Priority To-Do List

6 Things To Prioritize After Losing A Limb

Losing a limb can be a life-altering experience, but it doesn’t have to derail your pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. In fact, the PBO Group clients we serve that prioritize their well-being post-amputation see huge paybacks in terms of their physical health and mental and emotional resilience. Whether you’re a recent amputee or have been living with limb loss for years, here are six things to add to your to-do list that can help you thrive in your new reality.

1. Stay Active with Adaptive Exercise

Physical activity remains integral to overall health after amputation. Adaptive exercises tailored to your abilities and goals can help you build strength, improve mobility, and boost confidence. Consider activities like swimming, cycling, wheelchair sports, or yoga, which can be adapted to accommodate different levels of mobility. Ask your PBO Group Clinician for recommendations for facilities offering adaptive exercise programs in your area, like Brock University’s Functional Inclusive Training Centre.

2. Fuel Your Body For Optimum Performance

Eating a balanced diet is essential for supporting your body’s healing process and maintaining overall health. Focus on incorporating nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains into your meals. If you’re adjusting to dietary changes post-amputation, consider consulting with a registered dietitian for personalized guidance and support.

3. Manage Phantom Limb Pain

Phantom limb pain, a common phenomenon where those who have lost a limb experience sensations or discomfort in the missing limb, can significantly impact daily life. Exploring various pain management techniques such as medication, physical therapy, acupuncture, or mindfulness practices may help alleviate symptoms. Your PBO Group Clinician is always happy to share insights and discuss coping strategies with you.

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4. Embrace Assistive Devices and Technology

Advancements in prosthetics and assistive technology have opened up new possibilities for amputees to engage in activities they love. Whether it’s a state-of-the-art prosthetic limb, adaptive equipment for sports, or smartphone apps for tracking health metrics, leveraging these tools can really enhance independence and quality of life. PBO Group’s talented technicians are masters at developing assistive devices to reflect our client’s unique needs, like customized skates, gardening tools and cutlery!

5. Make Time To Focus on Your Mental Health

Adjusting to life after amputation involves navigating complex emotions and adapting to new challenges. It’s essential to prioritize your mental health and seek support when needed. Therapy, counselling, or joining peer support groups can provide a safe space to process feelings, share experiences, and learn coping strategies. Taking time for self-care activities that bring you joy and relaxation is also crucial for maintaining overall well-being.

6. Stay Informed and Connected

Knowledge is power when it comes to managing life after amputation. Stay informed about advancements in prosthetics, rehabilitation techniques, and community resources available to those living with limb loss. Our PBO Group blog, and Facebook and Instagram pages are a great place to start!

Every day, we see inspiring clients in our PBO Group clinics who are living fulfilling and healthy lives after amputation. By prioritizing physical activity, nutrition, pain management, assistive technology, mental health, and staying connected with the limb loss community, they are navigating their challenges with resilience and optimism.

Remember, you’re not alone on this journey. Be sure to talk with your PBO Group Clinician if you’d like to connect with some organizations or individuals for guidance, encouragement, and solidarity along the way.

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