How do I get ready to use a prosthesis?

Flexibility and strength are important qualities for you to have when you are preparing to use a prosthesis. A physical therapist can work with you to develop exercises that will improve your range of motion and your strength. Another point to be aware of is that limb stumps may swell and shrink. This impedes getting a good fit for your prosthesis. Usually a tight-fitting sock called a "shrinker" is worn on the stump to shape it and to stop swelling. Since this shrinking and swelling takes some time to stop, the first prosthesis you have may not fit well anymore and you will need a second fitting in about six months.

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