Helping You Improve Your Quality of Life
LIMB LOSS REHABILITATION
Our skilled clinicians specialize in balance training and offer individualized programs for pre- and post-prosthetic training with close collaboration with local prosthetic providers. We are here to assist you during all phases of your lower limb loss journey whether that be at the transfemoral, transtibial, or transmetatarsal level!
- Post-amputation limb management education including pain and swelling management strategies
- Guidance and progression through graded motor imagery strategies for phantom sensation/pain
- Guidance through desensitization strategies
- Individualized strengthening and stretching programs in anticipation of prosthesis use
- Residual limb and prosthetic device management including education regarding skin care and device hygiene
- Close monitoring of wear tolerance with progressive wear schedule
- Household and community level mobility training with prosthesis
- Education and training to identify common gait deviations and prosthetic fit problems
According to the Amputee Coalition, there are over 2.1 million individuals living with limb loss in the United States with an estimated 185,000 amputations performed annually. In fact, it is estimated that by 2050 there will be 3.6 million individuals living with limb loss in the United States. Limb loss often leads to profound balance impairments, resulting in a significantly increased risk for falls. Studies suggest that annual fall rates in community dwelling individuals with limb loss range from 40% to 80%. One such study from 2016 showed that over a four-year period, 56% of participants with limb loss fell and 27% sustained injuries that required medical care.
Don't be a part of the statistics! Research has consistently shown the importance of physical therapy intervention during the first year of recovery following limb loss. In fact, research shows that with physical therapy intervention during the prosthetic training phase of recovery, improvements can be made in balance, walking speed/tolerance, and overall functional capabilities.
Join us at Maine Strong Balance Center and find out why the quality of our services is unmatched. Get in touch and learn how we can help you today.