Successful rehabilitation from limb loss requires a team of people, most importantly, the patient and his or her individual needs.
Your Prosthetist is the best resource for information and questions about the most appropriate components, fitting and the technology that is available to help you achieve your goals.
A physician that is a specialist in physical medicine, (Physiatrist) is likely the best type of doctor to coordinate your care, since they are more aware of all the physical needs required to maximize your potential.
Family and/or friends are vital to providing support and feedback as you go through the phases of adapting to your life with the new artificial limb or limbs.
The Physical Therapist is also a key part of your team, every step of the way.
Initially, you will need help with decreasing the swelling in the residual limb. The therapists at Best in Town Physical Therapy use their expertise with the treatment of lymphedema to assist in eliminating the swelling as quickly as possible. This will allow more rapid fitting of the temporary prosthesis, so that an amputee can begin weight-bearing as soon as possible.
Gait training (walking and balancing) and safe transfer techniques, as well as positioning, stretching and strengthening exercises are also part of the first stage of your rehabilitation.
Then, as you get more comfortable with your prosthesis, you will be encouraged to perform more advanced standing and balancing exercises to improve your confidence.
Whether you are a new or experienced prosthetic user, it is important that you seek therapy from Physical Therapists that have had additional training and expertise in Amputee Rehabilitation. This is to not only maximize your investment in time and insurance benefits, but to ensure that you are able to achieve your goals, no matter how high!
Please feel free to call our therapists for any and all questions. We can be with you every step of the way to ensure you are back to your normal activities as quickly as possible.