Amputations

Our life care plans consider the unique needs of individuals who have had one or more limb amputations. We also offer Life Care Plans and Vocational Evaluations on adult and pediatric cases involving a wide range of cases involving amputations. When developing a life care plan after an amputation, we consider whether the procedure was needed due to a medical condition, or trauma. In the immediate post-amputation period, rehabilitation is critical to teach ambulation in the case of a lower limb amputation, or functional upper extremity skills for an upper limb amputation. Post-amputation rehabilitation includes exercises to improve conditioning and balance as well as flexibility and strength in order to help patients tolerate the prosthesis. Residual limb (stump) conditioning promotes shrinking that must occur before a prosthesis can be used. We work closely with prosthetics experts to customize the Life Care Plan to the individual’s specific needs.  This is based on such parameters as age and activity level.  We customize the Life Care Plan to include the replacement needs for various prosthetic components and design a rehabilitation and accommodations program for each individual.