BEST Techniques to Overcome the Pain of Prosthetics

Posted on: November 3rd, 2015 by JPO Blogger



It’s unpleasant, but pain is part of the recovery process. Rather than letting it rule your life, there are coping tactics to help you manage it as it comes.  We recommend the following ways to control pain on your own in your home, whether it’s…

Phantom limb: Your limb may be gone, but your nerve endings are still alive and kicking, sending pain signals to your brain. They can create feelings of tingling, aching, or throbbing that are hard to ignore. Prescription medicines from muscle relaxants to beta-blockers can help ease the pain on a daily basis. You can also practice massage techniques on the residual limb to calm the hyperactive nerves. Additionally, the use of a shrinker can relieve and redistribute pressure. Listening to, engaging in meditation to relax your mind, and distracting yourself with reading or other hobbies can help to refocus your thoughts until pain subsides.

Reach out to us for more helpful tips on overcoming phantom limb pain!

Blisters, sores, and abrasions: Skin irritation on residual limbs is often the result of an improper fit with a socket that’s too loose or too tight, creating friction that irritates healing skin. A rash can occur as a result of a fungus or sweat, which is common with use of heavy suction liners. Antihistamine lotions, athlete’s foot treatments, and over-the-counter cortisone cream can help rashes clear up at home. In the event of blisters, leave them intact, cover with a layer of antibiotic ointment and give us a call right away.

Emotional: Grief following limb loss is more common than not. Like a physical recovery, an emotional recovery will include bumps along the way to achieving normalcy. If you or your loved one experience symptoms like appetite loss, poor concentration, lessened interest in enjoyable hobbies, or enduring feelings of hopelessness, depression may be on the horizon. Keep yourself on top of your feelings by increasing contact with loved ones and plugging into a support group. Be open about your feelings, write letters to yourself, set goals that will make you feel successful, and find your sense of purpose.

These techniques help you manage average levels of pain as they arise. However, they should serve as an addition and not as a substitution for care from medical professionals. Don’t hesitate to call us today to get in touch with experts who’ll help you past a sore spot.

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