Physical therapy can be a crucial part of the rehabilitation process for individuals who have undergone amputation. Physical therapists can help patients learn how to use a prosthesis, regain strength and mobility, and prevent future complications.
Overall, physical therapy can play a vital role in helping individuals who have undergone amputation regain function, independence, and quality of life.
Traumatic injuries to the limbs, such as those sustained in car accidents or workplace accidents, can sometimes result in the need for amputation.
Some types of cancer, such as bone cancer or soft tissue sarcomas, may require amputation as part of the treatment.
Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral artery disease is a condition in which the blood vessels in the legs become narrow or blocked, reducing blood flow to the affected limb. In severe cases, amputation may be necessary.
People with diabetes are at higher risk of developing complications such as peripheral artery disease or nerve damage, which can lead to amputation.
Some of the specific goals of physical therapy after amputation may include:
Physical therapists can help patients learn how to walk with a prosthesis or with the use of crutches or other assistive devices.
Physical therapists can help patients improve their strength and mobility in the affected limb and in other parts of the body.
Physical therapists can help patients manage any pain or discomfort associated with the amputation or with the use of a prosthesis.
Physical therapists can help patients adjust to using a prosthesis and make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable and functional fit.
Physical therapists can help patients reduce their risk of falls and other injuries by teaching them exercises to improve balance and coordination.