics was valued at over $450 million in 2021 due to the high availability of innovative prosthetic technologies and the robust presence of highly trained professionals in these clinics.

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  • Base Year: 2021
  • Companies covered: 10
  • Tables & Figures: 199
  • Countries covered: 18
  • Pages: 150

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