An accident happens in an instant, but its effects are felt for a lifetime. If you or someone you know lost a limb in an accident, you know just how true this is.
Fortunately, prosthetics are more effective than ever and offer an accident victim the chance to do many of the same things he or she did prior to the accident. But, regardless of how good a prosthetic is, using one takes some getting used to. Because of this, our Langhorne accident attorneys have compiled a list of tips for those dealing with an amputation and the subsequent use of a prosthetic.
Good Health Is Key to Thriving With a Prosthetic
Maintaining your health—both mental and physical—is crucial to living a full life with your prosthetic. We looked to the experts for tips on staying healthy and strong after an amputation, and they informed us of the following:
- Seek prompt medical care if you experience phantom pain.
- Attend physical therapy. This is very important not only shortly after your accident, but ongoing as you receive new prosthetics or work to increase your physical strength.
- Practice good hygiene. Keeping your limb healthy and clean is crucial. Follow advice from your prosthetist or physical therapist. If you are concerned about the health or care of your residual limb, speak with your prosthetist.
- Get active. Your physical therapist should set up a realistic, effective exercise program for you. This should focus on overall health, the health of your residual limb, and supporting muscles and ligaments. If you are overweight, it is important to the success of your prosthetic that you work to maintain a healthy weight.
- Seek out support. While your physical well being is important, your mental health also must be maintained. Many amputees find that online forums help them share their experiences, and seek advice from others in similar situations. For depression or deep sadness, it is very important to seek help in the form of a counselor or local support group.
Our Langhorne, PA car accident lawyers hope the information in this article helps you in the days and weeks after your accident. If you need legal advice, please do not hesitate to call us at 215-642-2335.