What to Expect After An Amputation Injury
An amputation injury is one of the most devastating and life-changing injuries that a person can sustain in an accident. It is also an injury that takes more substantial and longer recovery than almost any other type of injury that can happen in an accident. The knowledgeable personal injury lawyers at Mitch Grissim & Associates understand the complexity of an amputation injury and what to expect afterwards. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve and answer all your questions about the process. To learn more, call or contact our office for a free consultation.
Immediately after the medical operation for a traumatic or medical amputation, the post-operative phase focuses on healing, pain control, range of motion, and emotional support. This is often the most difficult phase of recovery, as victims must accept their new body and the loss of a body part. This is also when medical professionals will focus on limb shaping and protection for the next phases of recovery.
The pre-prosthetic phase focuses mostly on strengthening, flexibility, and the final shaping for the prosthetic. Counseling often continues during this time to help with the mental and emotional issues that a victim faces after losing a limb.
Prosthetic Prescription and Training
The prosthetic prescription and training phases signify a substantial change for most amputation victims, as this is when the prosthetic is cast, measured, and fitted for use. The fitting process may take more than one session, as the prosthetic must be aligned for all types of use. The victim then learns the basic prosthetic skills, which can include how to take it on and off, getting dressed, walking or holding items, weight bearing on the prosthetic, and managing the care of the residual limb.
Once an amputation victim is comfortable with the basic skills of their new prosthetic, the next phase is reintegration. During this time, focus is placed on learning specific activities, both personal and professional, that will help with reintegration into the world. This can include jogging, hiking, weight lifting, typing, and many other types of activities tailored to the victim’s lifestyle.
The last phase after an amputation injury is the maintenance phase. An amputation is permanent, and things may change over time both physically and emotionally. An amputation victim may need to return for additional medical care, vocational therapy, or psychological therapy in the years following an accident. They may wish to learn new skills or cope with phantom limb pain. Whatever the reason, the maintenance phase typically lasts for the rest of a person’s life.
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