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Amputee Life — Rehabilitation

How to Get the Most Out of Your Physical Therapy Sessions

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

When your physician recommends that you undergo physical therapy, you submit yourself to a highly individualized program—which consists of education, functional training, manipulative techniques, and therapeutic exercises, among others—created by your physical therapist (PT). This program is usually developed in collaboration with your prosthetist to ensure that your prosthesis will be uniquely tailor-fit to your body and is able to adapt well to how you move. Learn how-to get the most out of your PT sessions.

Learn how to maximize your physical therapy appointments.

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4 Moves for Amputees that Target Important Muscles

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

It's quite easy to neglect certain muscles in your body when your lifestyle changes and you find yourself not moving around as much due to amputation. Sitting for long periods of time or having poor posture can cause these muscles to disengage—a condition more commonly known as "gluteal amnesia".  Here are four moves that target important muscles for amputees.

4 moves to improve posture and comfort for amputees while walking.

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Why a Gait Makeover is the Best Thing You Can Do Right Now

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

A gait makeover is all about you and your unique way of moving. Gait analysis is all about looking at your entire body as a holistic organism—a single amazing unit. Don't be afraid to address poor movement patterns. It’s always best to catch them as early as possible and work on fixing it immediately.

Gait evaluations by your prosthetist can prevent future joint issues.

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Telemedicine: How to Make It Work for Your Prosthetic Care

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Imagine your prosthetist adjusting your prosthesis remotely, right from the comfort of your own home. Prosthetic sockets are getting smarter each day; with technology like SmartPucks and telemedicine,  it’s only a matter of time before your prosthetist will be able to remotely diagnose your hardware.

Telemedicine can help improve your prosthetic care and communication.

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5 Realities of Your Suture Scar Line

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

We all have a scar story to share. And this isn't any different from the realities of your post-amputation suture scar. Depending on the reason for your amputation, definitive closure of the wound may either take place immediately or delayed until much later.  With proper care and informed actions, we can avoid potential issues in order to reduce risks.

Learn how to manage your suture line post amputation.

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