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Amputee Life Blog — Coping with Limb Loss

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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No Luck Swiping? Take a Cue from this Double Amputee's Book

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

In 2017, Mandy Horvath from Colorado made headlines as her dark sense of humor garnered her many dating offers on Tinder. A double amputee who lost her legs in a train accident, the then-24-year-old biology student turned to humor to not only find love but also to make her recovery a lot easier. 

Amputee dating using tinder or other dating apps can be challenging.  Staying positive makes it easier.

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What to Do When Your Prosthetist Doesn't Seem to Care

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

It’s not just in your head. When prosthetistsor physiciansfail to show compassion, it can impact their patients’ physical outcome and mental health. 

Here are some easy tips on how to help your prosthetist stop multitasking.

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