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Amputee Life Blog — Rehabilitation

What You Need to Know About Stress

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Stress is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. But what is stress? How does it affect your health? Is stress really that bad? In this article, we discuss everything that you need to know about stress, and how to deal with it.

Stress management is essential to maintain good health.

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Why Your Amputee Training Sessions Matter

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Amputee training is a fundamental phase of successful prosthetic treatment. Training for prosthetic users ensure that they can navigate the various surfaces they'll encounter beyond the smooth clinic floor such as stairs, slopes, and rough terrain. Furthermore, prosthetic training helps you function well in your everyday life and assists you in transitioning into your new normal.   

Amputee training is a fundamental phase of successful prosthetic treatment.

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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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Prosthetic Foot Alignment Series: Part 1

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Regardless of whether you wear a prosthesis or not, everything begins with the foot and works its way up to the knee, hip, and so on. This is commonly referred to as a closed kinetic chain...

This reaction continues all the way up to your neck. So, when you have back issues, think of the closed kinetic chain and check your prosthetic foot alignment first.

If your prosthetic foot is too outset, you may find your knee collapsing inward with a knock-knee presentation.

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