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How people recover from amputation

The aftermath of a serious accident or medical malpractice in Missouri can cause such severe damage to a limb that there is no reasonable alternative but to have the limb amputated. Readjusting to a life without a hand or leg can be hard both physically and psychologically. Many people need to make serious life adjustments following an amputation in order to restore as much quality of life as possible.

As explained by John Hopkins Medicine, rehabilitation will likely involve physical exercises to restore good health and build up strength to compensate for the loss of a limb. Dietary changes may also be necessary. Additionally, rehabilitation will likely involve a readjustment of the home environment of the patient to promote access, function and safety in the home. For example, grab bars may be put up in the bathroom or passages could be widened for wheelchairs or other assistance devices.

The loss of a hand, arm or leg can inflict emotional distress. Part of amputation recovery involves the patient adjusting to a new body image. With the help of friends and family, an amputee can develop new self-confidence. In addition to positive reinforcement, an amputee can restore self-confidence by learning how to accomplish tasks in spite of the loss of a limb, or also by getting used to doing things with an artificial limb.

Following amputation, it is not uncommon to experience what is known as phantom pain. As explained by Hanger Clinic, phantom pain is the sensation that an amputated limb is still there. It can develop soon after surgery or can show up at a later date. Phantom pain can take the form of aches, cramps, a burning sensation or a jolt like a shock. Patients may require relief from a form of therapy tailored to their specific needs. Some patients require additional surgery, or they use chiropractic or acupuncture procedures to relieve the pain.