Getting a new prosthesis can be life-changing. It can improve your quality of life and allow you to do all the things you want to do. It can also be a little nerve-wracking because you don’t know what to expect and have to learn how to use it and adjust to it. Here are some tips that can help you adjust to your device quicker so you can enjoy life again.

Be Positive

Your adjustment to your device is as much mental as it is physical.  If you have a positive attitude about, you are much more likely to adjust to the prosthetic faster and more easily. Don’t look at it as a challenge, but as an opportunity. You can embrace the change and use it to make your life a little better. If you are nervous about how you will do with the device, talk to others who have prosthesis to see how they coped with it in the beginning.

Monitor Your Device

It’s normal to feel some slight discomfort with the prosthesis, but you shouldn’t feel pain. Check your skin to make sure there are no bumps, lesions, or bruises. Not only do these things make you uncomfortable, but they will also make it hard for you to use the prosthesis properly and adjust to it quickly. Most people do not have problems with their prosthesis after just a few weeks of wearing it. If you are experiencing discomfort after a few weeks, it is important to contact your Prosthetist for an adjustment.

Don’t Sleep It In

It can be tempting to sleep in your prosthesis, especially if you are trying to get used to it and want it to feel like a real limb. You should always remove it before bed. This will prevent it from rubbing your skin at night and causing problems. It will also help prevent injuries and keep the device in good condition. Just keep it beside your bed so you can put it back on as soon as you get up in the morning.

Clean It Daily

You have to clean your device daily to keep it in good condition and to make it comfortable to wear. If you are trying to adjust to wearing your device, get in the habit of cleaning it daily. Keeping it clean will prevent it from irritating the skin and prevent the materials it’s made of from breaking down. It can help make it last longer too.

It’s normal to be a little nervous when it comes time to get your new prosthesis. Don’t let the worry and concern get in the way of your excitement. Your prosthesis can change your life for the better, and you will adjust to it faster than you realize.