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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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What are common prosthetic parts of an AK prosthesis?

Posted by Bryan Potok on

One of the first prosthesis used may be an Immediate Post Operative Prosthesis. After a few weeks though, the individual may be ready for his initial prosthesis. Various components make up a prosthesis. In general, most lower limb prostheses consist of the socket, suspension system, skeleton or frame, joints (hip, knee, ankle) and foot. The type, durability and expense of these components vary depending on the type of residual limb as well as the age, related medical problems and activity level of the amputee. 

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How many sock ply is too many ply?

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Whether you are a new amputee or one whose limb has fully matured and you find yourself wearing a prosthesis with 20 plus sock ply, here's what you can do.  First and foremost, please call your Prosthetist for an appointment.  During your scheduled appointment he/she will evaluate your current socket and you can decide whether it's time for a socket replacement or attempt to adjust your current socket fit.   During this appointment he/she will take into consideration any changes in medications, weight gain or lose and  previous attempts to adjust your socket fit.

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