A single car accident may result in a vast array of injuries to people. In the blink of an eye, life as a person knew it before may be all but a distant memory. Traumatic brain injuries and damage to the spinal cord are just two outcomes that cause major changes for people. Damage to a leg to the point where it requires amputation is another catastrophic injury that has lifelong implications for people.

According to WebMD, legs are the most common body part involved in amputations. An accident may result in the leg being severed to a degree where it is unable to be reattached. A leg may also have sustained so much damage that the blood flow to it was cut off, essentially killing the tissue beyond repair. These are two situations in which a leg must be amputated.

The Amputee Coalition indicates that a person who loses a leg must relearn many basic activities of daily life after their amputation and after they receive a prosthetic leg. These include how to walk, how to fall without damaging the artificial leg or other parts of the body, how to sit, how to stand, how to walk up or down stairs and more. People who previously engaged in sports like running or cycling may also want to investigate their options for specialized prosthesis so they may still enjoy these activities to some degree.

Many amputees experience significant sadness and even depression after losing a leg. A grief counselor may become an integral member of a person’s recovery team along with an occupational therapist and a physical therapist.