Can physical therapy help me adjust to a prosthetic limb?

Yes, physical therapy can help you, in both your recovery from amputation, and your adjustment to your prosthetic limb. A physical therapist can work to “wake up” your residual limb (stump) after surgery, through strengthening, neuromuscular reeducation, and stabilization. The goal of physical therapy is to help you increase your strength, work on range of motion, and gain control of your residual limb. You need good limb motion so that your prosthetic limb fits well and works the way it should.

A physical therapist can also provide training in the use and wearing of the prosthesis. Your therapy may include care of the amputation site, and performance of tasks of daily living with the prosthesis. To keep up your highest level of mobility, you should be evaluated by a physical therapist every year or two throughout your life. People who continue to go back for therapy adjust better and are able to stay more active, and people who don’t tend to gradually decline.

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