Experiencing Prosthetic Leg Pain? What to Do if it Hurts
By Georgia Prosthetics
Have you been fitted for a prosthetic leg and are experiencing pain in or around the area of your prosthesis? It doesn’t have to be this way! At Georgia Prosthetics, we want to ensure that any pain connected to your prosthetic is remedied with a solution.
In this article, we are going to examine a few of the reasons you may be experiencing pain in your prosthesis and what you can do about it.
1. The prosthesis doesn’t fit properly and is hurting me!
Let’s be clear: You should never have to experience pain because your prosthesis does not fit correctly. At Georgia Prosthetics, we match you with the prosthesis that is a perfect fit for you. Whether you need a leg prosthesis to perform basic daily activities, or are an athlete and don’t want losing a leg to hold you back, we can help! You shouldn’t suffer through pain associated with your prosthesis. With open communication between you and a member of the Georgia Prosthetics team, we can ensure that your fit matches comfort.
If your pain is due to your prosthesis not fitting properly, then we encourage you to contact our Atlanta office immediately. We can identity the issue that is causing you pain and we can work together to ensure that this pain is not something you have to live with.
2. Residual limb pain
Residual limb pain is when the area around your prosthesis hurts, due to limb shrinkage. This has an effect on how your prosthesis fits and can cause a prosthetic leg that once fit very well to start causing you pain and trouble.
Typically, the temporary solution is to wear a thicker sock, which can ease the pain and, as a result, restore the limb back to the size it was when you were originally fitted for your prosthetic leg. This, of course, is not a permanent solution, as you will need to visit a prosthetics provider who can adjust your device and help correct the issue.
At Georgia Prosthetics, we have experience to match our years and we are happy to care for our patients with the goal of increasing mobility and decreasing any discomfort or pain.
3. Phantom limb pain
Phantom limb pain generally subsides in the weeks and months following your amputation. However, for some individuals these pains can exist for years. This type of pain can be incredibly discouraging and frustrating for those that undergone an amputation surgery.
Unfortunately, this is not a condition that is easily treatable, as the nerve endings at the site of amputation basically “trick” the brain into thinking the limb is still there. Physical therapy, heat therapy, and relaxation techniques are typically used to help alleviate the pain associated with phantom limb pain. In severe cases, surgery may be recommended.
So what should I do?
If you believe that pain connected to a prosthesis is something that you simply have to live with, you’re wrong. Georgia Prosthetics is committed to journeying with you to identify a solution that alleviates the discomfort that you have been dealing with.
Our team is made up of compassionate and seasoned professionals that have worked with clients for decades. While we have seen it all, we know that your situation and experience is unique. We will take the time to get to know your situation and treat you like family. No question or concern is off limits and we will help you find relief in your prosthesis.
If you are experiencing pain related to your amputation or leg prosthesis, then we encourage you to contact us and schedule your appointment for a consultation. Our Atlanta office can help you find the treatment that you need, so give us a call, or contact us here today!
Posted by Georgia Prosthetics
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