Adjusting to the new leg can be challenging. We inspect the lower limb for any rubbing or redness and coordinate with your prosthetist to assess for the best fit possible in order to avoid painful areas and rubbing that could insult skin integrity.
Proper walking pattern or as in physical therapy terms, "gait quality" is the primary skill to be mastered. The body wants to take all kinds of short cuts from swinging the leg around to clear the floor, to hip hiking extremes to reduce dragging the foot. Physical therapy is critical at this point in the journey in order to establish proficient gait quality.
We enhance the function of the musculoskeletal and neurological system with interventions that promote appropriate weight shifting strategies to enhance the usefulness of the prosthesis in preparation for challenging activities of all levels.
Managing the hydraulics of the artificial limb when negotiating elevated surfaces requires some practice and habituation to the dynamics of the new limb. Once mastered through repeated drills and protected training the skills are mastered; making hills out of mountains.
We are here to assist in making the transition to the new leg smooth, safe and effective. By providing services that are in the natural environment, acclimation can be maximized for the best possible outcomes.
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