Challenges and Adjustment
Amputation is often a physically and mentally challenging adjustment but with time, work, and a strong support group, you will find that your new situation does not have to limit your life. Horton’s Orthotics and Prosthetics is here for you with six locations in Arkansas. Horton’s is known for quality prosthetics, accessories, and expert prosthetists to answer your questions and address your concerns.
Horton’s goals are your continued mobility and excellent quality of life. We will happily work with you and your doctor as a team to help you become accustomed to your new prosthesis and provide you with continuing care.
New amputees typically have many questions about prosthetics, and we have assembled the information below to provide answers to some common questions.
What to Expect as a New Amputee
When will I first receive my prosthesis? The answer to this question varies from case to case and is typically evaluated by your physical therapist and physician. Your residual limb will need to heal completely, and any swelling must resolve before you are fit for your prosthesis. The healing process typically takes from two to four months.
Will I need physical rehabilitation? You will most likely need some form of physical rehabilitation. New amputees must strengthen their muscles, relearn how to balance properly, and work on coordination to adjust to life after limb loss.
Will my new prosthesis fit perfectly right away? Your prosthesis may require several adjustments to achieve a proper and comfortable fit. This fact is particularly true for new amputees as your residual limb may slowly change shape during the first year after amputation. It’s important to remember this: you’re learning how your prosthesis works for you and your body, and at the same time your Prosthetist is learning about how your body mechanics are working within the prosthesis.
Does it help to talk with other amputees? Absolutely. Many new amputees report that connecting with peers is invaluable for mental and emotional support as well as overcoming challenges. Peer groups such as A.B.L.E. are ready to help new amputees and their families make these connections.
Is it possible to participate in sports and athletics as an amputee? That’s a definite yes. There are numerous amputee sports leagues, and amputees achieve amazing athletic feats daily. Amputees are also well-represented in individual sports like rock climbing, triathlons, cycling, and equestrian activities among many more. To help achieve your goals, Horton’s has a wide selection of sports prosthetics available.
Do I need any supplies for my prosthesis? As a new amputee, you will find you can never have too many supplies. While many of the supplies you need will come with your prosthesis, your Prosthetist will also go over any additional items you may need during your evaluation process.