Written by Greg on November 27, 2012
There are numerous causes of limb appendage and limb amputation. Vehicle collision and home and workplace accidents are the most common incidents that lead to amputations. Today, people who have suffered the partial or full loss of a limb through amputation can still look forward to leading a full and rewarding life thanks to advanced technologies. What follows is some basic information that should be helpful to amputees and their families.
*If you have lost a limb or are the parent of a child born without a limb – reach out to organizations and support groups. There are dozens of organizations and resources that will help you and your loved ones make the most of the situation.
*Get involved in advocacy groups that will lobby state and federal officials to maintain if not increase their efforts (medical, social and otherwise) with regard to amputation.
*Educate yourself on the opportunities for children to attend youth camps for amputees and other experiences that will normalize their lives and increase their self-esteem. Too, there are scholarships and other opportunities tailored specifically to the amputee child and young adult.
*Stay informed of the latest technological and medical advances specific to your type of amputation. There are miracles being performed every day in the field of amputee medicine.
Below are some helpful resources:
www.oandp.com The Global Resource for O&P information
www.amp-info.net Amputee Information Network
www.amp-info.org Amputee Information Exchange
www.usinter.net/wasa/arc.html Amputee Resource Center
www.limbless-association.org Limbless Association
www.stumps.org Stumps R Us-An Amputee Support
www.hphdhelp.org Hemipelvectomy and Hip Disarticulation information
www.diabetesresource.com Diabetes Resource Center
www.usparalympics.org U.S. Paralympics
www.dsusa.org Disable Sports USA
www.ncpad.org National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
www.nagagolf.org National Amputee Golf Association
www.ampsoccer.org National Amputee Soccer Association
www.activeamp.org Online Connection for Amps w/ an Active Lifestyle
www.aopanet.org American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association
www.opcareers.org Orthotics and Prosthetics Careers
www.opfund.org Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund
www.limbsforlife.org Limbs for Life Foundation
Greg Baumgartner is an attorney helping people hurt in an accident and the founder of the Baumgartner Law Firm, a Texas personal injury law firm dedicated to helping families of people injured or killed in accidents. For a free no obligation consultation with an accident attorney call the Baumgartner Law Firm at 281-587-1111.