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After surgery, there are four phases of the rehabilitation process. Last week we examined Phase 1: Post-operative Healing.  Today, we will examine Phase 2: Preprosthetic Training.   Phase 2: Preprosthetic Training In the preprosthetic phase, there are a number of factors that must be considered before the patient can be fitted for a new prosthetic limb. These include: Edema (swelling) control Residual-limb shaping Improved cardiovascular conditioning Strengthening ...
Posted on 2018-11-28
Once a patient has experienced an amputation, he/she might be surprised at how much basic motor skills he will have to relearn with his prosthetics and orthotics in order to regain a functioning level of “normal” mobility. This is why physical therapy is a vital component of the rehabilitation process. As part of a complete series devoted to prosthetcs and orthotics, this week, we will discuss Phase 1 of the prosthetic rehabilitation process: Post-Operative Healing. After surgery...
Posted on 2018-11-21
To help people who have lost a limb due to accident, military service, or disease, replacing that limb with something as serviceable as possible is the ultimate goal of prosthetic researchers. For the amputee, a functioning bionic limb is perhaps the “Holy Grail” of limb replacement. This week, we will revisit the subject of bionic prosthetics in order to introduce more recent technological advancements in neurobionic technology that could make artificial limbs a much more functio...
Posted on 2018-03-12

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