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Amputee Life Blog — Coping with Limb Loss

What You Need to Know About Stress

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Stress is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. But what is stress? How does it affect your health? Is stress really that bad? In this article, we discuss everything that you need to know about stress, and how to deal with it.

Stress management is essential to maintain good health.

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Elective Amputation: Navigating the Emotions and Making the Decision

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

The decision to amputate can either be medically necessary or matter of improved function and quality of life. This is a tough emotional decision, and considering the probability that you either are in discomfort or under heavy medication from infection makes it all the more critical.

Elective amputation is an emotional and difficult decision.

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Better Psychological Planning Pre-Amputation is Key to Quality of Life Post-Amputation

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

There is a need to improve psychological screening and early treatment of anxiety symptoms before the surgery. There is also a need to improve symptoms of traumatic stress and depression after an amputation further, and the study advocated for the importance of social support over time. 

Symptoms of anxiety were typically magnified after amputation.

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New Theory Sheds Light on Phantom Limb Pain

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Recently, the journal Frontiers in Neurology published a paper by Dr. Max Ortiz Catalan, Associate Professor at Chalmers University of Technology and head of the Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory. He called it “stochastic entanglement,” which describes how entangled neural circuitry causes phantom limb pain.

Phantom limb pain can be explained using stochastic entanglement.

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Are You a New Lower-Limb Amputee? Here's What to Expect During Your First Physical Therapy Session

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

So, you’ve just been referred to physical therapy, and you’re not sure what to expect. We understand the apprehension that comes with experiencing therapy for the first time, so this article was created to discuss what to expect during your first few sessions. 

Make sure to bring comfortable cloths with you to your first physical therapy session.

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