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Amputee Life Blog — Pain Management

CBD: Does the Science Support the Claims?

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Around 80% of 1,321 medical cannabis users use it as a substitute for prescription pain medications. So, why are more people turning to cannabis or CBD for pain relief? Can it relieve chronic pain—including residual limb pain—better than prescription painkillers? 

Does the science of CBD support the health claims?

 

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Relieve Lower Back Pain with these Alternative Solutions

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Treating lower back pain in prosthetic users is often approached as a separate issue; most focus only on the anatomical problems of the lower back. However, there are various options for relieving lower back pain, which means examining other areas of the body that have a connection with the muscles of the lower back. 

A man suffers from lower back pain and wonders if there are alternative solutions to relieve the pain.

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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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Salve: What is It and How to Use It

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Prosthetic users have more than their fair share of skin issues brought on by various factors, such as breaking in a new prosthesis or wearing an ill-fitting socket, among others. So one of the most recommended skin care products to address prosthetic-related skin issues is a salve. However, what is a salve? How do you use it?

Find out how and when to use a prosthetic salve.

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Ischial Tuberosity 101

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

You’re walking for a long time with a new above-the-knee (AK) prosthesis, and you notice pain in the buttocks area. The pain you're feeling could be related to the ischial tuberosity in your pelvis. So, what is the ischial tuberosity? And how can the pain surrounding this bone be avoided?

Above knee prosthetic sockets require weight bearing through your ischial tuberosity.

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