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5 Ways to Make Sure Your Prosthesis Is Not Holding You Back

The keys to a successful relationship with any prosthesis are achieving and maintaining a good fit. Whether matching a particular hobby or keeping up with necessary repairs, there are many factors to maintaining a good fit, but finding the right balance is crucial to avoid feeling like your prosthesis is holding you back.5 Ways to Make Sure Your Prosthesis Is Not Holding You Back

  1. Ensure Your Prosthesis Fits Optimally

This is typically step one, because without optimal fit to begin with, you’re definitely being limited by your prosthesis. There are numerous signs of poor fit and just as many areas to adjust and tweak to alleviate any symptoms and ensure you’re enjoying the kind of mobility that comes from a prosthesis that fits optimally.

  1. Make Sure Your Prosthesis Is Properly Designed for Your Desired Activity

Once you’re settled in to your prosthesis, you may find an increasing attraction to old hobbies or even new ones. Things like running, dancing, or golf aren’t beyond your abilities, but they do require specialized equipment. The type and amount of forces exerted during the average round of golf differ significantly from those exerted during a marathon. The prostheses required to handle these forces and allow you to perform to your peak ability aren’t any less different. It is essential that you not attempt to “make do” with a prosthesis that isn’t designed to cope with the forces exerted on your body by any given activity in order to avoid damage to your prosthesis or serious injury to your body.

  1. Don’t Rush Into Anything

Patience is the name of the game when it comes to any prosthesis. Chances are dialing in the fit will require a number of adjustments. The trick is not trying to skip a step, but rather allow the process to happen at its own pace. It may not go as quickly as you want, but you will certainly come out of it with a better relationship with your prosthesis.

  1. Keep Up With Any Maintenance or Repairs Required By Your Prosthesis

Once everything is dialed in and you’re enjoying the perks of optimal fit, don’t neglect the ongoing maintenance required by your prosthesis. This will ensure you get the maximum amount of life out of your prosthetic limb and will allow you to keep everything operating smoothly. If anything breaks, get it repaired or replaced as soon as is practical; you don’t want a minor inconvenience to turn into permanent injury.

  1. Visit a Qualified Prosthetist Regularly

The best way to ensure you achieve and maintain optimal fit, regardless of desired activity level, is to regularly visit your prosthetist. From simple adjustments to building complex prostheses for various activities, a qualified prosthetist, like Carey Bunch, CPO/L at Premier Prosthetic Center, can help you get where you want to be and keep your prosthesis in tiptop shape.

Whether you’re facing amputation, struggling with a poorly fitting prosthesis, or anywhere in between, give Premier Prosthetic Center a call at (865) 474-7096 or schedule a free consultation online to discuss how our comprehensive care can make sure your prosthesis isn’t holding you back.

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