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Preparing for Your Prosthesis

Losing a limb can be a life-changing event. At Premier Prosthetic Center in Knoxville, before an amputation surgery, the surgeon and prosthetist meet with the patient to discuss what happens after surgery and the plans and goals after that. Exercise Before and After Amputation Certain exercises are taught before and after amputation. They help in […]

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Exercise After Amputation

There are several reasons amputation may be done. One of the most common reasons is due to poor circulation as a result of peripheral arterial disease. Other indications for amputation include: severe injury from accidents, a serious infection that doesn’t heal with antibiotics, frostbite, cancerous tumors, or neuroma (thickening of nerve tissue). Prior to surgery, […]

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Heat Aggravation and Prostheses

Summer time is a great opportunity to be outdoors. The warmth this season brings makes it impossible to say ‘no’ to outdoor barbecue, playing sports, or trying something new outside with family or friends. Although summer is typically associated with ‘the good times’, the heat it brings can pose a challenge for some of us, […]

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Water Activities with Prostheses

Swimming as an Amputee Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise. Not only is it a good cardiovascular activity that works out major muscle groups of both the upper and lower extremities, but it is also beneficial for your overall health. Aside from strengthening the cardiovascular system, regular swimming sessions can also help […]

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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 […]

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Get Out and Get Moving!

Get Out and Get Moving with your Prosthesis! Outdoor activities provide great health benefits regardless of your age, gender, and capabilities. Aside from fresh air and enjoying nature, being outdoors provides you with many activities. It doesn’t matter whether you want to learn a new hobby or get back to an active lifestyle, outdoor recreation […]

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Premier Prosthetic Center & Amputee Associates

  Approximately 185,000 lower extremity amputations are performed every year in the United States. An estimated 2 million Americans are currently living as amputees, with the amputee population projected to double by the year 2050. Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville is proud to serve the needs of the growing amputee population using the latest innovative […]

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History of Prosthetics

Ancient Greece and Rome through the Dark Ages The earliest proof of prosthetics comes from a 3000-year old Egyptian mummy, who was found with a prosthetic toe made from wood and leather. Roman scholars describe warriors who used wood and iron to fashion artificial legs and arms. The Dark Ages saw only limited progress. The […]

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Positive Outlooks Keeps Prosthetic Patient Standing Tall

With her cheerful smile and positive personality, few who meet Katherine Sutton (who goes by “Missy”) would guess that in the past several years she’s suffered from painful, debilitating diseases that eventually claimed both her legs. Despite her difficulties, Missy has a surprisingly optimistic outlook. “I don’t take anything for granted,” smiles the Maryville woman. […]

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Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Prosthesis

A prosthesis is a medical tool used as a replacement for a missing limb or part of a limb. The use of a prosthesis is often recommended for those who have lost their limb as a result of trauma or chronic medical condition. With the right prosthesis, you can live a quality life even after […]

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