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I am a below knee amputee using prosthesis. Some time my back portion of stump starts burning and on further use of prothesis it develope to blister.

I am a below knee amputee using prosthesis. Some time my back portion of stump starts burning and on further use of prothesis it develope to blister.

Prosthetic fit: These are common signs of an ill fitting prosthesis. The residual limb after an amputation often changes shape and the prosthetic socket needs to be modified or replaced.. Contact your prosthetist or physical rehabilitation physician for evaluation. Once the possibility of an ill fitting prosthesis is determined your physician can investigate other possible causes. ...Read more

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I am a below the knee amputee and recently I have been dealing with lower back pain when sitting for extended periods could they be related?

I am a below the knee amputee and recently I have been dealing with lower back pain when sitting for extended periods could they be related?

Could be: The difference length in other parts of the limb may occur over time. (difference in thigh muscle girth) This might lead to a bit of a pelvic tilt and eventual unequal weight distribution on the articular elements in the lumbar spine. Plin films of the LS spine can reveal facet joint disease for example. Your therapist need to be made aware of any bone remodeling to adjust your therapy over time. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try and determine cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
Daily
See a doctor
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How do double feet amputees get around?

How do double feet amputees get around?

Prosthesis: Depending on the level of the amputation a shoe insert or full foot prosthesis is necessary. Patients usually do very well and are able to ambulate after training on how to use the prosthesis (provided by specialized physical therapists). ...Read more

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Can someone with a double below the knee amputation walk again?

Can someone with a double below the knee amputation walk again?

Yes: This takes a great deal of rehabilitation. A lot depends on the preoperative cardiac and pulmonary function. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Strengthen muscles around the joint
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Use a brace for activity when needed
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Eat a healthy diet and take vitamins
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How soon can I expect to drive after a double knee replacement ?

How soon can I expect to drive after a double knee replacement ?

As soon as your: Orthopoedist and physiotherapist are able to determine that you are physically capable to drive without putting you or others at risk. ...Read more

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How long is a person typically immobile after getting a double knee replacement?

How long is a person typically immobile after getting a double knee replacement?

1 day: We typically have patients walk the day after bilateral total knee replacement. They usually use a walker for 3-5 weeks and then a cane for 3-5 weeks. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Avoid hard soled footwear
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Exercise the knees while sitting
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Climb stairs gently
every 4 hours
Perform thigh-strengthening exercises
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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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