Under certain circumstances it may be necessary to amputate a patient’s limb. Amputations are only done when necessary to prevent further damage to the rest of the body. Having a good plan of action before and after an amputation procedure can significantly help reduce pain. In this article, we are going to talk about the benefits of a physical rehabilitation program after an amputation.
Amputations – When & Why Are They Necessary?
Amputation of limbs can become a necessity under certain unfortunate circumstances. So when are amputations necessary? Here are a few common situations in which a patient may need to undergo an amputation:
- Frost bite
- Foot ulcers
- Vascular disease
- Cancerous tumors
- Severe accidents and injuries
How Physical Therapy can Help after an Amputation
Adjusting to the changes brought on by an amputation can be painful and difficult. Many patients experience phantom limb pain, struggle with their new prosthetic, and have trouble completing tasks that were once routine. A skilled physical therapist can work hand-in-hand with you to develop strategic exercises that will help you adjust to your body post-amputation. Involving a physical therapist before your operation can be doubly helpful in preparing you for post-surgery life. A structured physical rehabilitation program can also help reduce post-surgical and phantom limb pain.
Minneapolis Physical Therapy
OrthoRehab Specialists is composed of Minnesota physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and other support staff with over twenty-five years of experience treating patients in the Twin Cities. Our team offers direct access to physical therapy care (which means you don’t need a prescription to make your appointment). On top of that, we also have trusted relationships with over 600 referring providers in Minnesota who routinely refer their patients to us for rehabilitation care. Whether you’re recovering from an injury, surgery, or a painful condition, physical therapy can help. Contact our Edina or Minneapolis physical therapy clinics today to set up your appointment with our team.