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“The Best Thing in the World”

Volume 19 · Issue 4 · July/August 2009 - by Scott McNutt - Comedies are 20-year-old Jaymie Kraus’ favorite kind of movie. She enjoys hanging out with her boyfriend, Josh, ...continue.

‘Tips for Upper Extremity Amputees’ Video Playlist

Updated Jan 21, 2011 - View the ‘Tips for Upper Extremity Amputees’ playlist on the Amputee Coalition’s YouTube channel. ...continue.

2017 Hill Days Attendees

Published 04/19/2017. This webinar includes agenda, topics, and what you should expect at our 2017 Hill Days event. Questions? Email amplify@amputee-coalition.org. ...continue.

2017 Hill Days Webinar Part 1

Published 02/27/2017. 2017 Hill Day An overview of what to expect and how you can get involved. ...continue.

2017 Hill Days Webinar Part 2

Published 03/15/2017. Learn logistics details and how we will educate our legislators April 25/26 in Washington DC. ...continue.

A Brief History of Prosthetics

Volume 17 · Issue 7 · November/December 2007 - by Kim M. Norton - The evolution of prosthetics is a long and storied history, from its primitive beginnings to its ...continue.

A Case for Body-Powered Hooks

Published 6/2015 - by Sean McHugh - In recent years, there have been many exciting advancements in the world of upper-limb prosthetics. Much of the focus has been on developing ...continue.

A Force of Nature

Volume 15 · Issue 3 · May/June 2005 - by Bill Dupes - “Water is the softest substance in the world, yet it can penetrate granite.… Empty your mind; be ...continue.

A Lesson on Insuring Your Prosthesis

Volume 19 · Issue 6 · October 2009 - by Tammie Higginbotham - One day while sitting down with our insurance agent for our yearly coverage discussion, I happened to ...continue.

A Life Well-Occupied

Volume 19 · Issue 6 · October 2009 - by Art Heinze - Saturday, December 7, 1957, started as an ordinary day on my parents’ farm near Elrosa, Minnesota. At ...continue.

A Love That Conquers All

Volume18 · Issue 4 · May/June 2008 - by Rick Bowers - That’s what you’ll hear in Mike and Sandra Kozloski’s voices when they talk about their 7-year-old daughter, Jordan. ...continue.

A Mother’s Perspective

Volume 19 · Issue 2 · March/April 2009 - by Jennifer Peterson - I cried with joy when the ultrasound technician told me that we would be having a baby ...continue.

A New Life

Volume 18 · Issue 5 · July/August 2008 - by Rayna DuBose - I guess I never thought about what life would be like as a bilateral amputee. All my ...continue.

A Nurturing Flash: Bounce Back After a Tumble

Volume 28, Issue 2 | March/April 2018, Page 30 | by Harleen Chhabra Gupt | How do you demonstrate care and build your child’s resilience? As an amputee parent, life-altering ...continue.

A Physician’s Inside View of the Amputee World

Volume 19 · Issue 4 · July/August 2009 - by Robert D. Doty, Jr., MD, Chair of the Amputee Coalition’s Upper Limb Loss Advisory Council - I am a physician ...continue.

A Walk in the Clouds

Volume 26, Issue 4 July/August 2016 | Download PDFby Tony Phillips | photos provided by San Antonio Amputee FoundationMount Kilimanjaro rises more than 19,000 feet above Tanzania. From base to summit, ...continue.

Accessibility of Fitness Centers and Healthcare Facilities for People With Limb Differences

Created 05/2015 - Regular visits to fitness centers and healthcare facilities can help people with limb differences maintain healthy lifestyles and promote well-being. In order to access these facilities safely ...continue.

Adaptive Soccer More Than Just a Team Sport

Volume 24, Issue 3 May/June 2014 - by Amy Di Leo - “He said he closed his eyes and from the chatter on the field, the griping at the referee ...continue.

Adaptive Gardening

Jul/Aug 2010 - by Scott McNutt - Limb loss need not prevent those with metaphorical green thumbs from participating in activities they enjoy. Assistive devices and ideas for adapting equipment ...continue.

Adaptive Sports Programs

Created 02/2017 - This fact sheet focuses on nationwide, sport-specific resources that provide an overview of the adapted version of a particular sport; there may be leagues or teams located ...continue.

Advanced Exercises for People With Lower-Extremity Amputations

Senior Step – Volume 1, 2004 - by Melissa Wolff-Burke, EdD, PT, ATC, and Elizabeth Cole, PT - The previous article discussed exercises to help you maintain the range of ...continue.

Advances in Hip Disarticulation Socket Design

Volume 13 · Issue 5 · September/October 2003 - by Erik Shaffer, CP - While hip disarticulation (HD) amputees constitute only 2 percent of the amputee population, they have the ...continue.

Advocating For Your Child

Volume 1, Issue 1, 2005 - by Rick Bowers - When Steffini Vandever’s son, Jonah, was born in 1997, it brought back many painful memories. Steffini’s first daughter, Ashley, had ...continue.

Alternativas para la suspensión tibial

Actualizado en: 9/18/2008Traducido del Military in-Step 2005 : Transtibial Suspension AlternativesLa suspensión —el método por el cual la extremidad artificial se conecta al cuerpo— es uno de los aspectos más ...continue.

Am I “Handicapped”? Nursing With One Hand

Volume 19 · Issue 6 · October 2009 - by Susan Elaine Fleming, RN, MN, CNS - Many people feel that they were destined for a career in nursing. I ...continue.

AMPLIFY Yourself on Social Media

Published  08/30/2017 - Learn about the Amplify initiative and how you can be heard via social media. The webinar includes an overview and specific tips for great content for social media. ...continue.

Amputee Educational Video Series

The Amputee Coalition has produced an educational video series that will help amputees,their family members and caregivers on many different topics. These videos were created with the help of many ...continue.

Amputee Rehabilitation Series: Video #1 – The Specialist

Published 8/18/2015 - In this first video of the series, Danielle Melton, MD, director of the Amputee Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital in Houston, Texas and chair of ...continue.

Amputee Rehabilitation Series: Video #2 – Moving Forward

Published 8/18/2015 - Setting goals is an important part of the rehabilitation process following the loss of a limb. Jack Richmond, Amputee Coalition board member, talks about his rehabilitation experience ...continue.

Amputee Rehabilitation Series: Video #3 – A Community of Peers

Published 8/18/2015 - Talking with and being around other individuals with limb loss helps to normalize your experience and reassure you that a full life is possible after the loss ...continue.

Amputee Rehabilitation Series: Video #4 – The Prosthetist

Published 8/18/2015 - For many, living with limb loss involves the use of a prosthesis to walk or do everyday tasks. Sam Hale, MSOP, CPO/L, director of prosthetics at Fillauer ...continue.

Amputee Rehabilitation Series: Video #5 – Being an Amputee

Published 8/18/2015 - After the loss of a limb, many individuals experience discomfort in social settings or develop anxiety about being in public. Regaining a sense of comfort with your ...continue.

Amputee Rehabilitation Series: Video #6 – Living Life Differently

Published 8/18/2015 - Living with limb loss will require ongoing awareness and management of health and medical conditions related to the amputation of a limb. These include a range of ...continue.

Amputee Rehabilitation Video Series

Published 6/2015 - This video series is designed to help patients during the recovery and rehabilitation process following the amputation of a limb. Each video highlights an important part of ...continue.

Amputees’ Balance – Getting Started: The Ball-Rolling Exercise

Published 7/13/2015 - Struggling with balance and mobility? In this video, Dr. Carol Miller, professor of physical therapy at the University of North Georgia, will guide you through a simple ...continue.

Amputees’ Balance – Taking It to the Next Level: The Cup-Walking Exercise

Published 7/13/2015 - It’s time to take it to the next level with your balance and mobility when using your prosthesis. Dr. Carol Miller, professor of physical therapy at the ...continue.

Amusement Park Accessibility

Created 04/2015 - Although designed for fun and excitement, a trip to an amusement park can be challenging and frustrating for someone with limb loss. Each year, the Amputee Coalition’s ...continue.

An Explanation of the Rotationplasty and Tibia Turn-Up Procedures

Volume 15 · Issue 2 · March/April 2005 - by Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP - People who have been diagnosed with cancer and are faced with the impending amputation ...continue.

An Overview of Crutches

Volume 20 · Issue 2 · March/April 2010 - by Madeleine Anderson - Everyone who has been confronted with a lower-extremity amputation has had to make decisions regarding mobility options. ...continue.

An Overview of Finger and Partial-Hand Prostheses

Volume 20 · Issue 4 · July/August 2010 - by David Rotter, CPO - Statistically, the highest numbers of amputees are finger and partial-hand amputees. Yet, until very recently, the ...continue.

An Unusual Fit

Volume 28, Issue 5 | September/October 2018, Page 40 | by Tony Phillips | Stephen Miller, a certified prosthetist and orthotist at Hanger Clinic in Savannah, Georgia, is part of ...continue.

Applying a shrinker

Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, this is part of a series of demonstrations designed to help individuals learn to manage after a lower-limb amputation. ...continue.

Aquatic Therapy is Serious Fun

Volume 18 · Issue 6 · September/October 2008 - by Elan Young - For some amputees, getting in the water is the single most important part of their rehabilitation and ...continue.

Are You Suffering in Silence? If So, It Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

Volume 16 · Issue 2 · March/April 2006 - by Terrence P. Sheehan, MD - My mother was not one to be silent. But how could she have been raising ...continue.

Arizona

Created 02/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Arkansas

Created 02/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Ask the Physiatrist

Volume 15 · Issue 5 · September/October 2005 - by Terrence P. Sheehan, MD - Physiatrists are physicians who specialize in the functional rehabilitation of people who are impaired secondary ...continue.

Ask the Physical Therapist

Volume 20 · Issue 1 · January/February 2010 - by Nicholas LaRaia, PT, DPT, NCS - Contractures are the permanent or semi-permanent restriction of movement of soft tissues due to ...continue.

Ask The Podiatrist

Volume 15 · Issue 4 · July/August 2005 - by Neil M. Scheffler, DPM, FACFAS - Podiatrists are physicians specially trained in the care of the foot and ankle, including ...continue.

Ask the Prosthetist: The Six Questions Patients Ask Over and Over

Volume 20 · Issue 2 · March/April 2010 - by Jeff Lutz, CPO - In my 26 years of practice as a prosthetist, there have been six questions patients ask ...continue.

Bacterial Warfare

Volume 18 · Issue 1 · January/February 2008 - by Élan Young - Bacteria: A Dirty Word? Even though bacteria can only be seen with the aid of powerful microscopes, ...continue.

Becoming Your Own Best Advocate

Jul/Aug 2010 - by Élan Young - Self-advocacy for any person with any medical need involves becoming informed about the medical choices available and effectively making the best choices for ...continue.

Before You Fall: Tips for Preventing Falls in the Home

Senior Step – Volume 1, 2004 - Your home may be your haven, your castle, and your favorite place in the world. It can also be safe for you after ...continue.

Before Your Amputation: Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

Last Updated 07/2012 - Talking with your surgeon prior to amputation is important. You should meet your surgeon, feel confident in his or her abilities, and have all of your ...continue.

Being a Proactive Patient

Volume 15 · Issue 6 · November/December 2005 - by Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP - Many situations require us to decide what we want and then figure out how ...continue.

Bilateral Upper-Limb-Loss Rehabilitation

Volume 21, Issue 1 January/February 2011 - by Shawn Swanson Johnson, OTR/L - Upper-limb loss is a rare occurrence. Consider this fact: for every incident of upper-limb amputation, there are ...continue.

Body Mechanics

Volume 19 · Issue 6 · October 2009 - This article was excerpted from The Comfort of Home: A Complete Guide for Caregiver - Body mechanics involves standing and moving ...continue.

California

Created 05/2015 - In 2012, hospitals in California reported a total of 14,008 amputations. This Fact Sheet describes the incidence and trends of amputation in California, and the demographics of ...continue.

Can We Prevent Most Amputations? The Amputee Coalition says “Yes!”

Volume 20 · Issue 1 · January/February 2010 - by Scott McNutt - The mission of the Amputee Coalition is to reach out to and empower people affected by limb ...continue.

Capacidad de liderazgo Cómo obtener y mantener el control

Volumen 4 • Número 1 • February 2003Traducido del Communicator – Leadership Skills: How To Get And Keep Control How To Get And Keep Controlpor Dick MooneyUsted es el líder ...continue.

Cardiovascular Exercise For Amputees

Volume 23, Issue 5 September/October 2013 - by Cindy Asch-Martin - Cardiovascular exercise still seems to be a dreaded activity for many people; however, its benefits include strengthening your heart, ...continue.

Caregivers Can Make a Difference

Volume 21, Issue 6 November/December 2011 - by John Peter Seaman, CP, CTP - As a caregiver to a new amputee, you should not underestimate the value you can provide ...continue.

Caring for the Caregiver

Published 05/18/2016 - Presented by Deb Velez, R.N., M.N., G.N.P.-BC, - Pave (Prevention of Amputation in Veteran’s Everywhere) Coordinator VA San Diego Healthcare System and Amputee Coalition SciMAC member This ...continue.

Challenges and Rewards of Caregiving

Volume 20, Issue 2 March/April 2010 - by Scott McNutt - In addition to her regular job, Joann, a 48-year-old Californian, figures she spends 20 hours a week helping her ...continue.

Charcot Neuropathic Arthropathy

Volume 12 · Issue 1 · January/February 2002 - by Mihir M. Jani, MD, and Jeffrey E. Johnson, MD - Charcot neuropathic arthropathy is a progressive destruction of bone and ...continue.

ChooseMyPlate.gov

Published 10/6/2015 - MyPlate Illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image - a place setting for a meal. Before ...continue.

Choosing an Assisted Care Facility

Senior Step – Volume 1, 2004 - by Christina DiMartino - Senior man and woman sitting in wheelchairs reading a bookThe Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), headquartered in Fairfax, ...continue.

Choosing the Right Shoe

Volume 20 · Issue 2 ·March/April 2010 - by Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed - Choosing the right shoe; what could be easier? Often, the decision depends more on your ...continue.

Climber Aims to Inspire AC Campers

Volume 20, Issue 3 May/June 2010 - by Scott McNutt - Rock climber Ronnie Dickson wants kids with disabilities to challenge their own ideas of what they can do – ...continue.

Colorado

Created 02/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Common Exercise Issues

Volume 24, Issue 3 May/June  2014 - by Cindy Asch-Martin - As amputees, we all share common issues with our bodies being off balance. Our hips and back hurt, and ...continue.

Communities Transformed by Individuals

Volume 19 · Issue 1 · January/February 2009 - by Élan Young - The Amputee Coalition is lucky to have its share of volunteers who are willing to support the ...continue.

Community Reintegration and Living Well with Limb Loss

This video series focuses on how you can still live an active, full and productive life with limb loss. The people highlighted in these videos have found ways to successfully ...continue.

Congenital Limb Deficiencies and Acquired Amputations in Childhood

Volume 18 · Issue 1 · January/February 2006 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD - Limb loss is always devastating, both physically and emotionally. I’ve frequently told patients who have ...continue.

Congenital Limb Deficiencies and Acquired Amputations in Childhood, Part 2

Volume 16 · Issue 2 · March/April 2006 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD - In Part 1 of our series on children and prosthetics, we discussed the causes and ...continue.

Congenital Limb Deficiencies and Acquired Amputations in Childhood, Part 3

Volume 16 · Issue 3 · May/June 2006 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD - In Parts 1 and 2 of our series on children and their prosthetic needs, we ...continue.

Congenital Limb Deficiencies and Acquired Amputations in Childhood, Part 4

Volume 16 · Issue 4 ·July/August 2006 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD - Injuries and childhood can be inseparable companions. Fortunately, most injuries that children suffer while growing up ...continue.

Cooking Tips for Upper-Limb Amputees

Published 7/13/2015 - Do you have upper-limb loss and find yourself struggling in the kitchen when preparing a meal? Deborah Hutton, senior occupational therapist with MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, along ...continue.

Coping with a Sibling’s Disability

Volume 6 · Number 3 · June/July 1996 - by Linda Lee Ratto, M.Ed - Often the siblings in a family with a disabled child take second fiddle. This is ...continue.

Coping With Aging and Amputation

Senior Step – Volume 1, 2004 - by Omal Bani Saberi, LCSW, CCHT - “To grow old is to pass from passion to compassion.” – Albert Camus We all get ...continue.

Coping With Amputation: Is it Grief or Depression?

Senior Step – Volume 1, 2004 - Dr. Alan Wolfelt in Death and Grief: A Guide for Clergy shares the following information to help you decide if you are experiencing ...continue.

Cornerstones of Good Diabetes Care

Volume 12 · Issue 1 · January/February 2002 - by Rick Bowers - Diabetes not only affects daily health, but also puts those with the disease at greater risk for ...continue.

Cosmesis is Much More Than Appearance… it’s Function

Volume 9 · Issue 3 · May/June 1999 - by Mike Kaczkowski and G. Edward Jeffries, MD - Artificial limbs have several vital functions. Each of these vital functions will ...continue.

Couples Physical Activity (PA)

Volume 23, Issue 3 May/June 2013 - by Kelly Bonner - No, I’m not referring to couples’ PDA, as in public displays of affection, but PA, as in physical activity. ...continue.

Dave and Gail: The Caregivers

Published 1/19/2016 - Dave and Gail Whitty have weathered some difficult times. After an accident that left Dave without both of his arms, they have both had to make some ...continue.

Dealing With Grief and Depression

Senior Step – Volume 1, 2004 - by Omal Bani Saberi, LCSW, CCHT - When a part of our body is lost, we experience a grieving process that is not ...continue.

Diabetes and Skin Complications

Volume 16 · Issue 2 · March/April 2006 - Diabetes can affect every part of the body, including the skin. As many as one third of people with diabetes will ...continue.

Diabetes Treatments of Tomorrow

Volume 17 · Issue 7 · November/December 2007 - by Élan Young - With more than 245 million people with diabetes worldwide, a number that is expected to increase to ...continue.

Diabetic Wound Care

Volume 20 · Issue 1 · January/February 2010 - A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that occurs in approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes, and ...continue.

Disaster Recovery

Updated 09/2018When a catastrophe like a major hurricane happens, your world can be turned upside down. During these tough times, it may be difficult to know who to trust and ...continue.

Dispelling The Myths

Volume 23, Issue 2 March/April 2013 - by David McIntyre, MD - There are hundreds of examples of food and drink being touted as cures for illness or being blamed ...continue.

Do You Know Your K-Level?

Volume 23, Issue 5 September/October 2013 - An interview with Interim President & CEO Sue Stout about the importance of amputees knowing their K-levels - inMotion | What is a ...continue.

Do’s and Don’ts of a Legislative Visit

Last updated 2008 - Know your legislator, his or her political party, committee assignments, the district, the voting record, and any known position or public statement on Amputee Coalition issues. ...continue.

Does Form Follow Function?

Volume 19 · Issue 7 · November/December 2009 - by Erik Schaffer, CP, and Phil Kreuter, PT - When patients have to make a choice about what the best prosthesis ...continue.

Donning an AK prosthesis with a full suction socket

Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, this is part of a series of demonstrations designed to help individuals learn to manage after a lower-limb amputation. ...continue.

Driven to Drive

Volume 17 · Issue 2 · March/April 2007 - by Zach Foster - I talked my mom into enrolling me in an online training course at drivers-ed.com. The course covered ...continue.

Emotional Recovery: The Long and Winding Road

Created 02/2015 - RECOVERY: Return to a normal condition. RECOVERY FROM LIMB LOSS: A new normal. People respond differently to the loss of a limb. How an individual responds might ...continue.

Employment, Amputation and Job Accommodations

A webinar from The Job Accommodations Network helping amputees and employers work together. ...continue.

Enhancing Your Comfort and Function Through Upper-Extremity Socket Technology

Volume 14 · Issue 6 · November/December 2004 - by Troy Farnsworth, CP, FAAOP - As technological advances improve the lives of individuals with upperextremity limb loss, one thing remains ...continue.

Evaluating Online Health Information

Volume 18 · Issue 2 · March/April 2008 - by Molly Moore, NLLIC Librarian - I’m admitting to you all now – I tend to run to the Web for ...continue.

Evidence-Based Practice for the Individual With Amputation

Volume 19 · Issue 5 · September/October 2009 - by Jason T. Kahle, CPO, and M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, CP, FAAOP - How many times have you gone to your ...continue.

Exercise for Optimum Function

Volume 20, Issue 6 November/December 2010 - by Robert Graham, MS, and Karen Sullivan-Kniestedt, PT - Enjoying and living life to its fullest is challenging in today’s world, and for ...continue.

Family Matters

Volume 18 · Issue 2 · March/April 2008 - by Élan Young - George Austin was in his mid-30s when diabetes started knocking on his door. First, he noticed his ...continue.

Fighting Water Retention

Volume 23, Issue 3 May/June 2013 - by Chris Weintrob - Feeling swollen, bloated and downright puffy?Socket too tight? You’re not alone. The good news is there are simple remedies ...continue.

Financial Assistance for Prosthetic Services, Durable Medical Equipment, and Other Assistive Devices

Updated 01/2017 - Some of the questions most frequently asked by amputees relate to the payment coverage for the costs of prosthetic fitting and associated services, and durable medical equipment ...continue.

Financial Assistance for the National Conference

Updated 01/2017 - The Amputee Coalition understands that budgeting to attend the National Conference is a challenge for many. We have put together some tips on how you might secure ...continue.

Finding a New Doctor

Volume 21, Issue 4 July/August 2011 - There are many reasons why you might be looking for a new doctor. You may have moved to another city, or your doctor ...continue.

First a Partner, Then a Caregiver

Volume 18 · Issue 1 · January/February 2006 - by Alison W. Henderson, MS, and Rhonda M. Williams, PhD - Many individuals commit to love their partner/spouse “in sickness and ...continue.

Fitness for Kids

Volume 20, Issue 5 September/October 2010 - As you prepare your children for school, you should also think about how active your children are. Childhood obesity has become a national ...continue.

Fitting for Hip Disarticulation and Hemi-pelvectomy Level Amputations

Volume 9 · Issue 2 · March/April 1999 - by By G. Edward Jeffries, M.D. with Prosthetic Consultants John Angelico, CP, Al Denison, CP and Jim Kaiser, CP - Editors ...continue.

Florida

Updated 04/2017 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Focus on Bilateral Above-Knee Amputees

Volume 19 · Issue 4 · July/August 2009 - by Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP, and Randy Richardson, RPA - People who have experienced limb loss know that it only ...continue.

Foot Wound? Don’t Panic, But Get Help Now

Volume 16 · Issue 2 · March/April 2006 - by Neil M. Scheffler, DPM, FACFAS - You’ve already had one leg amputated. Now you’ve noticed a sore on your other ...continue.

Foreshortened Prostheses (Stubbies)

Last updated 01/2008 - For bilateral leg amputees, rehabilitation should be emphasized as early as possible to maximize ambulatory potential and to help alleviate possible gait or motion control problems ...continue.

Free & Low-Cost Sports & Recreation Opportunities

Volume 19 · Issue 3 · May/June 2009 - by Megan Long - The recession is affecting millions of Americans each day. Because of this, people are less likely to ...continue.

Free and Low-Cost Healthcare Resources

There are 140 healthcare facilities nationwide that may be a resource for you. Check out some of the details related to free and reduced-cost healthcare choices for you. ...continue.

Get Your Game On

Volume 19 · Issue 1 · January/February 2009 - by Bill Dupes - Videogames have gotten a bad rap in recent years. On top of some games being blamed for ...continue.

Getting Appropriate Physical Therapy

Volume 19 · Issue 3 · May/June 2009 - by Scott Waite, MPT - Appropriate physical therapy is crucial to both the physical and emotional lives of people who must ...continue.

Getting the most out of a dynamic response foot

Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, this is part of a series of demonstrations designed to help individuals learn to manage after a lower-limb amputation. ...continue.

Getting the Most out of Physical Therapy

Volume 18 · Issue 6 · September/October 2008 - by M. Jason Highsmith, PT, DPT, CP, FAAOP, and Jason T. Kahle, CPO - Whether seeing a movie or buying a ...continue.

Getting the Most Out of Your Prosthesis

Volume 17 · Issue 4 · July/August 2007 - by Jason T. Kahle, CPO, and M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, CP - When it comes to saving money, insurance companies are ...continue.

Getting up from the floor

Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, this is part of a series of demonstrations designed to help individuals learn to manage after a lower-limb amputation. ...continue.

Getting Your Papers in Order

Volume 17 · Issue 4 · July/August 2007 - by Bill Dupes - Today’s medicine and medical technology save many lives that only 60 years ago might have been lost. ...continue.

Global Resources for Amputees

Last updated 2010 - The Amputee Coalition provides the following list for amputees within and outside of the United States who are seeking assistance and information related to limb loss. ...continue.

Golf, The Perfect Rehabilitation Therapy

Volume 24, Issue 3 May/June 2014 - by Robert S. Gailey, PT, PhD | drawings by Frank Angulo - Golf is one of the most popular sports enjoyed by amputees ...continue.

Grooming, Bathing and Safety Tips

Volume 15 · Issue 6 · September/October 2005 - by Bill Dupes - The bathroom is one of the places in your home where the ability to do things independently ...continue.

Growing Up With Limb Loss

Volume 19 · Issue 2 · March/April 2009 - by Élan Young - Men and women, young and old, all suffer the effects of amputation, including its physical and emotional ...continue.

Having a Baby

Volume 13 · Issue 5 · September/October 2003 - by Sarah Pedersen - “When I went through my first pregnancy 20 years ago,” recalls Diane Thomas, her voice soft and ...continue.

Hawaii

Created 02/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Health Information Made to Order

Published 7/2015 - For all of the cultural and ethnic differences that both define and divide the unique heritage of the various ethnic groups in America, many are united by ...continue.

Heather and Posie: The Active Life

Published 1/19/2016 - Posie and Heather are both amputees and belong to two different age groups, but they both have something in common: their active lifestyle. This video, featuring these ...continue.

High- and Low-Tech Aids for Daily Living

Volume 18 · Issue 7 · November/December 2008 - by Scott McNutt - If you are missing a limb, you’ve probably found ways to adapt in your daily life, whether ...continue.

High-Level Lower Limb Amputation Webinar

Published 09/21/2016 - High-level limb differences create some unique challenges, and rehabilitation and treatment can be very specialized. We’ve brought together double the expertise: two clinicians and two people with ...continue.

Higher Challenges

Volume 15 · Issue 1 · January/February 2005 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD - In discussing amputations of the lower limb, we’ve noted that each level has its own ...continue.

Higher Challenges Part 2

Volume 15 · Issue 2 · March/April 2005 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD - In Part 2 of our look at hip disarticulation and transpelvic amputations, we examine the ...continue.

Higher Challenges Part 3

Volume 15 · Issue 3 · May/June 2005 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD - Part 1 and Part 2 of our series on hip and pelvic amputations examined surgery, ...continue.

Hip Strength Training for Amputees

Volume 23, Issue 4 July/August 2013 - by Cindy Asch-Martin - Learning how to walk with a smooth gait can be challenging at first. Your hips will be tight, so ...continue.

Housing and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Published 9/5/2018 - Learn more about access and regulations related to housing and Title II. ...continue.

How Do I Get Help From My Congressional Representative

Last updated 01/2008 - Most congressional offices have full-time caseworkers, whose jobs consist of helping their constituents overcome challenges that arise with federal agencies and programs, such as Medicare, Social ...continue.

How Peer Visitation Can Help the Journey to Emotional Recovery

Volume 20 · Issue 2 · March/April 2010 - By Elan Young - “Everybody has their different journey, which I’ve learned from speaking with my prosthetist and counselor. They say ...continue.

How to Be a Good Patient

Volume 20, Issue 4 July/August 2010 - By Jason T. Kahle, CPO, LPO, and M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, CP, FAAOP - It is important that the prosthetic industry focus on ...continue.

How to Make Better Food Choices…and Why It Matters as an Amputee

Published 7/13/2015 - As an amputee with limited mobility, you are at higher risk for disease. It is extremely important to monitor what you eat in order to decrease your ...continue.

How to Request a Certified Peer Visitor

Published 7/14/2015 - Talking with another amputee can give you much-needed encouragement and support. You’ve heard about the benefits of a certified peer visitor but may be wondering how to ...continue.

How to Ride a Motorcycle With Parts Missing (on you, not the bike)

Volume 16 · Issue 3 · May/June 2006 - by Jeffrey J. Cain, MD - You’ve seen them cruising down a winding highway, heard the roar of pipes on the ...continue.

How to Work With Your Insurance Company

Volume 17 · Issue 3 · May/June 2007 - by Jeff Cain, MD - Jeff Cain is a bilateral, below-knee amputee and a veteran of many insurance battles. He also ...continue.

Identifying and Managing Skin Issues With Lower-Limb Prosthetic Use

Volume 21, Issue 1 January/February 2011 - by M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, CP, FAAOP, James T. Highsmith, MD, and Jason T. Kahle, CPO - Fitting a prosthesis is complicated because ...continue.

Illinois

Created 05/2015 - In 2012, hospitals in Illinois reported a total of 5,249 amputations. This Fact Sheet describes the incidence and trends of amputation in Illinois, and the demographics of ...continue.

Important Health Screenings for Women

Volume 18 · Issue 2 · March/April 2008 - by Christina Skoski, MD - No matter what age you are or at what stage of life you became an amputee, ...continue.

Indiana

Created 02/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

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Integration of Massage Therapy into Amputee Rehabilitation and Care

Volume 14 · Issue 4 · July/August 2004 - by Anna Kania, BSc, RMT - Limb loss is a physical and psychological trauma that has a profound influence on the ...continue.

Introduction to Mobility Saves Studies

Mobility Saves is a big idea, and this webinar provides an overview of two studies that asked the question “how much and why?” Presented by Ashlie White of the American ...continue.

Introduction to Upper-Limb Prosthetics: Part 1

Volume 17 · Issue 2 · March/April 2007 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD - Basically, lower-limb prostheses are required to do two things: enable a person to stand and ...continue.

Introductory Amputee Care For Lower Limb Amputees

Published 4/26/2015 - Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, RN, former President and CEO - these video demonstrations are to help you learn to manage after a lower extremity amputation. They are ...continue.

Iowa

Created 02/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

It Takes All Kinds of Hero

Volume 19 · Issue 2 · March/April 2009 - by Erin DeMay - What is a hero? The definition is subjective, unique to each individual. Many regard their local firefighters ...continue.

It’s All My Fault

Volume 18 · Issue 4 · May/June 2008 - by Sandra Houston, PhD - Sometimes there are unexpected traumas in life for which we are totally unprepared. When someone loses ...continue.

Just Do It

Volume 19 · Issue 3 · May/June 2009 - by Erin DeMay - Marty Davis, 46, is a self-employed contractor who not only builds others’ homes with his brother, but ...continue.

Kansas

Created 02/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Keep Moving: Exercises for People With Lower-Extremity Amputations

Senior Step – Volume 1, 2004 by Melissa Wolff-Burke, EdD, PT, ATC, and Elizabeth Cole, PT - Getting back to your previous activities may be your objective following amputation. Even ...continue.

Keep Your Kids Away From the Yard

Volume 12 · Issue 6 · November/December 2002 - by Julie Wiest - Make sure your children are indoors on a nice day – until you ‘ve finished mowing the ...continue.

Keeping the Dream Alive

Volume 16 · Issue 4 ·July/August 2006 - by Rick Bowers - Losing a leg would probably be more than enough to crush most people’s visions of playing professional basketball ...continue.

Keeping the Sound Limb Sound

Volume 13 · Issue 2 · March/April 2003 - by Robert Gailey, PhD, PT, Illustrations by Frank Angulo - Preservation of the sound limb, in many cases, allows people to ...continue.

Kentucky

Updated 04/2017 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Knocking Down Pins, Knocking Down Doubts

Volume 16 · Issue 6 · November/December 2006 - by Rick Bowers - “Bowling is fun,” says Martin Frost, a left above-knee and right hip-disarticulation amputee. “If I couldn’t have ...continue.

Knowing Your Rights: Hotel Stays Without Reservation

Volume 9 · Issue 3 · May/June 1999 - by Casey Patrick - Hilton’s Shining Example The Harrisburg Hilton and Towers in Harrisburg, Penn., has taken ADA regulations to heart, ...continue.

La fuerza de los compañeros

Actualizado en : 18-Sep-08Traducido del First Step - Facing Amputation: The Power of PeersPor Becky Bruce, Especialista en Información de la Amputee Coalition Es posible que recientemente usted haya pasado ...continue.

Learning to Walk Again at 85

Volume 9 · Issue 1 · January/February 1999 - by Casey Patrick, with Ruth Casto - It all happened so fast. Eighty-five-year- old Ruth Casto’s shoe got tangled in an ...continue.

Learning to Walk at Any Age

Volume 20, Issue 3 May/June 2010 - by Gretchen Bollenbacher - “You really had to use your imagination to think that thing resembled a human limb. But when I had ...continue.

Legislative Advocacy

This webinar covers 2018 legislative goals, an introduction to the State Lead program, tips for telling your story and lobbying effectively, and more. ...continue.

Lessons From the Academy of Life

Volume 20, Issue 5 September/October 2010 - by Elizabeth Bokfi - But where is the definition for “differently abled”? For many, the term “disabled” comes with a negative connotation attached. ...continue.

Lessons of a Lifetime

Volume 19 · Issue 7 · November/December 2009 - by Marvin Knittel, EdD - It was 1941. Mom stood in the doorway of the porch peering through the screen watching ...continue.

Limb Loss Definitions

Last updated 2/2008 - AAOP (American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists): As a professional society of orthotists and prosthetists, the AAOP is dedicated to promoting professionalism and advancing the standards ...continue.

Limb Loss Prevention

Published 10/7/2015 - It is estimated that upwards of 60% of amputations are preventable. The introduction of comprehensive foot care, including regular visits with a podiatrist, have been associated with ...continue.

Limb Loss Statistics

Published 10/7/2015 - There are nearly 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States. Among those living with limb loss, the main causes are vascular disease (54%) ...continue.

Living With a Limb Difference

Volume 15 · Issue 5 · September/October 2005 - by Anne F. Street, MSPT, Prosthetist, CPI, STS - I have worked as a physical therapist in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital ...continue.

Living With Limb Loss: What Amputees Can Expect During the First Six Months Post-Surgery

Published 7/14/2015 - The first six months post-surgery will be full of challenges. This is the period of time where you can define what living a full and productive life ...continue.

LLAM: Telling Your Story

Published 04/04/2017 - Telling your story in an engaging and persuasive way is important. We will share practical tips and examples to help make sharing your story a meaningful experience ...continue.

Locating a Certified Prosthetist

Last updated 2016 - Please understand that the Amputee Coalition cannot and does not make specific recommendations for products or services, but can only suggest possible sources, with no endorsement ...continue.

Locating a Lawyer

Last updated 2009 - Please understand that the Amputee Coalition cannot and does not make specific recommendations for products or services, but can only suggest possible sources, with no endorsement ...continue.

Looking Ahead at Computer-Controlled Knees

Volume 18 · Issue 7 · November/December 2008 - by David Boone CP, MPH, PhD - I enjoy driving my 1963 Plymouth. It is a very simple and powerful automobile. ...continue.

Looking for Resources in your State?

We have compiled a list of frequently requested resources in each state and displayed it here as an interactive map. Here you can view your state’s resources and find out ...continue.

Maine

Created 02/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Maintaining Socket Alignment and Fit

Volume 18 · Issue 7 · November/December 2008 - by Scott Sabolich, CP, LP - In my 15 years of clinical experience I have found that no matter how sophisticated ...continue.

Making Your Case

Volume 19 · Issue 5 · September/October 2009 - by David McGill, Chair, Amputee Coalition Board of Directors - Insurance companies spend significant resources in drafting detailed medical policies and ...continue.

Maryland

Created 02/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Massachusetts

Created 05/2015 In 2012, hospitals in Massachusetts reported a total of 2,732 amputations. This Fact Sheet describes the incidence and trends of amputation in Massachusetts, and the demographics of people ...continue.

Medicare for People With Limb Loss

Created 05/2015 - It can sometimes be hard to understand what your options are under Medicare. This fact sheet will explain what Medicare is, what each Medicare plan offers, how ...continue.

Medicare LCD Proposal Webinar

Published 08/19/2015 - This is a recording of the Amputee Coalition Webinar on Medicare's Proposed Changes to Amputee Care, recorded at 1pm on August 19, 2015. You can view a ...continue.

Michigan

Created 05/2015 - In 2012, hospitals in Michigan reported a total of 4,817 amputations. This Fact Sheet describes the incidence and trends of amputation in Michigan, and the demographics of ...continue.

Mike: Everyday Dad

Published 1/19/2016 - Being a parent is such a wonderful blessing, but as an amputee you sometimes worry about your ability to take care of your family. In this video, ...continue.

Milestones: The Positive Signs on the Road to Recovery

Last updated 09/2014 - Adapted from the 2014 edition of the Amputee Coalition publication, First Step: A Guide for Adapting to Limb Loss Nothing is quite as bewildering or scary ...continue.

Minnesota

Created 02/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Mirror Therapy for Phantom Limb Pain

Published 07/13/2016 - Dr. Altschuler is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Temple University School of Medicine and an attending physician at Temple University ...continue.

Missouri

Created 02/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Modern Myoelectric Control for Upper-Limb Amputees

Published 12/14/2016 - In this Webinar provides a practical overview of pattern recognition control for myoelectric devices used by people with upper-limb differences. ...continue.

Mountain Bike Riding

Volume 22, Issue 3 May/June 2012 - Mountain biking is a sport that consists of riding specially adapted bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain. Mountain bikes share similarities with other ...continue.

My Battle With Diabetes

Volume 20 · Issue 2 · March/April 2010 - by Melvin Miles - I am a Native American (Nez Perce/Navajo) living with diabetes. I was 40 years old when I ...continue.

My Road to Advocacy

Shared from inMotion  |  Volume 28, Issue 2  |  March/April 2018, Page 26by Herb Kolodny I was asked recently: “How did you become an advocate?” “Good question,” I thought. As ...continue.

Myths and Truths About Social Security Disability Income

Volume 20, Issue 3 May/June 2010 - by Gerald B. Kagan - Certain benefits, known as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), are available to the very poor (those with less than ...continue.

Nebraska

Created 02/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Nevada

Created 04/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Never Give In—Never Give Up

Volume 17 · Issue 5 · September/October 2007 - by Marc Rohner - In October 2003, I learned that I had a large bone tumor within my right distal femur. ...continue.

New Hampshire

Created 06/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

New Jersey

Created 04/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

New Mexico

Created 06/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

New President and CEO

Jack Richmond is now leading the Amputee Coalition. Check Jan/Feb inMotion to get to know him! ...continue.

New York

Created 05/2015 - In 2012, hospitals in New York reported a total of 9,021 amputations. This Fact Sheet describes the incidence and trends of amputation in New York, and the ...continue.

North Carolina

Created 05/2015 - In 2012, hospitals in North Carolina reported a total of 5,261 amputations. This Fact Sheet describes the incidence and trends of amputation in North Carolina, and the ...continue.

North Dakota

Created 06/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States (1). An estimated 185,000 amputations are performed each year (2). The number of people ...continue.

Notes From the Medical Director: Choosing Amputation

Volume 11 · Issue 4 · July/August 2004 - by Doug Smith, MD, ACA Medical Director - Life is full of wonderful moments - and difficult ones. We eagerly anticipate ...continue.

Occupational Therapist and Prosthetist Help Firefighter Return to Work

Volume 15 · Issue 1 · January/February 2005 - by Sean Toren - Firefighter Luis Nevarez knows a lot about motivation to get back on the job. Called out for ...continue.

Oklahoma

Created 04/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Older Adults Can Thrive as Prosthesis Users

Senior Step – Volume 1, 2004 by Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP - Couple with snow ski gear smilingHave you heard the one about the 95-year-old lady who wears a ...continue.

On the Front Lines of the Diabetes War

Volume 16 · Issue 3 · May/June 2006 - by Gordon Zernich, CP, BOCP - On the lower-extremity front of what is expected to soon become an epidemic, podiatrists, pedorthists, ...continue.

One Step at a Time: Recovering From Limb Loss

Senior Step – Volume 1, 2004 - by Patricia Isenberg, MS. - Have you ever wondered why some people seem to bounce back from the tragedies in their lives, while ...continue.

Online Communication Resources for Those With Limb Loss

Last updated 03/2012 - Support from a local amputee group is not always available. The following are online communication resources for amputees, caregivers, friends and family members of amputees who ...continue.

Online Friends, Strangers and Stalkers

Volume 20, Issue 3 May/June 2010 - by Kim Phillips - The advent of social media opened up a new world, allowing people to reconnect with old friends and share ...continue.

Online Support Resources for People With Diabetes

Last updated 2009 - Diabetes contributes to complications such as neuropathy and vascular disease, which often lead to limb loss. Getting support from other people with diabetes can help you ...continue.

Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Coverage

Updated 11/2017 - The Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) was passed in 2010. One of the key provisions of this act is that every individual in the country is required to ...continue.

Opening Doors to the Workplace for People With Disabilities

Volume 15 · Issue 1 · January/February 2005 - by Rick Bowers - When Frank (not his real name) was hired to work for a national nonprofit organization, he quickly ...continue.

Options in Sockets and Liners

Volume 19 · Issue 7 · November/December 2009 - by Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP - Anyone who wears a prosthesis knows that fit, comfort and suspension are critical. That’s ...continue.

Oregon

Created 04/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, and an average of 507 people continue to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Osseointegration: Examining the Pros and Cons

Volume 21, Issue 5 September/October 2011 - by Carole St.-Jean, CP(c), and Natalie Fish, BSc (PT) - Osseointegration is derived from the Greek word osteon, which means bone, and the ...continue.

Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp

Since 2000, the Amputee Coalition has provided a safe place for kids to learn more about living with limb loss and limb difference. Today, it has evolved to traditional summer ...continue.

Pain Management: Choices and Developments for People Living With Limb Loss

Pain Management webinar presented by Dr. Burton of Abbott, discussing types of pain and dorsal root ganglion (DRG) treatment options. ...continue.

Partial Foot Amputation

Volume 13 · Issue 2 · March/April 2003 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD, Amputee Coalition Medical Director - Amputation surgery is both an art and a science. When considering ...continue.

Partial-Hand Amputations

Volume 17 · Issue 1 · January/February 2007 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD - We routinely call upon our hands to perform a huge number of tasks. As noted ...continue.

Pasos a seguir para lograr una defensa eficaz

Traducido del Fact Sheet - Steps to Effective Advocacy Defensa: s. Recomendación. 1. Apoyo y defensa de una causa. 2. Acción de representar a otra persona. Es un principio fundamental de la ...continue.

Patient Perspectives

Published 10/04/2015 - The purpose of this survey was to gain a better understanding of amputee behavior related to prosthesis wear. Specifically, we asked patients with limb loss and limb ...continue.

Paying It Forward

Volume 17 · Issue 6 · October 2007 Special Edition - by Erin M. King - On June 18, 2006 – three weeks after high school graduation – 18-year-old Mark ...continue.

Pedicures

Volume 18 · Issue5 · July/August 2008 - by Neil M. Scheffler, DPM, FACFAS - What can be more comforting than a pedicure? You sit back and relax, your feet ...continue.

Peer Support Helps Amputees Take the Plunge

Volume 17 · Issue 6 · October 2007 Special Edition - by Élan Young - Less than a year after her leg amputation, then 15-year-old Christina Skoski found herself sitting ...continue.

People With Amputation Speak Out

Published 10/4/2015 - The Limb Loss Research and Statistics Program (LLR&SP) is a collaboration of the ACA and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The overall mission of the ...continue.

Person-First, Identity-First, and Just Plain John: Words Matter

This webinar provides a history of language and disability as well as a panel discussion and Q and A session including people with limb loss and limb difference and their ...continue.

Physical Therapy and Kids With Limb Loss and Limb Difference

Published 10/17/2018 - Limb loss and limb difference is a complex experience affecting every part of your life and your family’s life.  Dr. Alicia White, an experienced physical therapist, has ...continue.

Physical Training Pays Off

Volume 23, Issue 3 May/June 2013 - by Cindy Asch-Martin - When my left leg had to be amputated below the knee on June 27, 2011, my career and the ...continue.

Points to Know and Consider When Preparing for and Undergoing an Amputation

Last updated 01/2008 - The patient and, if possible, a family member should have a discussion with each member of the surgical/rehabilitation team. This team should include the surgeon, anesthesiologist, ...continue.

Practical Strategies for Reducing Prosthetic Costs

inMotion Volume 21, Issue 4 July/August 2011 - by Jason T. Kahle, CPO, and M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, CP - When it comes to saving money, insurance companies are pretty ...continue.

Pregnancy After Amputation

Volume 10 · Issue 4 · July/August 2000 - by Zahara Meghani - This story is about two women who refused to let their radical amputations stop them from experiencing ...continue.

Preventing and Caring for the Secondary Conditions of Limb Loss

Published 3/2015 - by Rick Bowers - Danny, a bilateral lower-extremity amputee from a war injury, routinely develops skin problems on his residual limbs and is having back pain and ...continue.

Preventing Contractures

Volume 21, Issue 3 May/June 2011 - by Nicholas LaRaia, PT, DPT, NCS - The most important point in any discussion of contractures is that prevention works best. However, if ...continue.

Preventing Secondary Limb Loss

Published 11/23/2015 - The Amputee Coalition and Organogenesis Inc. convene webinar to promote diabetic foot care awareness and education among U.S. veteran population. ...continue.

Primer for Parents Taking Charge: How to Become Your Child’s Best Advocate

Volume 11 · Issue 3 · May/June 2001 - Believing in your child is essential. No doctor, therapist, teacher or anyone knows your child better than you do. You have ...continue.

Prostheses for Children With Limb Differences

Volume 19 · Issue 2 · March/April 2009 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD, and Kellye M. Campbell, MN, ARNP - Children with limb differences tend to adapt remarkably well ...continue.

Prosthetic Devices for Upper-Extremity Amputees

Updated 12/2014 - by Rick Bowers - Passive prostheses are generally considered to be devices that are worn purely for cosmetic purposes. Functional prostheses, on the other hand, are devices ...continue.

Prosthetic FAQs for the New Amputee

Last updated 05/2015 - You have reached a point in your journey where your residual limb is healing after your amputation and you are considering your options for a prosthesis. ...continue.

Prosthetic Feet

Updated 08/2016 - Over the past decade, technology and research have greatly expanded the functionality and aesthetics of prosthetic feet. Today, amputees have a wide array of feet from which ...continue.

Prosthetic Knee Systems

Last updated: 12/07/2014 - by Bill Dupes - Of all prosthetic components, the knee system is arguably the most complex. It must provide reliable support when standing, allow smooth, controlled ...continue.

Prosthetic Limb Donations

Updated 08/2016 - Prosthetic components are generally not reused in the United States because of legal considerations. However, used prosthetic limbs may be disassembled and the components shipped to Third ...continue.

Prosthetic Rehabilitation and Technology Options and Advances for Seniors

Volume 15 · Issue 6 · November/December 2005 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD - “To know how to grow old is the masterwork of wisdom and one of the ...continue.

Prosthetic Sockets

Volume 16 · Issue 5 · September/October 2006 - by Scott Sabolich, CP, LP - The socket is the most critical component of your prosthesis. If it doesn’t fit correctly, ...continue.

Prosthetic Socks

Volume 16 · Issue 2 · March/April 2006 - by M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, CP(c) and Jason T. Kahle, CPO - Socks are a simple enough invention. In most instances, ...continue.

Prosthetic Socks and Liners

Last updated: 12/07/2014 - by Jack E. Uellendahl, CPO - If I were to ask a room full of amputees what the most important feature of their prosthesis is, I ...continue.

Protecting Your Prosthetic Investment

Volume 18 · Issue 1 · January/February 2006 - by Erik Schaffer, CP - Today, prosthetic devices often cost as much as or more than a new car, and with ...continue.

Questions About Blood Pressure

Senior Step – Volume 1, 2004 - Blood pressure is given as two numbers that measure the force of blood against the walls of your arteries. The top number (systolic) ...continue.

Raise Your Voice: the Power of Advocacy

Published 09/09/2016 - This Webinar talks about what you can do to be heard by legislators and policymakers. Practical tips, policies to support, and how to make a difference are ...continue.

Ready for Love

Volume 18 · Issue 1 · January/February 2006 - by Jeremiah Perez - Ah, the first few dates! This is the time when we are on our best behavior – ...continue.

Recognizing Late-Life Depression

Volume 18 · Issue 3 · April 2008 - by Maria D. Llorente, MD, and Julie Malphurs, PhD - Marc decided Wednesday would be the day. It was the middle ...continue.

Reconstruction Surgery

Volume 17 · Issue 7 · November/December 2007 - by Carol Wallace, MS, CRC - One, two, three, four – into the closet they went. Four prosthetic legs by four ...continue.

Relationships Rescued Him

Volume 17 · Issue 1 · January/February 2007 - by Scott McNutt - In 2003, TIME Magazine senior correspondent Michael Weisskopf went to Iraq to profile “The American Soldier” as ...continue.

Relieving Phantom Pain and Opioid Dependency with Medicinal Marijuana

Shared from inMotion  |  Volume 28, Issue 2  |  March/April 2018, Page 38by Meredith Bower HoltIn January 2006, when I was 29, I lost my left leg below the knee ...continue.

Renowned Artist Jesse Treviño Shares “Mi Vida”

Volume 20 · Issue 1 · January/February 2010 - by Scott McNutt - “Jesse Treviño: Mi Vida,” a retrospective of the work of the first Mexican-American artist to exhibit in ...continue.

Research Study Opportunity Participants needed for PALS Online Study

The Amputee Coalition is working with Johns Hopkins to improve the lives of persons with limb loss.  We are testing a new program to help people after limb loss. PALS ...continue.

Resources for Older Adults and their Caregivers

Updated: 10/2015 - Are you looking for information on services and resources and don’t know where to begin? Knowing how to locate community and educational resources is an invaluable tool ...continue.

Resources for the LGBTQ community living with limb loss and limb difference

Published 03/01/2017 - This Webinar brings together three organizations that work closely with the LGBTQ community and focuses on what is available to people living with limb loss and limb ...continue.

Resources to Help Children Understand Limb Loss

Last updated 7/2012 - Reading encourages children’s imaginations to grow, and opens their world to new people, places and possibilities. Reading books about difficult concepts, such as limb difference, is ...continue.

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Rhode Island

Created 06/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Running for Coverage

Volume 18 · Issue 6 · September/October 2008 - by Élan Young - The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that in 2004, low-income families spent $184,320 per child from birth ...continue.

Second Life® – An Opportunity for Virtual Support and Education

Created 10/2015 - Second Life is a virtual world that was created by Linden Lab in 2003. What is a virtual world? It is similar to the real world we ...continue.

Secondary Conditions and Prosthetic Users and Ten Steps to Reduce Injury

Volume 18 · Issue5 · July/August 2008 - by Robert Gailey, PhD, PT - The majority of people with limb loss or difference have an active and satisfying quality of ...continue.

Seeing Past the Clouds

Volume 17 · Issue 7 · November/December 2007 - by Shannon Taylor - I was thrilled about my first amputation. It was a dreary day in April 1993, and I ...continue.

Self-Management Made Simple

Volume 15 · Issue 6 · September/October 2005 - by Cecilia Kayano - Tony Grant (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes) had a dream he was drinking a soda pop. Suddenly ...continue.

Sepsis and limb loss: awareness and prevention

Published 05/17/2017 - Presented by Steven Q. Simpson, MD, FCCP, FACP - This talk introduces listeners to the concept of sepsis, to show how common it is – and how ...continue.

Sepsis Happens: Our Family’s War on Septic Shock

Shared from inMotion  |  Volume 28, Issue 2  |  March/April 2018, Page 16by Lt. Col. (Retired) Jay and Sue Stull  |  Graphics by sepsis.orgWednesday, August 6, 2014, was a typical ...continue.

Service Dogs

Volume 17 · Issue 3 · May/June 2007 - by Jennie Dapice, MA, OTR/L - Looking through the pages of inMotion, it’s clear that marketing aimed at people with limb ...continue.

Seven Reasons You DON’T Need an Electric Arm Prosthesis

Fall 1995 - by John W. Michael, CPO, M.Ed, FISPO Otto Bock USA - The popular media have made today’s electrically powered arm prosthesis seem to be the eighth wonder ...continue.

Shoe Exchanges

Last updated 02/2015 - For individuals who only need one shoe, there are many organizations that accept donations of single shoes in good condition and that may be able to ...continue.

Skills for Life 5: Living without arms

This amazing event is all about living without arms. Whether you are someone living with bilateral upper limb loss, a caregiver or clinician, insight and education abound. In addition to ...continue.

Skin-to-Skin Match?

Volume 14 · Issue 1 · January/February 2004 - by Christina DiMartino - Miami, Florida, resident Lila Rodriguez had her right leg amputated below the knee as the result of ...continue.

Social Security Administration: “Faces and Facts of Disability”

Published 10/06/2015 | Commissioner's Message - Social Security is with you throughout life’s journey, touching the lives of nearly every American, often during times of personal hardship, transition, and uncertainty. ...continue.

South Carolina

Created 04/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, and an average of 507 people continue to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Special Problems and Needs of Older Amputees

Volume18 · Issue 3 · April 2008 - Everyday living can change when a person gets older. Tasks that were once easy can become hard, such as talking, walking, driving, ...continue.

Standing Alone Again

Volume 18 · Issue 7 · November/December 2008 - by Rick Bowers - It was a day just like those before it – one day closer to going home. Then ...continue.

State Legislative Priorities

Dan Ignaszewski shares how to help make Insurance Fairness (and more!) a reality in your state. ...continue.

Staying Fit With Limb Loss

Volume 20 · Issue 1 · January/February 2010 - by Scott McNutt - Keeping fit is an important part of overall health, especially if you live with limb loss or ...continue.

Steps to Effective Advocacy

Last updated 01/2008 - Advocacy- (ad’vo’kas’e) n. Recommendation.—-1. Support and defense of a cause. 2. The act of pleading on behalf of another. Educating consumers about how to advocate is ...continue.

Story Time

Volume 18 · Issue 6 · September/October 2008 - by Molly Moore, NLLIC Librarian - Reading to children is a wonderful way to volunteer and connect with the community. It ...continue.

Stretches to Help Maintain or Improve Limb Function

Volume 16 · Issue 5 · September/October 2006 - by Scott Waite, MPT - Keeping your hamstrings (located behind the knee and thigh) stretched will enable your knee on your ...continue.

Study Shows Podiatrist Care Reduces Amputation Risk

Volume 20, Issue 5 September/October 2010 - Amputation, one of the most devastating and costly consequences of diabetes, can be prevented when patients are treated by podiatric physicians. That’s the ...continue.

Suicide Prevention

Last updated 09/2014 - If you or a loved one is having thoughts of suicide, please consider contacting the resources below for ways to find help. National Suicide Prevention Hotline ...continue.

Support Groups

With over 260 support groups registered with the Amputee Coalition, amputees across the country are receiving the support vital for recovery. Please use our searchable map to find a support ...continue.

Supports and Resources for Community Reintegration Webinar

Published 08/10/2016 - This webinar offers practical details about the resources offered by Centers for Independent Living. We discuss the types of services CILS offer, how referrals are made to ...continue.

Surgery For Young Children

Volume 19 · Issue 4 · July/August 2009 - by Clayton Frech - I will always remember the image of my almost 3-year-old son lying helplessly in ICU after his ...continue.

Survival Guide for Caregivers: De-stressing to Stay Healthy

Published 08/2015 - Providing care to an individual that you love can be an opportunity to treasure. It is important to note that you must care for yourself as well ...continue.

Survival Perspectives

Volume 18 · Issue 4 · May/June 2008 - by Rick Bowers - Whether you are born with a limb difference or lose a limb to a disease or injury, ...continue.

Swept Off Your Feet

Volume 18 · Issue 1 · January/February 2006 - by John P. Foppe - Being born without arms, I often wondered if I would ever find someone to love me. ...continue.

Taking the Lead in Campaign for Change

Volume 14 · Issue 2 · March/April 2004 - The Amputee Coalition is taking the lead in a campaign to change inadequate laws regarding prosthetic reimbursement. In a recent membership ...continue.

Ten Tips to Improve Your Prosthetic Outcome

Volume 23, Issue 4 July/August 2013 - by Pete Seaman, CP - Successful prosthesis use involves a 50/50 effort between you and your prosthetist. Even longtime prosthesis wearers can experience ...continue.

Tennessee

Created 05/2015 - In 2012, hospitals in Tennessee reported a total of 3,475 amputations. This Fact Sheet describes the incidence and trends of amputation in Tennessee, and the demographics of ...continue.

Texas

Created 05/2015 - In 2012, hospitals in Texas reported a total of 14,120 amputations. This Fact Sheet describes the incidence and trends of amputation in Texas, and the demographics of ...continue.

Thank You for Not Smoking

Volume 16 · Issue 5 · September/October 2006 - by Christina Skoski, MD - Tobacco use is responsible for one-third of all cancer-related deaths. In addition to its welldocumented link ...continue.

The Benefits of a Certified Peer Visitor

Published 7/13/2015 - Living with limb loss can be challenging. You have questions, concerns, and can feel alone in the process. Jeremiah Perez, a certified peer visitor for the Amputee ...continue.

The Big Cover-up

Volume 19 · Issue 7 · November/December 2009 - by Elizabeth Bokfi - “Bad year, that 2007,” I tell people when they ask me what happened to my leg. It’s ...continue.

The Body Electric: Recent Developments in Bionic Technology

Volume 14 · Issue 3 · May/June 2004 - by Bill Dupes - The term “bionic” once had a purely scientific meaning. Now, thanks to pop culture like The Six-Million ...continue.

The First 12 Months After Upper-Limb Amputation

Volume 21, Issue 1 January/February 2011 - by Dan Conyers, CPO, and Pat Prigge, CP - Your life has changed – you’ve lost an arm. Now what? What will you ...continue.

The Future Is Now

Volume 17 · Issue 7 · November/December 2007 - by Élan Young - “As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.” – Antoine ...continue.

The Implications of Amputees Being Overweight

Volume 18 · Issue 2 · March/April 2008 - by Jason T. Kahle, CPO, LPO, and M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, CP, FAAOP - The topic of a recent professional article ...continue.

The Importance of Gait Training

Volume 21, Issue 1 January/February 2011 - by Scott Cummings, PT, CPO, FAAOP - It is the goal of most every lower-limb amputee to walk “normally” again. In the context ...continue.

The Journey…to a Better Quality of Life

Volume 24, Issue 1 January/February 2014 - by Cindy Asch-Marti - Changing your attitude toward exercise can be one of the most productive things you can do, not only for ...continue.

The Knee Disarticulation

Volume 14 · Issue 1 · January/February 2004 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD, Amputee Coalition Medical Directory - The knee disarticulation, also known as a through-knee amputation, has been ...continue.

The Naked Prosthesis

Volume 19 · Issue 7 · November/December 2009 - by Scott McNutt - A prosthesis is an expensive investment. To protect it, people with limb loss can have a cosmesis ...continue.

The Observant Caregiver

Volume 18 · Issue 3 · April 2008 - Being a caregiver means being available to assist and care for someone who needs help. Many people, including seniors, need help ...continue.

The Pelvic Leveler An Alternative to a Sitting Socket

Volume 15 · Issue 1 · January/February 2005 - by Christina Skoski, MD - One of the most common complaints of new patients who have had an amputation through any ...continue.

The Prosthetic Knee

Volume 18 · Issue 7 · November/December 2008 - by Erik Schaffer, CP, Chris Kort, CPO, and Phil Kreuter, PT - For the above-knee amputee, the prosthetic knee joint is ...continue.

The Role of Physical Activity in Diabetes Prevention and Control

Volume 17 · Issue 2 · March/April 2007 - “We know from research that 30 minutes of physical activity a day, at least five days a week, can help in ...continue.

The Strength to Carry On

Volume 16 · Issue 5 · September/October 2006 - by Rick Bowers - Less than one year ago, Erica Capron was sitting in her wrecked car, looking down at her ...continue.

The Syme-Ankle Level Disarticulation: Heels and Healing

Volume 13 · Issue 3 · May/June 2003 - by Douglas G. Smith MD, Amputee Coalition Medical Director - Choosing an amputation level is not always easy. The surgeon helps ...continue.

The Team Approach

Volume 19 · Issue 5 · September/October 2009 - by Terrence P. Sheehan, MD - The care offered to those with limb loss, especially early in their recovery, needs to ...continue.

The Transfemoral Amputation Level, Part 1

Volume 14 · Issue 2 · March/April 2004 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD, Amputee Coalition Medical Director - This is Part 1 of a three-part look at the transfemoral ...continue.

The Transfemoral Amputation Level, Part 2

Volume 14 · Issue 3 · May/June 2004 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD, Amputee Coalition Medical Director - Part 1 of this series of articles on the transfemoral (above-knee, ...continue.

The Transfemoral Amputation Level, Part 3

Volume 14 · Issue 4 · July/August 2004 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD, Amputee Coalition Medical Director - Part 2 of this series on the transfemoral (above-knee, or AK) ...continue.

The Transfemoral Amputation Level, Part 4

Volume 14 · Issue 5 · September/October 2004 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD, Amputee Coalition Medical Director - I intended our discussion of the transfemoral amputation level to be ...continue.

The Transfemoral Amputation Level, Part 5

Volume 14 · Issue 6 · November/December 2004 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD - In the fifth and final part of our series on the transfemoral (above-knee) amputation level, ...continue.

The TSA presents traveling with limb loss

Published 07/17/2017 - Susan Buckland, Senior Policy Advisor, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security, shares a presentation focused on travel. You’ll learn more about the process of airport ...continue.

The Wonderful World of Cosmesis

Volume 12 · Issue 2 · March/April 2002 - by Rick Bowers - Cosmesis – the art of making artificial limbs look lifelike – has changed dramatically from the time ...continue.

They Just Want to Do Their Jobs

Volume 17 · Issue 4 · July/August 2007 - by Scott McNutt - Recent news stories have highlighted how the U.S. military is providing its personnel with limb loss with ...continue.

Time to Prepare!

When survivors of natural disasters talk about their experiences, they often have one thought in common: “I never thought it could happen to me.” Here is a list of some ...continue.

Tips For Enhancing Your Success as a User of a Lower-Limb Prosthesis

Volume 21, Issue 1 January/February 2011 - by John Peter Seaman, CP, CTP - Even for the most experienced wearers of lower-limb prostheses, using a prosthesis can result in daily ...continue.

Tips for Taking Care of Your Limb

Volume 18 · Issue 4 · May/June 2008 - by Paddy Rossbach, RN, Former Amputee Coalition President & CEO, and Terrence P. Sheehan, MD - Proper limb and skin care ...continue.

Tips on Preventing and Handling Falls

Volume 19 · Issue 3 · May/June 2009 - by M. Jason Highsmith, PT, DPT, CP, FAAOP, and Jennifer Latham Robinson - Check your work environment, your home or other ...continue.

To Finish or Not to Finish (That Is the Question)

Volume 20 · Issue 2 · March/April 2010 - by Cindy Charlton - I was at my prosthetist’s office the other day, having some work done on my myoelectric hand. ...continue.

To Wear or Not to Wear… A Lower-Limb Prosthesis

Senior Step – Volume 1, 2004 - by Paddy Rossbach, RN - Whether you choose to or are able to wear a prosthesis after amputation will depend on many things. ...continue.

Top 10 Tips for Growing Up as an Amputee

Volume 19 · Issue 2 · March/April 2009 - by Melissa Shaw, Beau LaFave, Mia Lax, Li Jackson, Nicole Fuller and Debra Gardner - Whether you were born missing a ...continue.

Towards Reaching “Normalcy”— Does It Really Matter?

Volume 16 · Issue 4 ·July/August 2006 - by Donna R. Walton, EdD - My journey towards trying to reach normalcy – which I used to define as “walking without ...continue.

Transplantation Reality

Volume 20, Issue 4 July/August 2010 - With news that the world’s first leg transplant will be given approval this summer, millions of leg amputees may be wondering if a ...continue.

Transtibial Amputations

Volume 13 · Issue 4 · July/August 2003 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD, Amputee Coalition Medical Director - Transtibial amputations, also known as “below-knee” or “BK” amputations, are among ...continue.

Transtibial Suspension Alternatives

Last updated: 12/07/2014 - by John W. Michael, MEd, L/CPO, CPO Services, Inc. (Portage, IN) - The better the human-machine connection, the more comfortable the prosthesis and the more effectively ...continue.

Travel Information: TSA Security Checkpoint

Last updated 04/2016 - Planning a trip can be an exciting process as you eagerly await the opportunity to have some much-needed rest and relaxation. It may also be necessary ...continue.

Traveling Without Limits

Have you thought about traveling abroad? Wondered whether a destination is accessible? Interested in tips and insider tricks? John Morris has put in the miles and has the personal experience ...continue.

Treating the Whole Person

Volume 15 · Issue 6 · November/December 2005 - by Robert (Bob) A. Bedotto, PT, CPO, CPI - When a person is missing a limb or more than one limb, ...continue.

Update on Hand Transplantation

Volume 18 · Issue 7 · November/December 2008 - by Christina L. Kaufman, PhD, Brenda Blair, RN, and Warren B. Breidenbach, MD - A number of options are available to ...continue.

Upper Limb Loss: Questions to Ask Your Prosthetist

Last updated 11/2015 - Finding a prosthetist who understands the unique issues involved with upper-limb amputation is important in getting the best functional outcome with upper-limb prostheses. Unfortunately, not all ...continue.

Upper-Limb Amputations and Prosthetic Advancements

Published 12/10/2015 - Your amputation is a life-changing event and it is natural to have many questions. This informative Webinar, recorded 12/9/2015, was co-hosted by Hanger Clinic and presented by ...continue.

Upper-Limb Prosthetic Components

Volume 13 · Issue 6 · November/December 2003 - by William Hanson - People with upper-limb differences have several choices of prosthetic terminal devices. In deciding which type of device ...continue.

Upper-Limb Prosthetics: Part 2

Volume 17 · Issue 4 · July/August 2007 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD - If an upper-limb prosthesis could truly replace the human hand and arm, the job of ...continue.

Upper-Limb Prosthetics: Part 3

Volume 17 · Issue 5 · September/October 2007 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD - So far, our discussions about people with upperlimb loss and prosthetics have focused on those ...continue.

Upper-Limb Prosthetics: Part 4

Volume 18 · Issue2 · March/April 2008 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD - Acquired bilateral upper-limb loss (the loss of both arms) often results from explosions, electrical injuries, accidents ...continue.

Upper-Limb Solutions: How Can I Do This?

Volume 15 · Issue 4 · July/August 2005 - by Rick Bowers - If you are missing one or both arms, you are missing something that most people rely on ...continue.

Upper-Limb Solutions: No Manual Needed

Volume 19 · Issue 5 · September/October 2009 - by Sean McHugh, member of the Amputee Coalition’s Upper Limb Loss Advisory Council - When you buy a new car or ...continue.

Using a cane

Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, this is part of a series of demonstrations designed to help individuals learn to manage after a lower-limb amputation. ...continue.

Using a walker

Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, this is part of a series of demonstrations designed to help individuals learn to manage after a lower-limb amputation. ...continue.

Using crutches

Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, this is part of a series of demonstrations designed to help individuals learn to manage after a lower-limb amputation. ...continue.

Utah

Created 04/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, and an average of 507 people continue to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Vermont

Created 06/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, and an average of 507 people continue to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Washington

Created 04/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Webinars: Education and Support for People Affected by Limb Loss

View recordings of Amputee Coalition hosted webinars. Our latest webinars include Preventing Secondary Limb Loss and Upper-Limb Amputations and Prosthetic Advancements. ...continue.

West Virginia

Created 06/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, and an average of 507 people continue to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

What Are Some of the Long-Term Physical Effects of Using or Not Using a Prosthesis?

Volume 20, Issue 6 November/December 2010 - by Nicholas LaRaia, PT, DPT, NCS - Most will partly deal with the loss by attempting to replace the limb with an artificial ...continue.

What Happened to Your Leg, Grandma?

Volume 13 · Issue 6 · November/December 2003 - by Christina DiMartino - June DiMenna had suffered with diabetes for years when, after exhausting every treatment available, she had to ...continue.

What is The Amputee Coalition and What Can We Do for You?

Published 9/29/2015 - Empowerment. Leadership. Partnership. Today, more than 2 million Americans have experienced limb loss or were born with limb differences. Another 28 million people in our country are ...continue.

What Makes Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy So Complicated?

Volume 14 · Issue 5 · September/October 2004 - by Alfie Burns - Because this condition is so complex, the patient may require care from any combination of healthcare providers, ...continue.

What the Amputee Coalition Offers

This Webinar gives an update on the programs and services we offer, directly from the people you reach out to. ...continue.

What You Might Expect During the First 12 Months as a Lower-Limb Amputee

Volume 21, Issue 1 January/February 2011 - by John Peter Seaman, CP, CTP - As a recent amputee, you’re not alone if you feel clueless about what to expect during ...continue.

What You Need to Know About Prosthetics

Published 07/08/2015 - The Amputee Coalition will be hosting a series of Webinars over the next several months. The first in that series was co-sponsored by BiOM and was held ...continue.

Wheelchair Exercises

Volume 24, Issue 2 March/April 2014 - by Cindy Asch-Martin - WHEN WE THINK OF EXERCISE, there are some who may think that only fit or able-bodied people are capable ...continue.

When a Parent Loses a Limb: Helping Children Cope

Last updated 2008 - Where is your arm/leg? What happened to it? Did it break off? Be prepared to assist the child with an answer that is appropriate for his ...continue.

When a Parent Loses a Limb: Helping Children Cope

Volume 11 · Issue 3 · May/June 2001 - by Pat Isenberg, Amputee Coalition Outreach Education Coordinator - Pain is scary to children; the longer pain endures, the more frightened ...continue.

When a Prosthesis or Mobility Device Isn’t Enough

Volume 16 · Issue 3 · May/June 2006 - by Jason T. Kahle, CPO, and M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, CP - Below-knee amputees frequently ask me to cut down the ...continue.

When a Prosthesis or Mobility Device Isn’t Enough, Part II

Volume 17 · Issue 1 · January/February 2007 - by Jason T. Kahle, CPO, and M. Jason Highsmith, PT, DPT, CP - Part I of this article appeared in the ...continue.

When Are Prostheses the Right Choice for Older Amputees – And When Are They Not?

Volume 15 · Issue 6 · November/December 2005 - by Terrence P. Sheehan, MD - When it comes to prosthesis use for older amputees, I practice with the premise that ...continue.

When Disaster Strikes

Created 09/20/2018 Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an emergency supply kit and making an emergency plan are universal, regardless of ...continue.

When Our Roles Change From Caregiver to Receiver

Volume 19 · Issue 1 · January/February 2009 - by Tammie Higginbotham, Amputee Coalition Regional Representativeand Volunteer Outreach Team member - After I got married, I opted to stay at ...continue.

When to Replace a Prosthesis

Last updated 01/2008 - In order for an individual living with a limb difference or amputation to return to their family and/or workplace, they must be accurately fit with a ...continue.

Wisconsin

Created 04/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Working Together for a Successful Outcome

November 2011 - Successful relationships with healthcare providers are crucial to ensure the best possible outcomes, especially for someone who has experienced limb loss. The relationship between patient and prosthetist ...continue.

Working Together Toward a Common Goal

Volume 19 · Issue 4 · July/August 2009 - by Rachael Walton-Mouw - With a loving husband and an energetic 3-year-old son, Linda Bell was living her life to the ...continue.

Wound Care: Preventing Infection

Last updated 01/2009 - After your surgery, attention will be focused on care of the wound and maintenance of the residual limb. ...continue.

Wrapping with an elastic bandage – AK

Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, this is part of a series of demonstrations designed to help individuals learn to manage after a lower-limb amputation. ...continue.

Wrapping with an elastic bandage – BK

Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, this is part of a series of demonstrations designed to help individuals learn to manage after a lower-limb amputation. ...continue.

Wyoming

Created 06/2016 - Currently, 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States, with an average of 507 people continuing to lose a limb every day. This ...continue.

Yoga for Everyone

Volume 17 · Issue 2 · March/April 2007 - by Kellye Campbell, MN, ARNP, Amputee Coalition Medical Advisory Committee Member - Although yoga is an ancient practice, it has modern ...continue.