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Does Your Prosthesis Fit Properly?

There are a variety of reasons why a person can lose a part or all of their arm or leg. It can be due to circulation problems, traumatic injuries, health conditions, birth defects, or cancer.

An artificial limb (also called a prosthesis) can help a person who has lost their arm or leg participate in their regular daily activities, like eating, walking, and dressing. Advancements in medical technologies have made it possible to have artificial limbs that can help a person function nearly as well as they did before an amputation.

Poor-Fitting Prosthesis

Proper fit is important when it comes to a successful prosthesis. A poor-fitting prosthesis can lead to a myriad of problems, including pain and discomfort. It can also cause damage to other parts of the body and frustration to the wearer.

During the prosthetic fit process, it’s normal for a patient to come back for multiple adjustments. Usually, it takes several tweaks on the device to ensure that it is fitting properly. It’s also important to note that there’s a learning curve involved when wearing the prosthesis for the first time. So, it may take a while to tell if it’s a good fit or not.

There are several factors to consider that can affect the fit of a prosthesis. These include losing or gaining of weight and the wearing out of the socket. The socket is the part of the prosthesis that is attached to the residual limb.

Ensuring Proper Fit

One would know that the prosthesis fits really well because it should be easier to use and more comfortable to wear. The process may involve several visits to the prosthetists but it is worth it to ensure the right fit and suitability to the person’s needs.

At Premier Surgical Prosthetic Center in Knoxville, our prosthetist designs a prosthesis specifically to fit each patient’s individual needs and residual limb. Our team works through the careful process to ensure maximum fit and comfort. The care goes beyond the design of the prosthesis, as the team works to teach amputees how to use the device properly in order to minimize pain and maximize use.  For a free consultation call Premier Surgical Prosthetic Center today at 865-474-7096.

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