Recovering from Lower Limb Amputation

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    The loss of a limb is one of the most significant challenges that you will ever encounter. It is different from any of the other illnesses and struggles that you may have had, because it is a highly visible, physical loss. You are reminded of it each time that you get dressed. It has an effect on your mobility, and can also have an impact on your hobbies, work, and independence. Here are some ways to cope with the challenges and flourish in spite of them. Express your concerns. Everything about...Read More
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    After you have had a lower limb amputation, your exercise routines and capabilities will change. Some good rules to observe while exercising include: Always check the skin on the residual limb. This is especially important after activity. Exercising with an ill-fitting prosthesis can cause injury to the skin. The sound limb may also be at risk if you wear an inappropriate shoe and have poor sensation and circulation in that foot. Check with the doctor before beginning an exercise program. Some...Read More
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    During your follow-up visits to the rehab clinic following a lower limb amputation, you should tell your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following: Areas of redness, cuts, or skin irritations on the residual limb Areas of pressure over bones on the residual limb Falls or near falls Sensations that the residual limb is moving up and down within the socket (pistoning), as opposed to moving with the socket. This is similar to walking with a pair of shoes that are too big. An ill-fitting...Read More

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Adrian Cristian

Dr. Adrian Cristian is Chief of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine as well as as Chief of the Amputee Care Program at the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and its graduate medical training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

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