Recovery from Leg Amputation: Taking it One Day at a Time
The loss of a leg in a motor vehicle accident can have a significant impact on your life. It can affect your ability to work and enjoy the activities you did prior to your accident. It can also impact your finances, and the lifetime cost of medical care, physical therapy, and prosthetics can exceed $500,000. It is common to feel overwhelmed when a leg is amputated, but taking things one day at a time can help you recover and return to the same lifestyle you had before your wreck.
Choosing Your New Leg
There are two types of leg prosthesis. There are transtibial prosthetics for below knee amputations, and transfemoral limbs for amputations that involve either the lower or upper leg. These can be made of everything from fiberglass to carbon fiber depending on your preference. Most prosthetic legs will allow you to walk and stand normally. If you want to be more active, you will want to select a carbon fiber running prosthetic.
Physical therapy can help you stretch and strengthen your hips and knees. It's crucial because as you heal, your muscles will contract and you want to minimize this as much as possible. Your physican and physical therapist will teach you how to put the prosthesis on, take it off, walk with, and care for the device.
Your physical therapy regimen will include standing and balancing exercises that will get gradually harder with time. As your strength and balance improves, you will focus on building your endurance. With each day you will become stronger.
Repairing and Replacing Your Prosthetic Leg
At a cost of between $5,000 and $50,000, you will want to take care of your new leg. The costs are higher for myoeletric or bionic limbs. Even with careful care, you should expect to replace your leg every 3-5 years. If you're young and your body is still growing, you can expect to do this at the lower end of that range, and maybe even sooner.
We invite you to contact The Welmaker Law Firm at (800) 494-1916 for more information about recovery following an amputating injury. It is our pleasure to help you prepare for the recovery process and to secure the compensation you need to cover the cost of therapy and prosthetic devices.