Amputee Rehabilitation

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ProActive Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation therapists have a passion for providing high quality therapy to individuals who have any type of amputation throughout the rehabilitation process that begins pre-operatively and continues until the maximum functional level is achieved (including work and athletic pursuits.) Several unique characteristics of the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) bring together a "perfect storm" of factors that result in a higher-than-average population of individuals with amputation. The area has a level 1 trauma center, a regional burn center, an extensive medical community with several orthopedic and vascular surgery groups, and a variety of manufacturing plants. Augusta has been described as "the buckle of the stroke belt" with heredity and lifestyle factors that contribute to stroke, cardiovascular disease and many chronic medical problems known to be risk factors for amputation. As a result, ProActive physical therapists have training and experience treating hundreds of amputees since 1989. We have expertise training clients to use all types of prosthetics, including upper extremity body-powered, myoelectrics and hybrids; and lower extremity mechanical and microprocessor-controlled. We have treated dozens of bilateral amputees using both conventional prostheses and foreshortened prostheses ("stubbies".) We have enjoyed training both above- and below-knee amputees to run, play basketball, golf and play disc golf.

ProActive Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation uses an eclectic treatment approach to meet the complex needs of amputees. Our facility features an overhead ceiling harness system to allow over-ground and treadmill walking without the possibility of falling. We collaborate with all prosthetic providers in the CSRA to achieve optimal outcomes.

Diane Wilson, PT, CEAS II has published articles on the topic of amputee rehabilitation, presented seminars for continuing education units to Workers Compensation case managers and other rehabilitation professionals, volunteered to perform gait assessment and training at national amputee conferences, and facilitated an amputee support group.