Getting acclimated with your new prosthetic can be a process. After your initial rounds of rehabilitation, it’s up to you to maintain your mobility and keep your prosthetic working correctly for you. While we work with experts to help you learn how to manage your new limb, you can still be prone to injury if misused. In order to keep moving, you’ll need to be aware of common injuries and how to prevent them.
Contractures In Your Residual Limb
Contractures are most commonly found in lower limb amputees and can begin within days of the amputation. A muscle contracture is a deformity of muscle from stiffness and constriction of the tissues. The tightness of muscle can restrict your movement and limit mobility, but it can be worked out with therapy when in early stages.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Another common injury can result from a slip and fall accident. While you’re still getting used to balancing with your new prosthetic, it’s easy to lose stability and fall. It’s important to actively work on improving balance and mobility with your prosthetic to prevent you from a slip and fall injury.
Skin Irritation and Infection
It will take your residual limb some time to get used to the pressure inside your prosthesis. Not only will your nerves need to be desensitized, but your skin will also need to adjust to the new device. The pressure of your body weighing down inside your prosthesis can cause the skin to rub and break down. It’s important to take an active role in treating the skin that comes in contact with your prosthesis to prevent irritation and infection.
While it is a process to get your mind and body in sync with your prosthetic, when you take the right steps to be proactive at preventing injuries, life will get easier and easier each day. Be sure to check back on our blog for tips on how to prevent injuries like these!