The main reason why a person needs prosthetics is amputation. This is the medical procedure wherein a part of the body, normally the arms or legs, is removed. The reason for the removal can be several reasons. One is diabetes. This is a medical condition that gradually damages the cells of the body. If the spread is not stopped, the whole body including the organs will be severely affected. This is the reason why people with severe diabetes should avoid having open wounds. Another one is cancer. Cancer cells work by killing the healthy cells of the body. It spreads rapidly therefore it should be stopped immediately. One of the fastest ways to stop the spread is by amputating the part of the body that has already been severely affected.
Another reason for a prosthetics is a lost body part due to accidents. Car accidents, for example, can damage the bones severely. In some cases, the bones become crushed and they are impossible to bring back together again. The doctor may suggest to completely remove that part and to change it to an artificial one. It is more practical as artificial ones are easier to deal with. This is the reason why you need to be careful all the time and you should avoid getting into accidents as much as possible.
When you have prosthetics, there are several things you need to do in order to keep the artificial part of the body in a good condition. First, you need to always check it and examine it. Depending on the type of material used, it may have cracks or it may wear out after several months or years. If you feel that something is wrong, you should immediately report it to your doctor to have it repaired immediately. Second, you need to lubricate the joint of the prosthetics once in a while. This will make movements easier. However, in case the joint becomes a little loose, you need to go to your doctor and have it adjusted. Third, you need to always keep it clean. As your doctor how to clean it properly but normally, soapy water will do the trick. Fourth, confirm what activities you can do with the prosthetics you are currently using. Some may not be designed for activities such as running or cycling. If you need to do other activities, have your doctor design a more suitable one for you.