Every Amputation Is A Unique Injury

One of the most traumatic experiences a person can experience is the loss of a limb as a result of a work injury. Work injuries that result in an amputation can be some of the most serious and disabling type of workplace injury.

Work injury amputations can occur due to defective equipment, including:

  • Power presses
  • Saws
  • Grinders
  • Conveyors
  • Milling machines
  • During materials handling activities

Potential Long-Term Effects Of An Amputation

The devastating effects of a work injury amputation are not only physical, but also psychological trauma and emotional depression. The amputation site can cause reduced mechanical stability and practical limitations such as increased use of the opposite, remaining limb.

A further potential complication of amputation is the phenomenon of “phantom limb” where the injured worker reports they can actually feel the body part that is no longer there. The symptoms of the phantom pain can include aching, burning, and even movement. Researchers believe that such symptoms relate to the relationship of the brain with the body, which mimics information to the brain about a limb regardless of whether is exists or not.

Life after an amputation is a challenge that does not have to be faced alone. There is a wide range of treatment options to assist an injured worker to restore functional and emotional well-being following an amputation, including exciting new advances in prosthetics.

For over 25 years, Tom Martin has provided effective and compassionate help to workers who have suffered an amputation, and has obtained the comprehensive patient care they deserve.

As an example of the creative ways Mr. Martin has assisted his clients regain function, he recently obtained a functional prosthetic hand for one of our clients: