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Amputee Life Blog — Coping with Limb Loss

A Bathtub Safety Guide for Amputees

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

The bathroom is one of the most visited rooms in the home. We use that tiny room to prepare and make ourselves look presentable to the rest of the world. And, of course, in that little room, we take the time to shower or bathe regularly. However, in spite of the number of daily visits to the bathroom, we rarely question how safe we are in that space.

Follow the appropriate steps to prevent slipping in the shower.

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Prosthetic Balance: 10 Exercises to Dramatically Improve Your Balance

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

As a prosthetic user, working on improving your balance has benefits beyond merely preventing a fall. Improved prosthetic balance means a significant improvement in the quality of your walk, which lessens injuries and reduces lower back pain.

Strengthening your core muscles will help improve your balance and prevent falls when wearing your prosthesis.

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A Guide to Winter-Proofing Your Days

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Winter is here, and we all know the numerous hazards that the season poses. Walking or driving to work or school can prove to be challenging. For some prosthetic users, the season can magnify balance issues and demands an extra dose of attention, especially when walking to avoid falling or slipping on ice.

Flex your neck and back forward if you feel yourself beginning to fall.

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General Principles of Revision Surgery

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Revision surgery isn’t something to be taken lightly; it’s more complicated than your initial amputation surgery, and it entails many of the same risks. Nevertheless, many amputees undergo revision surgery to eliminate problems such as pain and infection, among others. 

Amputation revision surgery is considered for issues related to pain, improved prosthetic fit and more.

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A Survival Guide for Caregivers

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

In the healthcare industry, it’s easy to forget about the well-being of caregivers and put all the focus on the patient. However, giving care day in and day out is a demanding and stressful task. And patients can only get the best care possible if caregivers take some time out to care for themselves. 

As a caregiver for an amputee, it's important to take breaks and care for oneself as well.

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