Wheelchairs are a necessity for many individuals; either for temporary use while they recover from surgery, and injury, or wait for a prosthetic, or they are for permanent use. Wheelchairs are often more practical than walking aids like crutches and walking frame, especially for the elderly or for those who don’t have the upper body strength.
Amputation under any circumstance is already a traumatic ordeal, so being concerned about the financing of a prosthetic shouldn’t add to the stress. Financial assistance for prosthetics is available from different sources, so patients won’t be left stranded after their procedure.
Prosthetic leg costs have changed over time. Just like with any purchase, the cost will depend on your preference and needs. There are various types of prosthetic legs to choose from, and yours will be recommended by a professional prosthetist.
The loss of a limb may trigger a psychological reaction akin to grief, which may lead to depression. This is not uncommon, and can luckily be overcome with the right support from both prosthetists and the patient’s friends and family.
Psychological Effects of Amputation
Some of the signs of depression can include: