While proper fit and an appropriate device are essential in O&P care, there are often psychological and social issues that play a key role in achieving optimal outcomes. Beyond physical fit and function, patients’ comfort with body image, device aesthetics, communication with their practitioners, and motivating factors for use contribute to successful rehabilitation. In this issue of The O&P EDGE, experts explore these important elements of the patient experience.
Years ago, prosthetic cosmesis generally focused on efforts to make the prosthesis resemble the sound side limb. Today, with the visibility of the Paralympics and advanced technological components, there has been an increased trend of people eschewing covers altogether and showing their devices. Covers are, however, still an important part of prosthetic care for many patients. “More Than Aesthetics: The Role of Prosthetic Covers” explores the options now available, including ultra-realistic covers, fabric covers that patients can change according to their mood or occasion, decorative elements built into the prosthesis, and high-end fairings. Beyond visual appeal, these options can impact patients’ self-image, interactions with others, prosthesis use time, and phantom limb pain.