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Mind over matter: Helping amputees regain their independence – University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Tuesday, 20 September, 2022

Mind over matter: Helping amputees regain their independence – University of Nevada, Las Vegas

There are more than two million people living with an amputation in the United States, with about 400 being added daily. For many of them, prostheses or artificial limbs are a part of their lives, and they need to relearn how their bodies move with their new limbs all over again.

The trick to learning how to use a new limb – and regaining confidence in movement – has less to do with the prosthesis itself and more to do with the mind, according to newly published research by UNLV physical therapy researcher Szu-Ping Lee. By adopting the right attentional focus during rehab, patients can learn new skills better and faster.

“Vascular diseases and diabetes are becoming more common and one of the long-term consequences is amputation,” said Lee. “It is important that clinicians like prosthetists and physical therapists apply the newest science so that their patients can learn faster and retain the skills that they learned better.”

Read more at: https://www.unlv.edu/news/release/mind-over-matter-helping-amputees-regain-their-independence

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