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Managing Phantom Limb Pain
Learning to Walk with a Prosthetic Leg
In the United States, there are approximately 1.7 million people living with limb loss either due to amputation or a congenital condition. Regardless of how people lose a limb, they have one thing in common: they never expected to find themselves in this situation. Facing limb loss can feel overwhelming. Consulting with a prosthetist as soon as possible will help you understand what lies ahead.
Learn more about Living with Limb Loss below:
The need for prosthetic care is often preceded by a serious injury or major surgery. Hanger Clinic is committed to helping all patients reach their full potential by providing comprehensive post-operative care that includes limb protection where a socket or rigid dressing is placed on the limb in the first few hours or days following surgery.
Emotional grief counseling, physical therapy, maintaining good health and peer support are all keys to the recovery process and the pathway to healing.
Healthy lifestyle practices such as daily exercise, eating nutritiously, and getting enough rest are important for everyone, but even more so for prosthetic users. The absence of a limb and a portion of the muscular-skeletal system can cause physical strain on the rest of the body, not to mention the emotional strain of adapting to limb loss. Both your initial recovery and your long-term wellness will benefit from committing to a healthy lifestyle.
Your prosthesis is an important new part of your body. It is a sophisticated tool, designed to enhance your independence, activity level, and mobility. As you gain experience using your prosthesis, you will become more and more dependent on this tool. Decide right now to follow some basic guidelines for keeping it in good working order.
While all prosthetic users face challenges, those with a hip disarticulation or transpelvic (hemipelvectomy) amputation face perhaps the longest road to becoming a successful lower extremity prosthetic user.
If you have had a lower extremity amputation due to diabetes or vascular problems, you can dramatically reduce the chances of amputation of the sound foot/leg by following a preventative diabetic foot care program.