An amputation is a life-changing event. It requires recovery and acclamation for the individual as they return to habits, activities, and work performed prior to limb loss.
Obtaining a prosthesis is one component of the overall amputee rehabilitation process. Pongratz uses prosthetic technology to restore the amputee to as close as possible to their prior level of function.
In this blog, we will look at the following:
- What is prosthetic rehabilitation?
- What is prosthetic training?
- How long does prosthetic rehabilitation take?
What is Prosthetic Rehabilitation?
After an amputation, the patient will work with a prosthetist to design a prosthesis for the amputated limb. The prosthesis is uniquely customized and fits the individual’s dimensions and functional requirements.
There are many prosthetic options available from simpler designs to more complex and advanced prosthetic technologies, for upper or lower-extremity amputees, thus allowing for more precise and advanced functionality.
Types of Prostheses Include:
- Passive Prosthesis
- Body-Powered Prosthesis
- Myoelectric Prosthesis
Types of Suspension:
- Pin lock
- Elevated vacuum
Types of Feet:
- Hydraulic Feet
- Dynamic Feet
- Energy Storing Feet
- Shock Absorbers, Rotators, Microprocessor Feet/Ankles
Types of Knees:
- Microprocessor Knees (Proteor Quattro, Proteor Plie, Ossur Rheo, Ossur Power Knee, Ottobock X-3, Ottobock Genium, Ottobock C-Leg, Blatchford Orion 3)
- Hydraulic Knees
What is Prosthetic Training?
Opting for a prosthetic limb is a commitment that requires prosthetic training and ongoing maintenance. The patient will have to relearn the functions they aim to restore with a prosthetic.
Patients with higher functional ability or desire for more complex functional tasks will require specialized therapy. They will work closely and regularly with an occupational therapist to monitor and help optimize the motor skills dependent on the prosthetic.
Training will help improve:
- Independent Living Skills
- Gait training
An occupational therapist may also be involved in cases where an individual must re-learn and practice performing career-related tasks.
How Long Does Prosthetic Rehabilitation Take?
The time it takes for a patient to acclimate to a prosthesis entirely depends on the individual’s particular case and functional requirements.
Ongoing treatment should be expected for some time as your progress will be monitored by your rehabilitation team and the medical professionals involved, who can give you a better idea of what to expect during your overall recovery process.
Pongratz Can Help Restore Limb Function
Here at Pongratz, we offer state-of-the-art prosthetic care and access to rehabilitation services, ensuring you’re getting the best there is during your journey to recovery.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation, and we’ll be glad to answer any questions you might have.