Rusk offers specialized inpatient services targeted to the needs of patients who have undergone amputation. Our physical therapists play a central role in both the pre-prosthetic and prosthetic training phases of this rehabilitation process.
During the preprosthetic training program, the emphasis in physical therapy is placed on education and training in a variety of areas, including edema control and shaping of the residual limb through wrapping with Ace bandages, skin desensitization techniques, skin assessment, care and pressure relief, posture, strength and range of motion. Patients will practice fall prevention, coordination, stair negotiation, transfers and endurance exercises. Assessment of the home environment to include wheelchair accessibility also takes place during this phase.
During the prosthetic training program, patient education continues and is augmented with gait analysis and coordination of care with the prosthetist to address deviations, instruction in the wear and care of the prosthesis, assessment of proper prosthetic fit, and possible participation in community excursions to navigate revolving doors, escalators, buses, subways and taxis.