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Fairfield Teen  Survives I-80 Crash

I’m Ed Smith, a Fairfield car accident lawyer. A North Bay teenager is still in the process of recovery nearly a month after she was traumatically injured in a car crash on highway Interstate I-80 during a rainstorm. After spending weeks in the hospital, she was recently released to go home.

Honda Walking Assist Device

I’d like to talk to you today about the Honda Walking Assist Device and how this robotic product is helping many folks move from total disability to life-changing mobility. This is great news for those who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to a serious accident.

phantomThere is often residual pain after surgical amputation.  Some of the most common reasons for an amputation are: trauma, such as vehicle accidents or combat injuries, and complications from diabetes or vascular disease.  In most cases involving non-amputation surgery, patients have some post-surgical pain which is a normal part of the healing process.  The pain usually lessens as tissues repair themselves.  In cases of surgical amputation, however, the decrease of pain may not be the case.  Certainly there is the typical reduction in acute post-surgical pain, but amputees often continue to experience lingering sensations.  Those sensations may be painful, but they aren’t always.  Some patients simply describe the sensations as annoying and strange.

There are different types of sensations reported by amputees.  Each may be treated in a different manner.  It is important for a patient to describe the sensations to his or her doctor in order to get the most beneficial medication or therapy.

Graidsamputering

Post amputation of a limb,  the human brain may create a neuromatrix.  This neuromatrix  in the brain can  cause the person who lost their limb to experience ‘phantom limbs.’ Like the movie franchised Matrix films, the brain is only perceiving the ‘phantom limb’ and/or any  pain and sensations they believe to be coming from where their lost limb was.

 This phenomena is still not completely understood. Nonetheless, it is real and is evidenced in hundreds of thousands of amputees.

Support groups have flourished over the years including for limb loss injury victims. Support groups provide many benefits for individuals and have become an integral part of rehabilitation for many people coping with an injury including amputees. Support groups provide vital information about how to cope with a particular illness or injury and provides invaluable emotional support.

Limb loss presents a myriad of physical and emotional challenges for the amputee as well as his or her family and friends.  A support group provides a compassionate setting for members to share what he or she is going through with others in a similar situation. Finding a support group in the area you live is the first step in getting the support you need.  According to the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) there are approximately 260 support groups for amputees across the United States. Information and a member directory can be found here.