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Amputee Life Blog — Pain Management

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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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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