Introduction to Adjusting to Life with an Artificial Limb

Monday, 04 February 2019 14:49

Even though the process of adjusting to life with an artificial limb is unquestionably difficult, advances in adult and pediatric prosthetic technology have initiated a wealth of opportunities in modern times. Greater cultural awareness has vastly improved accessibility, and though we still have much to improve, our culture is more prepared than ever to help you or your child embrace life an artificial limb, with all its challenges and rewards.

 

If you are navigating the process of adjusting to life with a prosthetic device or helping a child to begin this new challenge, we are here to help. To kickstart your research, we have written a short book, How to Adjust to Life with an Artificial Limb – a seven-step guide to adjusting to life with an artificial limb. In this post, we will introduce the guide.

“Amputation can negatively influence body image, self-esteem, and quality of life. Returning to work can be difficult as well. However, the key to better outcomes is ensuring that patients receive appropriate and comprehensive interdisciplinary care for physical and psychosocial needs, with prosthetic care as a fundamental need, the authors point out.”

Source: Miki Fairley 

Returning to Normal After an Amputation

If you or your child has experienced an amputation, there are obviously remarkable challenges ahead. You and your family will spend a great deal of time establishing a new normal. In your favor are many who have gone before and flourished with prosthetic devices. You are not alone. In our book, we discuss a few of your key resources for adjusting to life with an artificial limb, including:

  • Doctors
  • Counselors
  • Immediate and extended family
  • Community
  • Schools
  • Orthopedic Appliance Company

Once you have established your support network, you will be on your way to creating your new normal. Your doctors, pediatricians, counselors, and other key experts will help you create your plan for recovery. You or your child will need to be recommended prosthetic devices that conform to your unique situations. Orthopedic Appliance Company will work with doctors to evaluate your needs, design, and develop an artificial limb that is uniquely yours.

The right prosthetic device is vital for establishing your new normal. For children especially, a device will require routine reevaluation to keep pace with changes.

Returning to School or Work with an Artificial Limb

A significant but challenging step in returning to normalcy after an amputation is returning to work or school. You can help prepare your child for the classroom, cafeteria, and playground by having conversations with your child’s teachers and school administrators, conveying the recommendations of your child’s doctors and counselors.

You cannot control how other people may react, nor account for all of the challenges of classroom or workplace, but with the right support system in place, you can make sure you or your child are as prepared as possible. Furthermore, finding a peer support group will help connect you with people who have been where you have been, heard what you have heard, and navigated the process well.

You can read more about how to adjust to life with an artificial limb in our book, available for free by following this link. For additional resources, information about prosthesis, and help finding the right artificial limb contact us. Orthopedic Appliance Company has been providing the Asheville area with high-quality prosthetic devices since 1960.

How to Adjust to Life with an Artificial Limb