Muscle contractures after amputation

Muscle contractures after amputation


Muscle contractures after amputation So you are most probably still in the hospital after your amputation. The most important thing to keep in mind in this phase is to help you prevent development of any contractures. In this video we will show you what to keep in mind. Hi, I am Manali and I am a physiotherapist. I am here at the Ottobock clinic in Mumbai and I have Derrick with me to help us understand how you can prevent muscle contractures. Hi Derrick, how are you doing today? Hi Manali, I am good. Thank you! Please tell us something about your experiences. I have been an amputee since 2017 and as an amputee it is important to know what muscle contractures are and how to prevent them. So let us talk about it! Derrick, please lie down and make yourself comfortable. Sure! A muscle contracture is a permanent shortening of your musculature, which reduces the joint mobility. In order to attain a natural gait pattern it is important that you can use the entire range of motion of the joint. Hence it is important to prevent muscle contractures right from the beginning. Muscle contractures are formed by scar tissue tightening, fascia reduction, circulatory disorders and inflammations. However, the main reason to develop muscle contractures is improper bedding. You can easily develop muscle contractures due to insufficient movement of the residual limb or keeping it in a flexed position over a long period of time. Just like that. You see my joint is clearly flexed here. I would not want my residual limb to be in this position for too long. Exactly Derrick. It is important that we keep it extended as long as possible. We can only give you general advice. Your physiotherapist, the nursing staff and the doctor are in a better position to individually examine you and determine your personal health status.

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