What to Expect from Amputation Rehabilitation
The loss of a limb is one of the most traumatic injuries a person can experience, whether it was a traumatic (sudden and unplanned) or a surgical amputation. Afterward, patients can expect to undergo an intensive rehabilitation program designed to stabilize their health and restore their mobility. Each rehabilitation program is customized to suit the unique medical and lifestyle needs of the individual patient.
The initial phase of amputation rehabilitation will include wound care services. The wound itself should usually heal within four to eight weeks. The skilled nursing staff will closely monitor the healing process to ensure there are no complications. Even after the wound has fully healed, the skin at the stump will require frequent inspections. The skin can become irritated and painful when amputees first begin to use a prosthesis.
Amputees work closely with physical therapists, both before and after being fitted for a prosthesis. A physical therapist can help patients with edema management and skin care, as well as physical exercises and stretches designed to maximize mobility. Once the prosthetic device has been fitted, the patient can begin learning how to move with it.
Occupational therapy is another important part of amputation rehabilitation. An amputation will naturally bring about significant changes to one’s lifestyle. It can be difficult for patients to figure out how to do everyday tasks with this disability. An occupational therapist’s job is to help patients learn how to overcome these challenges.
Amputations can be just as psychologically traumatic as they are physically traumatic. It’s common for an amputee’s rehab team to include a clinical psychologist or counselor. A psychologist can help patients learn how to deal with difficult emotions, including grief, anger, and despair.
For complete inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, look no further than Life Care Center of Sierra Vista. Their skilled nursing staff works with patients with diverse medical needs, including those who require amputation rehabilitation. You can call their office in Sierra Vista, AZ at (520) 458-1050.