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Amputee Life — Rehabilitation

The Current State of Fall Training

Posted by Bryan Potok on

It’s easy to assume that all individuals with limb loss get fall training after amputation. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and a recently published study proves it.

Fall training is an effective yet mostly overlooked fall intervention for lower-limb amputees.

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Do Lower-Limb Amputees Pay Attention to Their Prosthetic Foot When Walking?

Posted by Bryan Potok on

It doesn’t seem obvious, but humans are wired to control biological body parts and receive information by directing attention toward them. This is called “body-specific attention,” which explains why it’s often harder for amputees to feel comfortable using their prosthetic legs.

Body-specific attention allows lower-limb prosthetic users to better use and control their prostheses.

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Understanding Changes in Lower-Limb Muscle Volume After Amputation

Posted by Bryan Potok on

If you or someone you know has a lower-limb amputation, you might have noticed volume differences in the residual limb, mainly when a prosthetic limb is often used.

Researchers sought to understand the changes in lower-limb muscle volume after amputation.

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3 Exercises That Can Improve Gait and Balance

Posted by Bryan Potok on

One of the top causes of injury for many amputees is losing balance, leading to falls. Struggling with balance makes it hard to get through the day without risking a fall.

Improve your gait and balance with these three exercises.

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Gait Training Exercises for Lower-Limb Amputees

Posted by Bryan Potok on

After limb loss, you may need to rest for a few weeks, which can lead to some tightness or weakness in your lower extremities. Your balance and proprioception will also be affected as you adjust to life with a prosthetic limb. When your condition is stable, and the physician clears you for physical therapy, your physical therapist can begin teaching you how to walk again.

What you need to know about gait training exercises after amputation.

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