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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.

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Finding Life’s Purpose After Catastrophic Injury
Finding Life’s Purpose After Catastrophic Injury

If you are reading this, you or someone you know may have suffered a traumatic and/or catastrophic injury.

We hope you will find courage and inspiration as you read about Stephanie Decker in the story and video link that follows.

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It is not uncommon for those involved in a traumatic event to experience an array of emotional reactions. Working in a personal injury law firm, I meet people who have lost movement in their limbs, lost their limbs, experience disfigurement, suffer brain injury and some clients have to deal with the  loss of a loved one due to a life altering event.  Additionally, if a person was relatively healthy but then must deal with chronic pain for the rest of their life, emotional trauma can follow.

Emotional trauma manifests itself differently in people.  Some symptoms of emotional trauma may include:

  • Feeling disconnected from your loved ones and friends

ziplineA clear blue sky, a beautiful mountain or body of water – as Spring Break 2015 descends upon us, thoughts turn to outdoor fun – such as zip lining – which is a fun outdoor activity that while mostly safe, has inherent dangers as well.

A zip-line is a pulley attached to a cable that is often constructed of stainless steel.  The line is mounted on an incline and designed to have gravity move a participant from the top of the cable to the bottom by attaching to the free-moving pulley.  While zip lines have been used historically for mountain transportation, most often they are now installed as a sort of thrill entertainment.

Zip lining companies often take root in tourist destinations such as Las Vegas or Lake Tahoe.  Many operate out of the country, in areas that cater to American tourists, such as Cancun, Mexico.  Many injuries have occurred out of the country, however a fair number of American zip lining outfits have resulted in user injuries as well.

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.

Most members of support groups for amputees are women and medical professionals such as physicians, physical therapists and prosthetists also attend.

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