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Amputee Life Blog — Rehabilitation

6 Journaling Exercises that Improve Your Well-Being

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

These days, a conversation about health and overall well-being isn’t complete without talking about emotional and mental well-being. And one of the ways that both aspects of health can be ensured is in taking the time to put pen to paper and journal.
Journaling can help with anxiety and stress associated with being a prosthetic wearer.

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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, CPO 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, 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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