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.

We tend to think of bone and joint problems as adult medical issues that come with aging and years of hard use. But young children and teens that participate heavily in sports or other active recreational activities can quickly develop injuries from overuse if they and their parents don’t take care. And now, more than ever, kids 6-18 are participating in some form of organized athletics.

Life-changing events, both good and bad, have a way of altering how we look at ourselves and the world. When the worst happens, and we experience a loss of any kind, grief can set in. 

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.