Living an Active Life with Your Prosthesis

Living an Active Life with Your Prosthesis

Losing a limb can be physically and emotionally devastating. And certainly, life will never be exactly the same. But thanks to advanced technology and modern medicine, life with a prosthesis can come pretty close. 

At Ortho Engineering, Inc., in Southern California, we design and manufacture custom prostheses to help you do just about anything you want — including sports, hobbies, and other recreational activities. Here are some practical tips to help you get used to your new prosthetic limb and learn how to get back into the swing of life.

Be patient

Whether your limb was surgically removed or lost in an accident, your body has experienced severe trauma, and it takes time to recover. In fact, it’s going to take a few months (maybe more) for your tissues to heal, your pain to subside, and your swelling to go away. Of course, the timeline is different for everyone, and it depends a lot on your age, overall health, type and severity of injury, and type and location of amputation.

When it’s time to consider a prosthesis, you’ll be measured and fitted for a device that fits over your residual limb, but you may need several adjustments before you get it right. And children need regular monitoring and replacements as they grow. So, be patient and remember that living with a prosthesis is a journey, not a one-time event. 

Choose the right prosthesis

Prostheses have evolved over the years from rudimentary wooden pegs to today’s advanced models that enable a wide range of physical activities. At Ortho Engineering, Inc., we can design a prosthesis for whatever you love to do:

These are just  a few of the specific sports you can still enjoy thanks to specialized prostheses. Tell us what you love to do, and we can design a prosthesis to help you do it. 

Many of our customers have more than one prosthesis, and they switch them out according to the activity of the day. We even design custom prosthetic limbs for children and military personnel

Don’t be a loner

Adjusting to life with a prosthesis is tough to do alone — and fortunately, you don’t have to. Enlist the help of family and friends, especially in the early days, weeks, and months following your amputation and prosthesis fitting. 

Beyond that, it’s important for you to know many other people struggle with the same physical challenges, the same emotional hurdles, and the same bouts with depression, anxiety, and PTSD. They can help you resolve these issues and give you the benefit of their personal experience.

There are also many support groups throughout Southern California, and if you seek their services, you can choose your degree of involvement. Want to meet regularly with other amputees? Just want to browse a reliable online source of information? You can find whatever you’re looking for with a few button clicks. One exceptionally robust resource can be found here

Be positive and have hope

It’s normal to have frustrating days as you’re learning to live with your prosthesis. But we believe that with the right prosthetic design and the right frame of mind, you can achieve the same level of rigorous activity you enjoyed before your amputation — maybe even more so.

And technology is continuously advancing in the field of prosthesis development. Researchers and teams like ours are constantly working to make joints more realistic, creating motorized fingers that move and grasp like a natural hand, restoring your spacial awareness of your prosthetic, giving you tactical control, and integrating mechanisms that interface with nerves so your prosthesis responds on command.

Don’t let a prosthesis stand in the way of what you love — let it open the door to a whole new way of enjoying an active life. To find out more about what we design and how we can create a custom prosthesis for you, contact us at any of our nine locations throughout Southern California today.

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