National Recovery Month: Understanding Amputee Recovery

Posted on: September 9th, 2015 by JPO Blogger
It is important to understand that everyone is different and will recover in their own, unique way.

It is important to understand that everyone is different and will recover in their own, unique way.

Throughout our lives, we will all experience traumatic events. Even though these events will force us all through a recovery process, we will each go about achieving recovery in a different manner. That is why Jonesboro Prosthetic and Orthotic Lab is taking time during National Recovery Month to explore the uniqueness of recovering as an amputee.

Recovering after an amputation is possible for anyone, but that does not mean it is an easy process. Understanding that everyone recovers differently is important when first thinking about your own recovery process. Because recovery is different for everyone, explore what goals are important for you to reach during your recovery. When creating your goals, be specific and be realistic. Remember throughout your entire recovery process, that it is always ok to ask for help. If you are confident in reaching your goals, then be confident when asking for help along the way!


Now that you have prepared for your recovery, let’s explore the recovery process. According to the Amputee Coalition, there are six phases that describe the recovery process of a new amputee:


  1. Enduring – Focusing on the now, such as surgery or the pain, to get yourself through each day
  2. Suffering – Intense emotional reaction that includes a variety of feelings like anger and sadness
  3. Reckoning – Learning to accept your loss and beginning to shift focus on future as an amputee
  4. Reconciling – Regaining self-control and understanding self-importance
  5. Normalizing – Establishing and maintain new routines and focusing on new priorities
  6. Thriving – Living life to the fullest, being more than before and having the confidence that allows you to be a role model for others


Some amputees will experience these exact phases, some will experience them in a different order, and some will not experience these at all. However, the best thing that you can do is to prepare for your recovery process and be familiar with these phases. Understanding your personal recovery process is the best way for you to reach the state of recovery that you are working towards.


JP&O is here for you throughout your entire recovery process. If you would like more information on the recovery process for new amputees, contact JP&O today!

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