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What Can Cause the Loss of a Limb?
In Canada, there are approximately 200,000 amputees. The three most common causes of limb loss are from disease, accident and congenital limb difference. Statistically, the most frequent limb loss is the loss of a portion of the foot and leg, either transtibial (below the knee) or transfemoral (above the knee). Below we will delve into these three common causes of limb loss.
LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE WITH LIMB LOSS
Typically, right after the loss of your limb, your journey to rehabilitation starts. Limb loss causes many changes in your life, both negative and positive. It is essential to use the positive and correct the negative the best you can. With so many changes it is vital to surround yourself with a team of professionals you are comfortable with and will help you to reach your goals.
Travelling with an Amputation
With the cold weather settling in a lot of people are planning a winter getaway. Whether it be to visit family or get a break from the cold weather on a beach it takes planning. When you are an amputee it may take a little extra planning, but we are here to help you arrange a holiday that is as stress-free as possible.
As you are planning your trip, ...read more
Winter With An Amputation
Winter is a season that is going to come, it is unavoidable and it can be tricky to navigate through the cold and snowy months. It is important to stay safe and think ahead as the snow settles in. If you are an amputee, especially a lower limb amputee, there are some dangers you will have to watch out for.
Falling or tripping is always a hazard for a...read more
PARENTING THE CHILD AMPUTEE – A NEW JOURNEY FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD
In the beginning, becoming a parent of a child amputee can often feel overwhelming, frightening, and intimidating. You, and your child, are beginning a new journey together, but you are not alone. Many other families have walked this road before you, and with their past experiences, and the right resources, you can receive the support you need to help your child flourish and thrive.
Phantom Limb Pain – You are not alone
Phantom limb pain, after an amputation, is a common side effect. If you experience this, you are not alone. Approximately 70% of amputees encounter phantom limb pain in the first six months of their amputation, although it can begin at anytime. It is most commonly found with arm and leg amputations but can appear with any amputation.
Phantom limb pain, the ongoing painful sensations, can be felt differently for everyone and can include cramps, shooting pains or pins and nee...read more
A Team to Help You on Your Journey
There can be several different reasons for an amputation to happen to an individual. They vary from an accident and emergency surgery to a planned surgery because of poor blood circulation, diabetes or cancer.
You might be left with several questions when you get the news that you have had to have an emergency amputation or that you need to prepare for an amputation. Here we will explore the team around you and what role they will p...read more