Following loss of a limb, follow these steps for rehab.
It’s best if you start seeing your physical therapist within 24 hours following surgery. You’ll get help with basics, like transferring in and out of your bed. And you’ll get assistance with pain management, an important immediate consideration.
Information for new lower extremity users.
Swelling will be an immediate concern for your physical therapist and prosthetist to address. You’ll learn how to promote healing of your residual limb by wrapping it to limit swelling.
Once you’ve been fitted with a lower-extremity prosthesis, you’ll work again on establishing balance and relearning your center of gravity. Parallel bars will help you as you shift your weight and feel comfortable with your new body. Again, this phase will be a joint effort of your physical therapist and prosthetist.
Once you’re regaining your strength, you’ll get help with everyday activities such as dressing, using the bathroom, and getting in and out of the car. And, of course, you’ll learn the essentials of hygiene for your prosthesis and residual limb, for your health and comfort.
Information for new upper extremity users.
In the early stages after receiving a new upper extremity prosthesis, joint strength and mobility are the focus. You’ll be retrained to use your sound hand for everyday activities, such as grooming and writing.
Once you have your new prosthesis, emphasis will switch to learning to control the new device. And you’ll learn good maintenance and hygiene habits to avoid pain, infection, and delays in getting full use from the prosthesis.
Information for new pediatric prosthetic users.
Fortunately, children adapt readily to change, which eases the transition to a new lifestyle. We have prosthetists with extensive experience in fitting devices for children, and we’re sensitive to their unique needs.
Of course, growing children often need special care so that their prosthetics fit their changing bodies. Our team will work with families and physicians to serve children while helping them maintain a positive self-image throughout their youth.