Getting accustomed to a new prosthetic requires a period of adjustment for everyone. In order to increase their chances of a successful outcome, there are certain steps that prosthetic users should be sure to take, according to the experts at Capital Prosthetics and Orthotic Center Inc in Columbus OH.
Prepare With Exercise
New amputees will need to prepare themselves both mentally and physically before starting to use the prosthetic. Some important steps in this process include exercising to build strength and improve balance, learning correct body positioning, and stretching the muscles.
Prepare With Shaping
It’s also important to shape the residual limb by wearing a tapered compression stocking to reduce swelling. Unfortunately, shaping tends to require ongoing maintenance, and many patients use socks in a combination of lengths and sizes to control any swelling or other changes that occur.
Prepare With Desensitization
One of the common problems that amputees have to deal with is phantom pain, that is, a sensation of pain that seems to reside in the amputated limb. Desensitization not only prepares a limb for a prosthetic, but it also helps to deal with the phantom pain by re-training the brain. Practice desensitization by touching, massaging, and gently tapping on the residual limb a few times each day.
See A Primary Care Physician (PCP) At Least Twice A Year
It’s important to keep a PCP aware of any problems with the residual limb or the prosthesis itself. The physician will then be able to prescribe anything the patient needs to be more comfortable, such as new liners or a better fitting socket. It is recommended to see a PCP every six months and of course sooner if there are new problems.
See A Prosthetist Every Three Months
The prosthetist who fits a prosthetic will need to check it regularly and make sure the device fits and functions correctly. The prosthetist will be able to detect minor problems and make adjustments before they become serious problems.
Being active and moving around as much as possible will help improve circulation in the residual limb as well as promoting overall health. Activity is especially important for patients with diabetes, as they tend to have reduced circulation. Click Here for more information about lower-limb prosthetics from Capital Prosthetics and Orthotic Center Inc in Columbus OH.