Our life care plans consider the unique needs of individuals who have had one or more limb amputations.
When developing a life care plan after an amputation, we consider whether the procedure was needed due to a medical condition, or trauma. In the immediate post-amputation period, rehabilitation is critical to teach ambulation in the case of a lower limb amputation, or functional upper extremity skills for an upper limb amputation. Post-amputation rehabilitation includes exercises to improve conditioning and balance as well as flexibility and strength in order to help patients tolerate the prosthesis. Residual limb (stump) conditioning promotes shrinking that must occur before a prosthesis can be used. A temporary prosthesis will enable the individual to be active, accelerate shrinkage, prevent contracture, and reduce the likelihood of phantom limb pain. A permanent prosthesis should be lightweight and designed to meet the needs and safety requirements of each individual.