Communicating Effectively with Your Prosthetist

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by Premier Prosthetics Blogger
Having a positive relationship with your prosthetist can help improve your outcome as a prosthetic device user.

Having a positive relationship with your prosthetist can help improve your outcome as a prosthetic device user.

 

The relationship you share with your prosthetist should be one based on trust, honesty and open communication at all times. Premier Prosthetics wants to make sure you are comfortable and prepared to establish this positive relationship with your prosthetist.

A key predictor of optimal prosthetic success is the prosthetist’s understanding the new client’s medical background, current medical status, and future lifestyle desires and expectations. Equally important is the client fully understanding all of their options and maintaining a realistic understanding of the path that lies ahead. Typically, the best results come when the client is regarded as a full partner in the rehabilitation team.

At no time is clear communication more important than your first prosthetic appointment. Therefore, schedule ample time for this initial evaluation and sharing of information. Bring all pertinent health records and come prepared to tell your story…every detail is important. Ask every question that comes to mind.

Over the series of subsequent appointments to measure, fit, and fine-tune your prosthetic limb, open and detailed communication remains essential. Make sure you understand what is happening at each step along the way. If something doesn’t make sense to you, ask for further explanation.

Once your prosthetist delivers your new limb, do not leave until you feel comfortable with your prosthesis and understand what actions (e.g. therapy, exercise, cleaning, maintenance, etc.) come next. Even after you leave the facility, contact your prosthetist any time you need additional information.

Your prosthetist’s intention is to provide you with a replacement limb that provides the best possible balance of function, appearance and comfort for your needs, capabilities and lifestyle. Your honest, specific communication will help achieve that goal.

At Premier Prosthetics, our expert team of prosthetists is prepared to work with you to provide you with the best experience and outcome as possible. We invite you to contact us today with any further questions you may have.

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