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How to choose the right Prosthetic?

November 29, 2018

How can you choose the right Prosthetic?

 

        Finding the best prosthetic is very important if you want to protect your residual limbs in the long run. Used adequately, a prosthetic can help increase your mobility, and it also keeps your limbs safe in the long run. There are lots of factors you must focus on when you choose a new prosthesis. Here are some of the things you need to consider.

 

 

The amputation level and location:

 

        If most of your limb is severed, that means you will need a very complex prosthetic. On the other hand, if only a small part of the limb is removed via amputation, then acquiring a prosthetic is a lot easier to install and less expensive. The amputation location and level will determine the type of prosthetic you need to purchase.

 

 

What’s the condition of your remaining limb?

 

       When you have a healthy limb, it’s safe to say that you won’t need a very complex prosthetic. But if you can barely rely on the residual limb, then that can be a problem. That’s why this is one of the most important things to focus on when you want to improve the condition of your remaining limb.

 

 

Activity levels:

 

       Finding a good prosthetic requires you to think about the activity levels that you want to put your limb through. You don’t want to use a low-quality prosthetic that won’t fit well if you plan on performing lots of athletic activities. Your primary focus must be on your well being, and once you do that the results can be very impressive.

 

 

Your own needs:

 

      While all the aforementioned situations matter, you also must take into consideration your own needs and goals. Every person completes different tasks during the day, so using a good prosthetic will help you out in the long-term. You need to take your time finding the right model to ensure maximum success, but it’s well worth the effort. 

 

      Every prosthetic is designed and then created by a prosthetist that will measure the stump and the healthy limb, and then will create a mold from plaster. The next step involves fashioning the socket, adding the shaft and aligning the prosthetic.

 

     

 

The best thing that you can do is to choose the right prosthetic and maintain it the best way that you can. You will also have to go through therapy to ensure that everything is working well. It’s a crucial aspect to keep in mind, and that’s what you always need to focus on. But rest assured that finding the right prosthetic(s) will help you regain your mobility and boost your confidence!

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