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How does an above knee amputee stand after a fall?

Posted by Bryan Potok on

A fall for a lower limb amputee can be a very scary experience. The reason is that it may be difficult for many people to get back up on their feet once they fall down. In addition, the fall may cause an injury that may even make it harder to get up when using prosthetic limbs. For this reason, one of the goals of therapy is to teach amputees techniques on how to get up after a fall. Various ways to do this exist.

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Are there any mobility exercises that should be performed by an AK Amputee shortly after surgery?

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Mobility for a lower limb amputee is an important issue. Shortly after surgery is completed and as long as the person is medically stable, both physical and occupational therapists can begin giving the new amputee techniques that will help improve mobility. One of the first skills taught to the amputee is how to move around in bed. A new above- or below-knee amputee may find it difficult to move in bed, particularly if surgery caused them to become weak and deconditioned. 

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Computer Legs - Microprocessor Controlled Knees - Compact, C-Leg, Rheo, Plie

Posted by Bryan Potok on

The microprocessor contains a fluid control unit that provides resistance to both knee flexion (bending) and extension (straightening).  The onboard computer will influence the fluid within the knee to provide the appropriate resistance to ensure the knee is always in the most safe and stable setting.

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Can I wipe down my prosthetic leg or arm?

Posted by Bryan Potok on

The short answer, ab-solu-tely!  You should wipe down your prosthetic socket at a minimum of once per day, if not more.  Whether you use a damp soapy towel or an Prosthetic Shower Wipe, wiping down the inside of the socket at night is an important step of a prosthetic skin care regimen.  Using a prosthetic wipe in many instances is the preferable method versus showering or bathing with hot water.  A hot shower or bath can dehydrate your skin and increase swelling leading to a overly tight and difficult socket fit. 

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5 Reasons to stop using antibacterial soap

Posted by Bryan Potok on

After 40 years of research, the FDA concluded that there is no evidence that antibacterial soap can curb bacterial growth.  As a result, manufacturers will have to prove that their products are both safe and more effective than good old soap and water.  If not, they will have to remove it from store shelves and warehouses.  This removal began in 2016.

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