Amputee Education – General Health Care
General Health Care
All amputees have differing recovery times, depending on the reason for amputation, level of amputation, unknown factors and possible complications. Leaving hospital and entering rehabilitation is the first major step to recovery.
Regardless of the reasons for your limb loss it is important to remember that you are recovering from a traumatic event. The importance of maintaining health and minimising preventable problems is essential.
For many amputees weight gain issues can pose a problem due to the reduction of physical activity. Various recreational, sporting and fitness activities and a healthy diet can assist you to stay active and maintain a regular body weight. A healthy body will support your overall condition – mentally, physically and emotionally. However, it is important that you discuss any exercise plans with your physiotherapist before embarking on them. If you have concerns about your weight speak to your medical provider for advice.