People can lose all or part of an arm or leg for a number of reasons.
People can lose all or part of an arm or leg for a number of reasons. Common ones include
• Circulation problems from atherosclerosis or diabetes, resulting in amputation
• Traumatic injuries, including from traffic accidents and military combat
• Birth defects
Some amputees have phantom pain, which is the feeling of pain in the missing limb. Other problems that can occur include grief, surgical complications and skin problems, if you wear an artificial limb. Many amputees use an artificial limb. Learning how to use it takes time. Physical therapy can help you adapt.