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Approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the United States each year – 45% of amputations are the result of a trauma. Recovering from the amputation of a limb can be extremely challenging both physically and emotionally. NeuLife provides comprehensive amputee rehabilitation services to help patients achieve optimal independence and quality of life.

We apply the skills and knowledge of our multi-specialty team to provide continuous medical care, nursing, and intensive therapies to help post-surgical patients adapt to life after an amputation. Our treatment plans are customized to the needs, goals, and abilities of each patient. Depending on their goal, a typical amputee rehabilitation treatment plan may include:

  • Strength Building Skills
  • Therapies for flexibility, mobility & endurance
  • Proper wound care & limb management
  • Pain management
  • Ongoing support, education & training
  • Counseling Services

The unparalleled care at NeuLife enhances the patient’s journey and helps them build the skills necessary to return home without complications. Our trained team of clinical rehabilitation experts empowers patients to achieve their fullest potential. Read more about Residential Rehab.

Furthermore, here’s a comprehensive discussion on everything you need to know about amputee rehabilitation一what is it, what goes on in an amputee’s rehab plan, and how long does it last.

What Is Amputee Rehabilitation?

Amputation refers to the surgical removal of the whole or part of the extremity, such as the arms, legs, hands, or feet. Doctors perform amputations to stop a disease from spreading or during severe conditions. Some of the most common reasons are:

  • Cancerous tumors in the extremities.
  • Non Healing or infected wounds in the limbs.
  • Severe injury causing poor circulation in the limbs.
  • Neuroma on the limbs.
  • Gangrene or tissue death.

Losing a limb results in a permanent disability that can have debilitating consequences to one’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It affects the patient’s mobility as much as their self-image and confidence. So to help them cope after their amputation, doctors recommend patients undergo rehabilitation.

Amputee rehabilitation involves a set of activities and interventions used to enhance and restore the functional ability of an amputated person. Furthermore, it aims to increase their independence and help them achieve the highest quality of life possible.

Rehabilitative services might not reverse your condition, but they can definitely help put you in your most optimal health and functioning.

About Rehabilitation Programs for Amputees

Rehabilitation programs are specifically designed to meet each patient’s particular health and wellness needs. 

We understand the challenges associated with adapting to life after limb removal. That’s why our specialized amputee rehabilitation program is personalized to the goals and abilities of each patient. Every patient is different, requiring an individualized care approach provided by a collaborative team of clinical rehabilitation experts.

Our team works hand in hand to provide comprehensive services focused on helping each patient overcome their specific challenges and regain the skills to live a happy and fulfilling life.

Your or your loved one’s rehabilitation will start right after the surgical amputation of the limb. But in some cases, it can also begin even before the procedure itself. Typically, amputee rehabilitation consists of several different phases. Here’s a brief discussion on what goes on in each of these stages.

Pre-Operative Phase

The preoperative phase happens days or weeks before the amputation procedure. It involves health assessment and patient education, which are important in an amputation procedure. One of the major goals of this stage is to educate the patient and their family regarding the procedures involved and the post-surgical effects.

Here, your doctor should discuss with you and your family everything about the procedure, post-surgical effects, and the treatment and rehab strategy. This is also an ideal time for doctors to talk about the realistic expectations that you should have after the amputation. 

Acute Post-Operative

Right after the amputation, rehabilitation efforts would focus on post-surgical care and treatment, such as:

  • Wound healing
  • Pain management
  • Ensuring medical stability
  • Ensuring upper body motion and strength
  • Limb loss adjustment support and overall emotional support.

Although all rehab phases come with their own unique difficulties, this stage is extra challenging for several reasons. For starters, new amputees would have to deal with the physical side effects of the surgery (e.g. wound care and pain) as well as the emotional toll that comes with it.

Accepting their new body condition and state of mobility can also become a difficult feat. That’s why physical therapy is a critical component of this step so patients can immediately learn and acquire new mobility skills.

Pre-Prosthetic Phase

This phase continues to promote wound healing, pain control, mobility, and self-care. However, its main focus would be to prepare your body for prosthesis options down the road. 

Generally, this step involves building and increasing your body strength by introducing specific upper body exercises. Our team will also focus on enhancing flexibility and restoring body control in preparation for your prosthetic limb. 

Additionally, the pre-prosthetic phase also tackles residual limb protection, shaping, and deciding what type of prosthetic limb is suitable for the patient.  

Prosthetic Prescription

This stage involves casting and measuring the patient’s residual limb, then fitting the primary prosthesis. Your care team and prosthetists will check your prosthetic limb’s alignment, length, and fit, especially when walking, standing, and sitting.

During fitting, a physical therapist may also be present to assist in mobility while trying out your prosthetic limb.

Prosthetic Training

The prosthetic training phase helps you adjust to your new prosthetic limb and incorporate it into your day-to-day activities. Our multi-specialty team will help you learn vital prosthetic skills, such as:

  • Weight bearing
  • Balancing
  • Sensory reintegration
  • Gait training
  • Muscle re-education
  • Attaching and detaching the prosthesis

Additionally, the patient will also learn and practice basic activities, such as getting dressed and changing their shoes.

Community Reintegration Phase

This rehabilitation phase aims to help new amputees return to their activities and resume their role in the community. For this, we at NeuLife Rehab utilized a community-integrated rehabilitation program. 

Our Community Integrated Rehabilitation allows patients to practice real-world skills in a safe and supportive environment for a successful return to home, work, and/or school. We also provide the family and caregivers with training and resources to support a successful discharge.

Each week our clinical team evaluates every patient individually to gauge progress and adapt treatment plans. This approach keeps our patients motivated and focused on achieving the goals that matter most to them. 

This multi-faceted approach is the driving force behind our outcomes. Data indicates that all amputee patients at NeuLife were discharged home and achieved an average of 83% functional improvement from admission to discharge. Read more about our Inpatient Rehab Facility.

Follow-Up and Maintenance Phase

Amputee rehabilitation involves a lifetime of scheduled follow-ups, medical assessments, and emotional support. Even if you get discharged from our inpatient facility, we still encourage periodic check-ups and health visits. 

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How Long Is Rehabilitation After Leg Amputation?

The length of one’s rehabilitation after leg amputation may differ based on several factors, such as:

  • Type and severity of resulting mobility impairments. 
  • The current health of the patient
  • Family and social support.

Ideally, physiotherapy and gentle exercises should start soon after the amputation. After at least two weeks, practicing with an artificial limb may begin together with mobility exercises. When the wounds heal and symptoms subside after 2 to 4 weeks, occupational and vocational; rehabilitative programs may start. 

It’s important to remember that rehabilitation is a lifetime commitment for amputee patients. Even if you have already achieved your rehab goals and full functional ability, it’s essential to maintain contact with your care team or doctor. 
















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Who Is Involved In An Amputee Rehabilitation Program?

Our interdisciplinary amputee rehabilitation team draws on more than 200 years of combined experience in physical medicine and post-acute rehabilitation to deliver the highest quality of care. We implement customized care plans to help patients prepare for life after an amputation. Our multi-specialty team includes:

  • Physicians & Specialists
  • Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Cognitive Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Recreational Specialists
  • Dieticians
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Community Reintegration Specialists
  • Case Managers

Achieve the Highest Quality of Life Possible at NeuLife Rehab

Your life doesn’t end after your amputation. In reality, it’s actually just the beginning of a new and healthy version of yourself through the help of the leading amputee rehabilitation center一NeuLife Rehab.

We provide specialized patient care and personalized rehabilitation programs for patients throughout Florida and the southeast United States. Our professional multi-specialty team has years of experience not only in providing amputee rehabilitative services but also the following:

Additionally, we also offer different forms of rehabilitation, such as inpatient rehab facilities, residential rehab, and brain injury residential facilities.

Contact us now at 800-626-3876 to learn more about our programs and services or make a referral

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The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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