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The long-lasting effects of amputation

A person’s life is permanently changed when an accident results in the loss of a limb. Amputation can affect a person’s life in several different ways.

Many people lose limbs because of some type of trauma. Johns Hopkins says that injuries usually result in 75% of cases in which people lose an upper limb. Depending on the kind of amputation that people need, some people may become disabled after an accident. They may lose their ability to perform daily tasks and move independently.

Physical impact

People typically require extensive rehabilitation after amputation. They may need to regain some of their motor skills and learn how to control what remains of their limb. If people receive a prosthetic, they need to learn how to work with this limb. Additionally, people may need to re-learn how to perform basic daily tasks, such as brushing their hair and bathing.

Psychological impact

Amputation can also affect a person’s mental health. According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, some amputees may experience post-traumatic stress disorder. Some people may also develop depression and may not feel motivated to finish their physical rehabilitation. They may also lose interest in the activities they usually enjoy. Because people need more help with daily tasks, they may feel helpless and like they are a burden to their families.

Additionally, people may experience emotional changes. They may feel mad about the situation and mourn the loss of their limb. Some people may also develop problems with their body image. Additionally, people may experience phantom pains.

As people adjust to their new limbs and learn how to move independently, they may be able to regain some of their quality of life.