Navigating life with limb loss is challenging. Almost two million people are living with limb loss in America. Among those who have experienced amputations, a little over fifty percent of them are the result of vascular disease, while forty-five percent of amputations are the result of trauma. 

Regardless of the cause of your limb loss, the experience can be traumatic. Life-changing events, both good and bad, have a way of altering how we look at ourselves and the world. Everyone handles loss differently. Our age, cultural, and social circumstances all affect our recovery. For those who have lost a limb, that grief and pain can negatively affect how you perceive your body and self-worth.

Cerebral palsy is perhaps the most diagnosed childhood motor disability in the United States, with 10,000 kids born annually adding to that number. It is a group of associated disorders caused by abnormal brain development or damage. 

It presents as difficulty or an inability to adequately control muscles, which results in a patient having difficulty moving, balancing, or maintaining good posture. Cerebral palsy is a condition that can range from slight uncoordinated movements to needing full assistance when walking. 

No matter what the cause, limb loss is a significant event in someone’s life. It may well be the most difficult or traumatic experience they face. And then, they are faced with the long, often trying process of adjusting to a new normal. Part of that new normal may be adjusting to new work abilities, and the financial concerns that come with a serious medical issue.

As the body grows, it undergoes substantial changes, and sometimes those changes can be disproportionate. A common condition that arises out of growth spurts proceeding puberty is scoliosis. Although it can occur at any age, this range of 11 to 16 years old is when most diagnoses occur.