Amputee Veterans: Supporting the Transition Home

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), approximately 8% of all service members who are evacuated from combat zones with battle-related injuries sustained at least one major amputation as a result of those injuries.

A Whole Person

For amputee veterans, it is especially important to treat the whole person and not just the afflicted limb(s). In addition to providing the best possible treatments, Next Step is committed to helping amputees navigate the mental, emotional and physical hurdles that come with a sudden and unexpected life-altering event. Wounded veterans are often dealing with far more complex issues beyond the physical effects of war. Some amputee veterans return home with a combination of stress-related afflictions, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Often, they need additional support beyond medical and physical treatments.

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Amputee Guide to Summer: Sweat, Sand, & Surf

After an especially grueling winter, everyone is excited about warmer, sunnier weather. Nothing says summer like going to the beach or hanging out by the pool.  For amputees, fun in the sun presents some unique challenges, and below are ways to combat these so you can get the most enjoyment out of every summer day.

Summer Fun
Patricia’s first summer at their beach house.

Water

Many amputees enjoy splashing through the sprinkler with the kids, swimming, surfing, waterskiing, and other water sports. Depending on your prosthesis, however, this exposure to water may be a concern. Water can cause rust and damage to sensitive mechanical components that may also put the warranty in jeopardy, depending on the manufacturer. The X3 Waterproof Prosthetic Leg by Ottobock is completely submersible while their weatherproof C-Leg 4 is a great option for briefer exposure to water. For those without a waterproof prosthesis, the best way to spend time in the water is without your prosthetic limb. This also relieves pressure on your skin, muscles and joints.

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