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Can I use crutches or a wheelchair instead of the prosthesis?

You can use anything you want when it comes to being active with limb loss. Some people do not want a prosthesis and prefer using crutches, canes or walkers. In addition, if you have a bilateral amputation and have lost strength, you may be unable to use a prosthesis. You may find a wheelchair gives you security and also lets you get around. However, those who do opt for a prosthesis find that this artificial limb affords them more freedom and mobility to do the things they enjoy in life. Most people who have lost one limb use crutches at certain times such as at nighttime.

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