Prosthetics in the alleviation of mental ordeals

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The human body is a highly optimized organic entity, designed with remarkable frugality. Loss of a limb invites incompleteness and is associated with the loss of many abilities related to the limb. These missing abilities can cause multiple psychological disorders. Which along with the burden of amputation robs the motivation for carrying on the battle for survival.

Amputations are desperate measures, done in order to save lives. An unstoppable infection, cancer, or in the aftermath of a severe accident; amputations can take place. Prosthetics are arguably the only means of rehabilitation from the clutches of an amputation. And the constant development in the field is fueled by this particular need. Apart from being a good option for rehabilitation, prosthetics help to deal with the social load of amputations as well. By helping people back to life prosthetics uplifts the prospect of advancements and diligence.

After the emergence of bionics prosthetics changed drastically. Unlike before, a prosthesis was able to follow the will of its wielder. Which is undoubtedly a better way of addressing psychological ordeals experienced after an amputation. Provided all the conditions for the implementation of bionics are in favor it can prove to be the best option we have at our disposal.

This article will explore the common mental ordeals faced by an amputee after going through an amputation and how prosthetics can help in overcoming them.

Depression

An amputation can result in complete withdrawal from society and profession. Lack of a limb will undoubtedly rob some of the essential abilities related to an amputee’s profession. Which can be detrimental in terms of the amputee’s social and professional life. The inability to contribute like before triggers depression and the most extrovert of us can get lost into the darkness of seclusion.

In Spite of lacking the promise of sensory feedback, a prosthesis can give back some of the abilities lost during amputation. And in the case of bionic prostheses, the list is extensive. The regaining of abilities, empowers an amputee to cope up with their depression By inspiring confidence to contribute. For instance, typing hands are the prized possession of any IT professional and after an amputation, a bionic hand can help them in regaining the confidence of becoming professional again.

Anxiety(frustration)

Frustrations can become a day-to-day companion of an amputee. The anxious feeling of not being able to perform the usual tasks. An amputation can rob the usual sensations and rewards completely. The combination of inability and deprivation gives rise to the never-ending cycle of frustration. With each passing day, the severity can add up into something disastrous enough to derail the usual approach towards life.

A bionic limb gives back some of the abilities of contribution. And if given a good welding experience, it can calm the disturbing experience of not having a limb. Though, Bionics does not come with the promise of sensory experience. But with the advent of neuromusculoskeletal sensor placements, this shortcoming is gradually losing weight as well.

Post-traumatic stress disorder

In case of an accident followed by an amputation, trauma can be inflicted at multiple stages. Clearly the trauma of the accident and the trauma of losing a limb both play a significant role in inflicting PTSD. Both these traumas are undoubtedly severe and to some extent not treatable by usual means of treatment. The only way is perhaps giving back what a patient has lost in terms of confidence and abilities.

A remedy to trauma comes with the acceptance of the incident. Trying to resist it can worsen the situation even more. A prosthesis helps in the process of accepting the loss and embracing the new enhancement. With time a prosthesis can teach amputee to live with the trauma and cope up with life by utilization of an artificial enhancement.

Phantom limb pain

Due to the presence of existing anatomical apparatus, and modifications like myelination and synapses our brain refuses to acknowledge the sudden loss of a limb immediately. Even in the absence of a limb, an amputee continues to feel the pseudo limb in place but the presence of inability remains strong. This discrepancy leads to severe discomforts, known as phantom limb pains. A prosthesis is the best-known remedy for this condition when the time of application is ideal.