Resume Your Active Lifestyle with Prosthetics

An amputation is a big deal. It has the potential to change the way you feel about yourself, approach relationships, and lead your life. But those are all self-imposed limits. Physically, you can do nearly everything you did before with the help of modern prosthetics.

At Ortho Engineering, we design your prosthesis to fit your unique anatomy and lifestyle. Custom measurements and expert fittings ensure that your new limb will function for you so well, you may even forget it’s there. 

Jumping back into your active life isn’t an instantaneous event, but it’s definitely doable. Much depends on the reason you lost your limb, the type of amputation, your overall health, and your support team. Generally speaking, if you were healthy and active before your amputation and are motivated to get your life back, we can help you achieve that goal. Here’s what to expect on your journey.

Getting used to your prosthesis

Naturally, getting used to life with an artificial limb is going to include a few adjustments and some resilience. Here are a few things you might want to consider:

Your residual limb may be weak

You’ve been through a traumatic event, and your body is adapting and healing. Learning how to work out and strengthen a partial limb takes special training with your medical team. It’s important to strengthen both your healthy limb and your residual limb.

Sweating may become an issue

Some people experience excess perspiration from the work required during rehabilitation. That moisture can cause your prosthesis to slip, and it may even lead to skin problems, so make sure you let us know so we can make some adjustments.

Changing limbs

Immediately following your surgery, your residual limb will have some swelling. That’s why we don’t fit you for your permanent prosthesis at that time, but give you a temporary one instead. Changes to your residual limb can and will occur over the next year or so as your tissues heal. That’s okay — we’re here every day around the clock to make any adjustments necessary so that you’re completely comfortable.

Getting the right prosthesis for the right activity

No matter what sport you used to play before you lost your limb, there’s a good chance we can design a prosthesis that will get you back in the game. Virtually every sport has a specialized prosthetic possibility:

A regular prosthesis is great for most activities, but if you’re a competitive athlete, it’s good to know you have options.

Teamwork is key

When you’re rehabilitating after an injury or surgery, you’ll work closely with our team here at Ortho Engineering to maximize your functionality. Whether you’re getting fitted for a military prosthetic, your child is receiving their first new limb, or you’re looking for a specialized blade or attachment to help you get back in the game, we come alongside you every step of the way.

It’s also important to accept the support of loved ones around you during this time. As you adjust to life at home, you may need assistance for a while until you learn how to do the normal everyday activities you once took for granted. 

You can generally expect to be ready for your permanent prosthetic fitting about 26 months after your surgery, and back to business-as-usual a little more with each passing day.

If you’ve just had an amputation and are looking for the best way to resume your active lifestyle, call us at 310-559-5996 to get started on your custom-designed prosthetic at Ortho Engineering.

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