Across Australia there are hundreds of thousands of people who face challenges due to an amputated limb, heavily atrophied muscle or severe misalignment that’s compromised function.
Thankfully there are systems to help people in these situations, in particular the NDIS (National disability insurance scheme) which provides therapeutic assistance, community support and other useful resources.
To celebrate all the work the NDIS do for amputees, muscle atrophy and unique limb anatomy, we’ve outlined three key resources to help empower those affected.
Prosthetics and braces
Over 8,000 lower leg amputations are performed in Australia each year (most of these due to diabetes). For those who have had partial or full amputation of one or both legs, prosthetics are often the most effective way of restoring function and movement.
When the limb is compromised, be it atrophy, misalignment or partial amputation, keeping the joint stable and functional can be arduous and overwhelming.
Medical braces are one of the best ways of restoring some of that function and stability, and in some cases can help to reverse damage done to the affected area.
Rigid supports that incorporate medical grade compression have shown to be particularly effective as they not only stabilise the area, but can also help to manage and reduce chronic pain and increase blood-flow.
Physical and occupational therapy
Occupational therapy is crucial for those with amputations or compromised limbs. The focus of this therapy is to help the person affected to undertake regular activities more easily, empowering them in daily life.
Similarly, physical therapy is focused on improving muscle control and flexibility, and can help aid this process as well as reduce pain or discomfort.
The NDIS connects specialists with participants, and whether you’re plan-managed or self-managed, you can access these services with ease.
Engaging with community and maintaining relationships is crucial for the physical and mental health of everyone, particularly those vulnerable to social isolation.
The NDIS can help you to find the right people and places to build a community network. Disability advocacy groups can also act as useful networks, and speaking to your OT or plan manager can be a great step to connecting into those communities.
To learn more about Bauerfeind products covered under the NDIS, visit: Bauerfeind NDIS.
Bauerfeind products are developed at our innovation and manufacturing facility in Zeulenroda, Germany. Based on years of scientific research, our award-winning braces and support garments are highly recommended by medical professionals and athletes worldwide.
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