Loss of a limb is irreversible damage. And most of the time it is done in order to prevent certain death. Unstoppable cancer or maybe an infection can be the reason for amputations. Regardless of the reason, the process disturbs the usual rhythms of our body and mind. Like the human body, the human psyche is also a fine-tuned and optimized entity. Any unwanted damage or loss to this precisely optimized system can cause both entities to fall apart.
Partial rehabilitation is however a possibility with the halo of psychotherapy and physiotherapy. The use of prosthetics for rehabilitation after the loss of a limb has become widely popular due to its heightened availability. And after the emergence of bionics, the story took a whole new avatar.
This article will explore some of the usual psychological ordeals experienced after an amputation, and the role of prosthetics in the rehabilitation of the same.
Wielding a bionic prosthesis is no easy task. It requires a long incubation procedure and rigorous training. It has been seen that a few patients refuse to discuss the process with the concerned authority and resist surgical procedures from happening. The denial in the case of amputees is more complicated than the usual as anatomical factors like existing synapses are present. Because of the existing synapses and myelination, a group of phantom limb-related difficulties might add to complications as well.
A robotic prosthetic arm alleviates phantom limb pains. And after the complications are reduced, acceptance on the patient’s behalf is inevitable.
Frustration is anxiety triggered by the inability to perform a task or gain a desirable one. Clearly, after the loss of a limb frustrations take over an amputee’s psyche completely. Immediately after realizing what’s missing, frustrations start to encroach. There is, unfortunately, no replacement of an organic limb at the moment. But prosthetics arm with bionics can give back a fair amount of lost zeal and capabilities. Getting used to the compromising experience of a bionic prosthesis takes time, but once the conditioning is done there is no looking back. The initial frustrations fade with time, replaced by a sense of satisfaction and hope.
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Revisiting a usual trauma can be disastrous. And when the trauma is related to arguably the most horrific loss it can derail someone from the track of life. Post-traumatic stress disorder involves unwanted recollection of traumatic and disturbing memories along with a multitude of side-effects. The events of revisits can cause sleeplessness, nightmares, fear of slightly relevant objects, etc. Though the trauma of losing an arm can be alleviated to some extent by using a robotic prosthetic arm with the additional help of psychotherapy.
An Amputee suffering from Post traumatic stress disorder is usually prescribed a rigorous schedule of counseling. The goal is to empower the victim to face the cause of the trauma and fight it off. Prosthetics add to the experience of empowerment by giving back some of the lost abilities and confidence to face the fear.