Amputee and Prosthetic Physical Therapy Dothan, AL
Amputee and Prosthetic Physical Therapy
Our Amputee and Prosthetic Physical Therapy is highly successful in the evaluation and treatment of persons who have had an amputation of a partial foot, below the knee, or above the knee. Our therapists are experienced and stay up to date with the latest prosthetic devices and work very closely as a team with local Prosthetists and Orthotists to give you the best amputee and prosthetic physical therapy.
Our therapists help you as an amputee to first receive full whole person evaluation and our amputee and prosthetic physical therapy services – as would someone without any amputation history. This is because often, amputees have underlying postural and muscle imbalances, that if not corrected, prevent the best outcome and mobility with any prosthesis training. Then, significant evidence-based amputee evaluation is conducted including muscle recruitment assessment, strength, coordination, skin integrity, and pain/sensitivity of the involved limb.
To help you regain as much functional independence as possible, our amputee and prosthetic physical therapists help progress you so your residual limb and pelvis/core and opposite limb are all as strong as possible to assist with prosthesis control. Early intervention is provided to “wake up” an amputee’s residual limb muscles with neuromuscular re-education, and stabilization exercise training/challenges are critical for you to establish the residual limb as a “natural” functional part of your body. Early on, even upper body, trunk strengthening and assistance can be necessary so that you can support yourself on an assistive device and get your lower limb prosthesis gait pattern and balance to achieve full function.
For example, people with an above-knee amputation sometimes have difficulty establishing the functional mobility they need to use their prosthesis to its full capability in walking over uneven surfaces or up ramps/grades. Gaining control of the residual limb through appropriate strengthening, balance retraining can determine how well they are able to use their prosthesis. Depending on the area of the amputation, certain muscle groups, such as hip extensors, quads, hamstrings, gluteals, abdominals, triceps, biceps, and rotator cuff muscles, are important for increasing strength, especially in preparation for prosthesis use.
Getting appropriate physical therapy from the right therapist at the right time and in the right amount can help you or your amputee family member achieve the best functional outcome. When it comes to physical therapy, an ounce of prevention is certainly worth a pound of cure. Let Legacy Therapy & Wellness evaluate you and your condition today – to help you get moving, meeting life’s challenges at your best, and living your life fully again with our amputee and prosthetic physical therapy.