Your Prosthesis & Emotional Health

The staff at Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics understands that adapting to life with a prosthesis is more than just a physical journey; there are emotional challenges to navigate as well.

As with all things in life, the way people adapt to a life change like limb loss will vary greatly. There are many factors that influence how someone feels, including whether the amputation was the result of a sudden and traumatic accident, required after years of battling the effects of diabetes, or necessary to fight cancer.

The physical recovery from amputation is important, but so is the emotional healing. Our professional staff in Traverse City and other Michigan locations understands that losing a limb is a major life event that requires holistic support for clients and their families.

We support people through the process of selecting a prosthesis and learning to use the artificial limb well. Thus, it is important to consider the kinds of things that may influence your recovery, such as:

  • Age – the older we are, the more difficult change may be and the more self-conscious we may feel about learning to use a prosthetic limb.
  • Finances – medical expenses like purchasing a prosthesis can be a strain for many individuals and families – an unwelcome added stress during an already trying time.
  • Support – some people have great support systems and strong relationships to offer practical and emotional comfort through rehabilitation and recovery while others may either have to face facts with little or no help from loved ones.
  • Health – an amputee who is robust and physically fit will likely have a very different recovery period than someone who is frail or facing complex medical issues.
  • Psychological health – it is normal and expected that anyone losing a limb will experience feelings related to loss such as grief, anger, or even denial; but issues of self-esteem, self-image, and sexuality may also play a role in adapting to life after the loss.
  • Reason for limb loss – experiences and feelings of guilt, anger, depression, and post-traumatic stress will be different for those who lose limbs as a result of an avoidable accident, traumatic event, illness, or congenital condition.
  • Stage of life – people’s motivations are unique and personal, but wanting to return to work or not wanting to face peers at high school may impact recovery on an emotional level.

At Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics, our prosthetists are sensitive to the emotional and physical recovery of clients who have lost a limb. Helping someone through the process of selecting and being fitted for a prosthesis requires not just clinical expertise but also compassionate care that respects each individual’s unique situation.

We understand that creating a welcoming environment where people feel comfortable sharing their concerns and worries, and working with clients to find solutions for their unique situations, are every bit as important as ensuring that a prosthesis fits well. Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics not only accepts a wide variety of health insurance plans, but we also have the flexibility to work out an extended payment program.

Our friendly, professional staff are ready to help clients of all ages adapt and thrive with artificial limbs. Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics offers expert prosthesis services in Traverse City and more than 20 locations in Michigan including Cadillac, Petoskey, and Marquette.

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