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Amputee Life Blog — Rehabilitation

10 Ways to Improve Your Prosthetic Outcome

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Getting the most out of your prosthesis requires equal effort—50% from you, and 50% from your Prosthetist. Minor problems may occur from time to time, but communication and proper maintenance go a long way. Here are some tips on how to improve your outcome as a prosthetic user.

An amputee working to improve his prosthetic outcome.

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How-to Prevent and Handle Falls After an Amputation

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Falling is an entirely common occurrence that happens when the brain believes that the body finally reached flat ground, making that last step seem unnecessary. This is the same kind of mind-body miscommunication that takes place after an amputation, which then results in falls. Until prosthetic limbs become uber smart and have sensations letting the brain know where they are in space relative to the rest of your body, numerous falls are a fact of life.

Using an Ottobock computer leg this bilateral amputee is able to lessen the risk of falls.

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How Compression Shrinker Socks Help Maintain a Good Socket Fit

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Amputees are all too familiar with a prosthetic shrinker because they are sure to wear them at one point or another. They usually are introduced to the shrinker during their rehabilitation phase when limb maturation and swelling reduction are critical. Some continue to use it after that to maintain a consistent socket fit.

Stump shrinkers help maintain socket fit.

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6 Stretches that Improve Residual Limb Function

Posted by Bryan Potok 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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Everything You Need to Know About Desensitization Exercises

Posted by Bryan Potok on

In your rehabilitation journey, living healthily post-surgery will help you recover much faster and feel better sooner both physically and mentally. However, a skilled physical therapist can also teach you simple exercises to increase your comfort in everyday living, how to manage your prosthesis, and how to work through movements while minimizing pain with desensitization exercises.

Learn everything about stump desensitization exercises.

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