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Recovering After Lower Limb Amputation


To prevent your muscles from tightening or shortening, your therapist will show you how to do the following positions and exercises:​

Positions to do

Position 1

This position prevents the hip muscles from tightening and helps the prosthesis to fit better:

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  1. Lie on your back with your legs straight and in line with your hips.
  2. Roll up a towel and put it on the outside of your limb to prevent it from moving out to the side.
  3. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes several times each day.

If you are doing this in the hospital, fully flatten the bed and remove the pillows from behind your back.

Position 2
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Put your limb on a chair or on an amputee board to prevent knee tightness and swelling.

Position 3

To stretch your hips:

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  1. Lie on your stomach with your legs straight.
  2. Don’t put a pillow under your hips, head, or shoulders. Try to keep your hips flat against the bed.
  3. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes several times each day.

Positions to avoid

Don’t put pillows under your hip, leg, or lower back when lying on your back.

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Don’t lie on your back with the residual limb pointed out to the side.

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Don’t hang your leg down. If you have a below-the-knee amputation, use an amputee board to keep the limb straight.

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