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Amputation & prosthetics training

For the below knee (transtibial) or above knee (transfemoral) amputee.

Our amputee rehabilitation services will restore optimal function and minimize energy expenditure in your daily activities. We break down the activity of walking, or gait cycle, to master each individual part and then combine them to achieve a smooth gait pattern.

Regions Hospital Rehabilitation Institute works closely with your care provider to coordinate all of your care. We also have close relationships with prosthetists in the area to bring together an entire team for you.

Setting goals is important to a successful program. We work with you to set personal goals prior to starting treatment and then focus our care to help you achieve them.

Our services emphasize:

  • Balance retraining. This is essential for walking and will help with ramps, stairs and uneven terrain.
  • Individualized training of all muscles in the core and lower extremity. This allows your leg to move forward, backward, side-to-side, and in rotation.
  • Specialized gait training techniques to use the prosthetic limb.

Our rehabilitation program has four parts:

  • Advanced Balance Training – This involves equilibrium challenging and agility exercises. The goal is to further expand gait abilities, boost confidence in the prosthesis and encourage an active lifestyle. Simulation of recreational and/or return-to-work activities may be used.
  • Gait Training – Hands-on treatment by a therapist assists pelvic motion. This is important to provide the above-knee amputee with a normal gait pattern. Development of correct movement throughout the trunk, pelvis and both lower extremities is stressed to form the most efficient and comfortable gait as possible. Video treadmill analysis may be used.
  • Pre-Gait – Designed for both home and in clinic programs, this is intended to develop weight bearing, weight shifting and balancing through the prosthetic limb.
  • Strengthening – This targets key muscles needed for walking/gait. This is done at home for daily strengthening.