Losing a limb or both is a scary thing to happen to anyone whether young or old it’s rarely planned for. The important thing to realize early Is that an incredibly fulfilling life still awaits. There will be undoubtedly be a struggle from time to time but with the right guidance ,you can overcome the challenges. Apart from having a certified prosthetist who is well vast in his field. These 3 tips will help you on your new journey:

  • Care first for your mental and the physical health
  • Be an active participant in your care to be fit correctly
  • Learn how to wear and care for your prosthesis.

The first thing is to heal, and it is one of the hardest. Healing takes time and everyone is different. Here are some physical and mental factors that play into the healing process:

Mental state: Getting past the loss, planning for the future and following the care plan. Understanding your current limitations,what are temporary and which obstacles you need to overcome. Seek knowledge and don’t let prejudice, misconceptions or myths limit you. Advanced prosthesis and care center is a great place to learn and educate yourself about how to adapt to a living a full life while using a prosthetic limb.

Desire to ambulate and self-advocacy. Ask yourself how hard your willing to work for your own well-being? Be involved in your own health,care and education. Ask “what can I do while I’m healing to get myself ready for a prosthesis.

Cause of amputation and other health conditions. Amputation due to trauma ,poor circulation,diabetes or cancer in combination of other conditions will factor into the process of healing.

Support systems such as health care providers will also be very efficient in the progress of your health before and after the prosthetic limb.

The second thing is getting a fitting and functional prosthesis.

Your physician has removed the sutures and determined that the incision line is strong enough to go forward with prosthetic care.Shrinkers should be used to reduce edema ,shape the residual limb promote healing.

The first prosthesis will consist of a semi clear socket,pylon ,foot and other joints needed. The components are aligned to your body to accommodate walking, standing and sitting. Once the prosthesis is for set up for height and basic ambulation , physical therapy is often recommended to increase strength,balance and endurance. A wearing or break in schedule will be given to aid in the prosthetic acceptance,build confidence and prevent pressure injuries.

Ply sock management is one of the few tools that you must maintain the fit of your prosthesis. Ply socks come in different thickness and are used to control volume fluctuations but are different than the shrinker that you need previously. Shrinkers are used only when your not wearing your prosthesis to maintain volume.

Relax and enjoy,you have a prosthesis!

The Third thing is one of the most important point to note.Use, care and cleaning your prosthesis. This prosthetic socket size will not change but your body will. As you use your prosthesis more your residual limb will change size and shape. Muscles that were attached to what was removed will get smaller and remaining muscles will get larger. You must be able to manage size changes. Schedule and keep regular visits with your prosthetist to adjust for fit changes.

Cleaning your prosthetic liner and sleeve are very important. Anything that touches your skin needs to be cleaned daily with the same soap you use on your body.

Precautions such as pain ,red spots/ purple that don’t go away in a few minutes,skin irritations blocked hair follicles or pores can all be signs of pressure. If you do feel pain or pressure please contact your prosthetist. Common areas of pressure are at the front ,top or outside top of your residual limb.

With experience, you will learn about ply sock management in your activities of daily living. Other strategies include mainataning fluids ,a diet that meets your specifications and proper exercise. Learning to walk again can be frustrating and nerve racking. The key is to take it slow and easy. Ease into your activities of daily living with your prosthetic and a physical therapy treatment plan.

All of these things have to be overcome to return to your daily activities. Call Advanced prosthesis and orthotic care center for more information and schedule an appointment 0711955238, 0101955238 or reach us on orthopaedic89@gmail.com

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