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Amputee Life — Prevention

How to Prevent a Downward Spiral

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Getting caught in a downward spiral is hard. Most of the time, you may feel like you can't do anything about it. You may wake up to discover that things are not going your way, and it's pretty easy to let these situations convince you that you're going to have another bad day.

Tips on how to prevent a downward spiral.

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These 5 Factors Can Add a Healthy Decade to Your Life

Posted by Bryan Potok on

If we were given a chance to live a long life, it's safe to say that all of us would like to spend our bonus years healthy. A recently published study provides us with an answer on how to live longer and healthier.

Five lifestyle factors can add a disease-free decade to your life.

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New Study Shows Vigorous Exercise is Essential to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Saying that exercise is beneficial for your health is not news. However, new evidence suggests that vigorous exercise may reduce one's risk of heart disease and even cancer. Encouraging findings of this new study was presented during EuroEcho 2019, a conference of the European Society of Cardiology. 

New evidence suggests that vigorous exercise may reduce one's risk of heart disease.

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Stopping Phantom Limb Pain Before It Starts with Primary TMR

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Primary Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) seems to be the answer to stopping or mitigating the effects of phantom pain even before it starts. Pioneered by surgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, primary TMR entails the rerouting of nerves cut during amputation into surrounding muscle.

Amputee suffering from phantom limb pain, which could be stopped before it starts with primary TMR.

 

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Prosthetic Foot Alignment Series: Part 1

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Regardless of whether you wear a prosthesis or not, everything begins with the foot and works its way up to the knee, hip, and so on. This is commonly referred to as a closed kinetic chain...

This reaction continues all the way up to your neck. So, when you have back issues, think of the closed kinetic chain and check your prosthetic foot alignment first.

If your prosthetic foot is too outset, you may find your knee collapsing inward with a knock-knee presentation.

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