Treatment, Rehabilitation and Therapy

The effectiveness and efficiency of amputation surgery as well as of prosthesis, physical rehabilitation and psychological therapy are all increasing due to advances in this area, so with the right guidance and some hard work, an amputee can improve their own condition in an attempt to return as close to normality as is possible.

The treatment, rehabilitation and therapy provided to amputees aims to allow the injured person to have a good quality of life by maximising their independence through the proficient use of prosthesis or a wheelchair, teaching them techniques to live independently with their injuries and structuring their time to ensure their activity levels are as high as possible.

Our specialist panel of serious injury solicitors understand how important treatment, rehabilitation and therapy are in aiding recovery and improvement. They also recognise the need for emotional support for an injured person and their family in order to ensure that the challenging recovery process is confronted with full effort and without the need for the family to sacrifice other aspects of life, such as education or employment. Our panel of expert solicitors’ experience of amputation claims is invaluable in order that they may obtain on your behalf the compensation that you and your loved ones need to begin the rebuilding process after your injuries, starting with tailored treatment, rehabilitation and therapy.

Stages Of Rehabilitation

At The Hospital

The length of time an amputee spends in hospital is dependent on the overall physical and mental condition of the injured person.

Health care professionals at the hospital will closely monitor the condition of the amputee to ensure there are no adverse effects of the surgery and to make sure that the wound is healing properly. Antibiotics will be administered to ensure infections are prevented.

As An In-patient

A tailored rehabilitation programme will commence once an amputee makes a sufficient recovery. This consists of processes to tackle both the physical and emotional effects of the amputation.

In particular there will be attempts to build muscle strength and redevelop new types of dexterity, adapt their skills to be relevant to their new situation and put safeguards in place to ensure the wellbeing of their mental health.

At Home

After the critical stages of recovery are over and an amputee returns home, there is still much that needs to be done on a regular basis in order that they maintain good health.

An amputee must ensure that they take care of their stump in terms of sanitation and injury avoidance to prevent infection. A structured exercise programme will ensure the steady development of an amputee’s strength and coordination, helping them to complete tasks successfully and capably. This is all in the expectation that an amputee’s condition can continue to develop and improve in order to maximise their independence.

Types Of Therapy

Psychotherapy

One type of psychotherapy, called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is extremely effective. It generally targets those with or at risk of depression as a result of their injuries. It aims to discover how an individual’s thought processes affect their actions and the way their actions affect their thought processes. By targeting thought processes and actions that reinforce them, negativity in their thinking can be reduced while positive thoughts are encouraged. This can help to reduce stress levels and allow a person to look ahead to the future by adopting a positive outlook.

Depression of the injured person can hinder the physical recovery of the injured person, especially if an amputee has PTSD, so different types of psychotherapy aim to address or avoid problems such as depression by tackling psychological and emotional frailties.

Occupational Therapy

Tasks that were previously considered simple by the injured person, such as bathing, are likely to be difficult for many of those suffering from serious amputation injuries. This type of therapy aims to maximise a person’s independence by helping a person to adapt to their new level of capability in order to perform the tasks they need to on a daily basis.

Physiotherapy

Physical therapy is tailored to an individual depending on their existing strength post-injury and the nature of the effects of their injury with the aim to develop an amputee’s strength, gait and coordination, as well as making key muscle groups stronger and increasing their endurance abilities. It may also involve teaching a person to use their prosthesis or wheelchair effectively.

This type of therapy can be very hard and frustrating for an injured person as it can be painful and fatiguing, especially early on in the process, so it is vital that family and friends get on board to encourage and even participate in the completion of physiotherapy in order to improve an injured person’s overall physical condition long term.

We can help you to maximise your compensation and to rebuild your life following a serious injury. You have three easy options: either call us on Freephone 0800 014 2652, fill in our START YOUR CLAIM NOW form, or request a call back using our Call Me Back form.

Once one of these steps has been taken by you, a member of our serious injury claims team will contract you to discuss the merits of your claim for FREE and WITHOUT OBLIGATION.