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Amputee Life Blog — Pain Management

How to Manage Persistent Lower Back Pain

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Your body undergoes many complex changes after lower limb amputation. Many muscles are reutilized post surgery, and this change is what ultimately drives this astonishing statistic—reported by the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation52% to 89.6% of lower limb amputees experience low back pain.

Lower back pain is common for lower limb amputees, however can be lessened with prosthetic adjustments.

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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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When Should You Recalibrate Your Alignment? (Part 1)

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Understanding the effects of proper alignment is important to your overall physical health. When your prosthetic socket is misaligned, it can create a variety of issues such as lower back pain (LBP), fatigue and physical exhaustion, among others. So, we created this Alignment Guide for you.

The correct prosthetic alignment can make a prosthetic socket more comfortable.

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3 Exercises That Solve Common Physical Issues

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

For amputees, the benefits of exercise go beyond weight management and keeping health concerns at bay. It is the cure to many of the most common physical issues, such as being off balance, aching hips and backs, and a feeling that residual limbs are not robust enough to support your body weight. Simply put, regular exercise helps the body become stronger, allowing anyone to live as comfortably as possible. 

amputee warming up for exercise

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6 Stretches that Improve Residual Limb Function

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

If you’re someone who exercises regularly and stays active, you may not notice anything for a while. Your diet's okay, you stay lean, and you look just as great as you feel. You may ask yourself: Why do I need to stretch? Learn six stretches that can improve limb function.

Stretches that help improve your prosthetic limb function.

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