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Why reasons would make an amputee unable to wear prosthetics?

Why reasons would make an amputee unable to wear prosthetics?

Many possibilities: If the person has the increased physical energy necessary to walk with a prosthesis a good rehabilitation team that includes physical therapists, prosthetists, psychologists and physical rehabilitation physicians (physiatrists) can help the vast majority of amputees return to an active lifestyle. ...Read more

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How is rehabilitation modified for amputees with other injuries?

How is rehabilitation modified for amputees with other injuries?

Rehabilitation: A qualified ot/pt can modify a rehabilitation program to be suitable for just about any patient. The program depends on the amputation (limb and level of amputation) and the goal desired for rehabilitation of the other injuries. ...Read more

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What issues should an amputee consider shortly after amputation?

What issues should an amputee consider shortly after amputation?

Look forward: Its easy to focus on what was lost, so its important to focus on how to make the most of what one has and try to do more today than they did yesterday. ...Read more

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Would it be too much to let the amputee use their crutches on a plane?

Would it be too much to let the amputee use their crutches on a plane?

Unsure: I am not sure what your question is but airlines allow people with disabilities to use the necessary devices for ambulation. If the amputee has a prosthesis the crutches might not be necessary as the isles are narrow and the seats can serve as support . Proper technique with crutches is difficult in a plane for the same reason. Make sure you inform the airline of your needs before traveling. ...Read more

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What is the cause of phantom pain in amputees?

What is the cause of phantom pain in amputees?

Many factors: The exact cause of phantom limb pain is not completely clear. Cutting the nerves that went to the limb and later attempts by the body to heal the nerve play a role. It is also known that the area of the brain that controlled movement of the limb prior to the amputation may interpret sensation from the stump as coming from the amputated portion of the limb and that this might be painful. ...Read more

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How do double feet amputees get around?

Different ways: Depending on the level of the amputation, people could get around either in a wheelchair, with the use of crutches and special footwear, or prosthetics. ...Read more

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Can you have paraplegia and also be an amputee?

Can you have paraplegia and also be an amputee?

YES: Paraplegia is the loss of power in the lower extremities usually due to spinal cord (spastic variety) or peripheral nerve and muscle disease (flaccid type) amputee is a person who has had part or the whole of a limb removed this could be due to a variety of causes from vascular disease trauma or cancer. ...Read more

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What would prevent an amputee from wearing prosthetics?

Multiple reasons : Successful use of a prosthesis depends on many factors. Walking with a prosthesis requires more energy than usual walking so one of the most important factors is the person's ability to tolerate the increased physical effort. When the body can tolerate the activity, a good rehabilitation team (physical therapists, prosthetists, psychologists and rehab physicians) is crucial for success. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an amputee to receive prosthetic?

About 6 weeks: After the amputation is healed a prosthetic leg is usually fabricated in 6-8 weeks. Every prosthetic is custom and several fittings are required before the final product is received. ...Read more

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Do people who get sex changes ever get phantom pain, like amputees do?

Do people who get sex changes ever get phantom pain, like amputees do?

Possible : Phantom genitalia has been reported in the medical literature. This is usually phantom sensation (feeling of an amputated area being present but not painful). It is much less common to have phantom pain if the area was not painful prior to the procedure. ...Read more

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What causes phantom limb syndrome in non-amputees?

What causes phantom limb syndrome in non-amputees?

Hmmmm: Phantom limb pain is very specific: it is pain in a part of your body that no longer exists. If, for instance you're feeling pain in your arm, but there's no reason to feel pain there, that may be described as neuropathic pain. In other words pain caused by damage to nerves for whatever reason. Commonly however people feel pain without damage all the time. You need to talk to your doctor about t. ...Read more

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What causes phantom limb syndrome in non amputees?

Not possible: Phantom limb pain is by definition pain felt in an amputated limb (for example a person has a left foot amputation but feels pain in the heel of the foot that is not present anymore). ...Read more

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Can a quad amputee woman give birth?

Can a quad amputee woman give birth?

Yes: But caring for an infant would be incredibly difficult. ...Read more

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76 year old mum battling with an itching upper back. She's a double amputee.

76 year old mum  battling with an itching upper back. She's a double amputee.

Notalgia paresthetic: This may be nostalgia paresthetica. The cause for this is not completely understood but several treatments are available. Some over the counter treatments can be helpful including cortisone creams or capsaicin cream. The capsaicin cream may cause a burning sensation. Consult with her physician to evaluate for other possible causes and to make sure that the her medications do not interact. ...Read more

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If the femoral artery is cut will one become an amputee or die?

If the femoral artery is cut will one become an amputee or die?

Possibly: The femoral artery is the main conduit to the leg. If acutely cut and not controlled one can quickly bleed enough to die, yes. If it's tied off or acutely clotted it would kill the leg if unattended. Now, a tiny nick could stop with direct pressure but a cut or injury of any size ,at all, is a major injury. Good luck. ...Read more

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I need something for pain and depression.I've been a double amputee since January, 2015. Still don'T have prose this and haven'T started physical thearapy. I need anti depressants?

Please discuss: These issues with your doctors as soon as possible. Depression warrants treatment, pain may worsen the symptoms, and vice versa. If you’re suffering with depression, you may require meds, therapy (individual, group, etc), as both meds and therapy often works better than either one alone. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to prolong life expectancy in diabetic kidney transplant amputee?

How to prolong life expectancy in diabetic kidney transplant amputee?

Life for an amputee: The patient needs to be evaluated for arterial disease of his heart and brain. Peripheral artery disease (pad) is found system wide, not only in the legs. He should be scheduled for a stress echocardiogram to see if he has ischemic disease of his coronary arteries, if positive, angiography of his coronary vessels needs to be done. He also needs a carotid artery scan to see if he has disease there. ...Read more

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When should I start therapy for an upper limb amputee?

Right away: Pt should not be delayed. As soon as you had your amputation performed, physical therapy should commence right away, barring no complications after surgery or contraindications to physical therapy. Pt therapist will ensure your ability to participate in pt and will provide you with guided approach on it. ...Read more

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3 yr old amputee having problems sleeping due to stump keeping her awake?

3 yr old amputee having problems sleeping due to stump keeping her awake?

Phantom pain : Phantom limb pain can disrupt sleep but most improve over a few months. If her's isn't check with your MD for treatment options - anywhere from massage therapy, TENs units to scramble nerve signals, physical therapy, biofeedback treatment to occasionally medications. Sometimes a second surgery to reduce scar tissue irritating area may be necessary. ...Read more

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