Prosthetics

RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry -  - Pain Management

RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry

Pain Management & Physical Rehabilitation Specialists located in Jamaica, NY

Prosthetics specialists help you recover from amputation and regain function in the affected limb. Thresiamma Mathew, MD, and Terry Mathew, MD, of RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry, provide expert prosthetics services at their New York City office in Jamaica, Queens. They can help you adjust physically and psychologically to using a prosthesis and ensure you experience minimal complications. To take advantage of their experience in prosthetics, call RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry today and schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Prosthetics Q&A

What are prosthetics?

Prosthetics is the area of medicine that helps people adjust to living with an artificial limb (prosthesis).

There are numerous reasons why you might suffer the loss of a limb, from traumas such as an auto or workplace accident to diseases like sepsis and diabetes. Some people are born without one or more limbs.

Advances in technology and the understanding of human biomechanics mean prostheses are continually improving, offering significant benefits to patients who have lost one or more limbs.

What can I do with my prosthetics?

Prosthetic limbs are increasingly sophisticated in both their function and appearance as substitutes for lost limbs. You can accomplish numerous tasks and activities with your prosthetics, including:

  • Standing and walking
  • Running and jumping
  • Reaching and grasping
  • Hammering and painting
  • Lifting
  • Eating and dressing
  • Writing

Prosthetics may be life-like in appearance, or specialized for specific activities, such as the carbon fiber blades used by athletes.

Why should I undergo specialized therapy when I have prosthetics?

Specialized prosthetics therapy aims to help you achieve the highest level of independence, taking into account your expectations and factors such as your:

  • Age
  • Physical abilities
  • Level of amputation
  • Mental health
  • Pre-amputation function
  • Other medical problems

RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry excels in providing services that ensure your prosthetic limb fits well and you can make full use of it.  

What help will I need with my prosthetics?

There are numerous ways in which your physical therapist at RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry can help you adjust to living with prosthetic limbs. These include:

  • Expert gait analysis
  • Correct use of walking aids
  • Restoring function
  • Improving your range of motion
  • Contracture prevention
  • Swelling and compression issues
  • Pain management

Pain management is vital when undergoing post-amputation rehabilitation. Physical therapy treatments such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), manual therapy, and therapeutic massage can all reduce pain.

Your physical therapist also helps with desensitization – decreasing the rawness of the nerve response in your stump. These treatments help to reduce your need for pain medications.

Learning to live with the loss of a limb and getting to grips with the optimal use of your prosthetics is a significant challenge. To get the expert treatment and compassionate care you need, call RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry today or book an appointment online.