Recovery Process After An Amputation

Regular Physical Therapy

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Individuals who have had an amputation will need regular physical therapy. In general, patients will be fitted with a prosthesis around eight weeks after their operation, though some choose not to use a prosthesis. Physical therapy is essential in both situations. It is crucial in helping patients maintain the circulation of the residual limb and the skin's health. It can also improve strength and endurance. In addition, it reduces the risk of developing shortened muscles or tendons (contractures). 

For individuals who plan to use a prosthesis, the physical therapist can help shape the residual limb. This is done with an elastic bandage or a shrinker. Physical therapists teach the patient how to massage the residual limb so that it is desensitized enough to have a prosthesis. The therapist will also monitor the residual limb for signs of infection or other skin issues that may need treatment. 

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