Preparing For Your Prosthetic Fitting
"Pre-prosthetic management" is a fancy way of talking about getting your body ready to wear an artificial limb. Often times, prior to an amputation, the body has become weak due to infection and / or inactivity. In order to ensure the best possible outcome, the body must be prepared for the upcoming prosthetic fitting.
The first step is to be properly fitted with a prosthetic shrinker. This "device" is a compression garment that aides in limb shaping, edema control, and desensitization of your limb. The snug fit of the shrinker also aides in increasing circulation in the stump. You should massage the limb as much as possible to prevent unwanted scar tissue. Massaging the limb also aides in desensitization.
Therapy is key in regaining muscle strength and endurance prior to the fitting of your prosthetic device. Your physician, therapist, and the prosthetist will work together to determining when you are ready for your preparatory or temporary prosthesis.
Once you are ready for the temporary prosthesis, prosthetic management can begin.