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As a veteran, how long will it take me to adjust to a prostheses?

After losing a limb, it’s sometimes a lengthy and complex process learning to live with a prosthesis. Not only is it difficult learning how to balance a prosthesis, but you’ll also be facing new issues with pain and limitations with physical activity at work and at home. Today, prosthesis have more features and some are technologically advanced with improved function that allows the wearer to participate in competitive sports and recreational activities. Keep in mind that the new artificial limb will enhance your life long-term. But it will take time and energy to get used to wearing the limb, especially the first weeks as you troubleshoot with your prosthetist to get the best fit possible.

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