Undergoing amputation is a difficult process. If you recently lost a limb, you will spend some time in a difficult place emotionally, mentally and physically.
However, there is hope, and it does get better. Today, we’re going to talk about how you can adapt to the “new you” as a recent amputee:
As a new amputee, you’re no doubt counting down the days until you get to try on your prosthesis for the first time. And for good reason! Receiving a new arm or leg is exciting, as is the prospect of becoming more mobile.
However, we tend to see the same misconceptions crop up among new amputees regarding their first prosthesis. A few of them include:
Kelly Hefferan has worked as a certified prosthetist for Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions for two years now. She enjoys her current role as a clinician and is looking forward to obtaining her second credential as an orthotist.
Rick Babcock has worked as an orthotic clinical specialist with Bulow O&P for almost 4 years. He jokes that if he could switch jobs with anyone else at Bulow, it would be Brad Gardner, “so I could know all the secrets and rule the company with an iron fist!”
As a new amputee, you’ve probably received pamphlets on subjects ranging from phantom limb pain to what kind of prostheses are available to support groups. There are a few things, however, that these pamphlets don’t tell you that can set you up for greater success as an amputee. Here are a few:
With the Winter Olympics getting underway in PyeongChang, here are the stories of three Paralympic athletes who defied the odds, turning their disability into their greatest strength.
Helping your child cope with the loss of a limb, both inside and outside of school, is an important factor in the overall healing process. Here are some ways you can help not only your child but also yourself.
This month, Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions says good-bye to one of our Certified Orthotists as he enters retirement! Bob Corbett has worked with Bulow for four years. Before that, he worked for two decades with Applied Orthotics, which was acquired by Bulow.
There are some days when you wake up and it’s just miserable to put on your prosthesis. It doesn’t want to fit right or it’s itchy or it pinches horribly.
There are a few things you can do to prevent an uncomfortable prosthesis fit, including:
Herman Green, a Certified Technician and a Certified Prosthetic Assistant, has worked for Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions for five years, although he’s been in the industry for the past 24 years.
While there are plenty of places where you can buy an off-the-shelf brace, there are certain conditions that require a specific customization in order for you to fully recover. Here are a few of the more common ones that we tend to treat at Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions:
Payson recently joined Bulow after a nine year stint with Hanger in Cincinnati, Ohio where he was a clinic manager and primary orthotist for the scoliosis clinic at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. He is a former business owner and the current Vice President of the Ohio Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.
Whether you are currently living with diabetes or have a loved one who is diagnosed, it’s important to know the risks. While living with diabetes can be manageable, those who have the condition need to be aware of their feet and the serious problems that can occur. That’s why we offer these statistics about diabetes and amputation.
As an amputee, it’s important that you maintain a healthy relationship with your skin, especially on your residual limb. An infection can prevent you from wearing your prosthesis and interrupt the active lifestyle you’ve worked to maintain
Matt Bulow, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Bulow Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions, has been here since Day One.
“It is amazing to me that we are already in the 12th year of the life of our Company,” he said.
Scott Moore has been with Bulow Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions for 11 years, and was one of our first employees! He is both a prosthetist and a physical therapist assistant, and would not trade his place with anyone else in the clinic.
You always have the right to call your prosthetist if something feels wrong, so never be afraid to ask even the simplest of questions! Here is a list of the most common times you should call your prosthetist.
For the past 4 years, Prentiss Barksdale has worked at Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions as a prosthetic tech—and he wouldn’t trade places with anyone.
“I love the creativity that goes along with the job,” he said. “I am inspired by each one of my fellow co-workers in how they use their gifts to take their job responsibilities to the next level. To me that’s the joy in being at the ‘Low.’”
It’s never easy to adjust to life as an amputee. Even with a phenomenal health care team and an army of friends and family to support you, you will still be faced with many challenges, struggles and questions as you start your journey.