FAQ’s for New Amputees

Posted on: November 24th, 2014 by JPO Blogger
Whether you have had a prosthetic for years or just a few weeks, you may still have some questions we can help answer.

Whether you have had a prosthetic for years or just a few weeks, we are here to answer your questions and concerns.

FAQ’s for New Amputees

 

Adjusting to life with a prosthetic limb can be challenging and is usually filled with questions. That’s why we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions and answers for new amputees regarding the use of their prosthesis.

 

Q. Is it comfortable to walk with an artificial leg?

A. Yes! The key to having a comfortable prosthetic is having the right fit. At JP&O, our practitioners will help find the right prosthetic for you and work to make you comfortable throughout the process. As changes occur in your leg, we can help make adjustments to maintain the most comfortable fit possible.

 

Q. Is it common to have the sensation of feeling in a limb that is no longer there?

A. Yes – this is called phantom sensation and is very common. For many amputees, the discomfort and pain decreases as time goes on while others may experience it from time to time for their entire life. Treatment plans can be made by a certified physician to help ease any discomfort, and JP&O staff can provide helpful advice along the way. More information about phantom limb pain and sensations can be found here.

 

Q. Does an amputation increase the risks for other health problems?

A. The loss of a limb can result in decreased activity which may increase the risk of health problems. It is important to find a fitness routine approved by your physician that works for you and your prosthesis. Many amputees also experience residual limb and phantom pain as well as skin problems around the area of the prosthesis. It is important to take care of your skin, maintain a healthy diet, and find appropriate exercise to reduce the risks of future health issues. More information about appropriate care can be found here.

 

Q. Can I drive a car with a prosthetic?

A. Most amputees can drive a car with the use of hand controls or an alternate foot gas accelerator extension. Our staff can provide the most advanced technology to help you return to your best function and lifestyle with a prosthesis.

 

Q. Can I participate in sports?

A. Yes. Technological advances in prosthetic devices have resulted in lighter and more durable equipment. This technology has enabled amputees to participate in a variety of athletic activities. Talk to your prosthetist about how your prosthesis can accommodate your lifestyle and activities.

 

Q. What can family members and caregivers do to help support a healthy adjustment?

A. Patients say one of the toughest adjustments is finding physical balance with a prosthetic leg. It has a different weight and feel than the natural body part that was removed, so it takes time to adjust. Family members and caregivers can help support their loved one by making every effort to go to prosthetic appointments, listening carefully to instructions regarding fit, and helping the patient don (put on) and doff (take off) the prosthesis. An optimistic and supportive attitude will also go a long way to help the patient’s progress.

 

You are embarking on a new adventure and way of life when you begin living with a prosthetic device. JP&O wants to help you make the adjustment as smoothly and comfortably as possible. Contact us with any further questions you or your caregiver may have regarding your prosthetic.

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