Physical Activity for Amputees
To no one’s surprise, going through an amputation surgery is incredibly life-altering, to say the least. After a patient loses a limb, every part of their life is changed. Everyday tasks, like brushing their teeth or simply getting in and out of bed by themselves, gain a new degree of difficulty. Coping with the countless amounts of changes following the loss of a limb is disheartening and can often lead to depressive symptoms. But it is important to remember that all hope is not lost and the opportunity to live a long and fulfilling life is well within the grasp of every amputee.
By now, your amputation surgery may already be complete and you have been given the challenging task of continuing your everyday life with the addition of a prosthesis or prosthetic limb. With the accompaniment of this new device, daily activities tend to be more difficult than they used to be. This concept especially holds truth with people who like to implement a lot of physical activity into their lifestyle. Positively, however, your day-to-day activities will get much easier with time and you will also be able to maintain a physically active style of living with practice. Here are some tips that will help you get started in regaining your physical fitness.
There are vast amounts of inspirational success stories centered around amputees that overcame the extra adversity that had been thrust upon them and continued to live life to the fullest with their prosthesis. Since it seems like the odds of success are never in the favor of any amputee, staying positive and being prepared for the hard work ahead is the first step to all of these uplifting stories. Also note that prosthetic patients should never consider themselves to be an underdog or an outcast. People and various institutions understand that life is much harder for these patients and everyone is pulling for them to defy the odds in the end.
What is a Prosthesis?
First off - what's a prosthesis? The definition of a prosthesis in the medical world is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part. A prosthesis is also known as an artificial limb, and is an externally applied device that is designed to make the loss of a limb less drastic for everyday life. Typically, body parts can be lost through trauma, through surgery because of a variety of diseases, or because of birth defects.
There are a variety of prostheses that are available to amputees. Passive prostheses are generally considered to be devices that are worn purely for cosmetic purposes. Functional prostheses, on the other hand, are devices that enable an amputee to perform tasks. These devices may or may not also serve a cosmetic purpose.
The Paralympic Games are an impressive show of talent, skill, and physical empowerment. The international, multi-sport event involves athletes with a range of what are classified as physical disabilities.
There are Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, which since the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, are held almost immediately following the respective Olympic Games. All Paralympic Games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
Yoga for Amputees
Adding regular yoga sessions to your life after the loss of a limb will not only allow you stay physically fit but countless, positive mental effects will also become apparent. Positive side effects include pain relief, stress reduction, confidence improvement, grief reduction, and much more. Other types of exercise always come with the threat of injury, especially during the early stages of physical therapy. In contrast, yoga will ease every patient back into an active lifestyle and is one of the best ways to get any amputee back on their feet.
Don't hold back!
There are thousands of different success stories featuring all kinds of different amputees. From record-breaking athletes, to powerful business owners, to aspiring superheroes, and everything in-between, anyone can defy the odds. A positive attitude is something that is not easily achieved by someone dealing with the loss of a limb, but it is a vital part of creating every inspiring story. Little Jordan Reeves was able to become a superhero and create a memory that will stay with her for the rest of her life as she continues to persevere through the hardships that will come her way as an amputee. In the link provided below, there are many more examples of inspiring amputees that, like Jordan, kept a positive attitude and showed the will to succeed.
Be sure to stay in contact with your prosthetic specialist and ask them about more of the potential mental and physical health benefits that could come with regular yoga sessions. Kenney Orthopedics is honored to be a part of this population and is host to several orthopedic specialists that are here to help every patient with any questions or concerns that might come up involving prosthetic limbs.
The highly qualified staff of Kenney Orthopedics will select, design, and fabricate the appropriate prostheses, prosthetic limb or device, or orthosis to fit your specific lifestyle and needs after your amputation. Visit us in Louisville or Lexington Kentucky, or at one of our other locations in Kentucky (KY) or Indiana (IN). We can help you get moving again with a prosthesis designed for you after your amputation!