During post-prosthetic care, patients will continue to build on basic prosthetic skills while also addressing more complex activities. The focus is on developing greater independence and addressing higher level skills. The occupational therapist will perform home evaluations and continue assessing adaptive equipment options. They will also address concerns such as returning to work, school and leisure activities, and provide referrals to resources for home modifications, driver rehabilitation services and work hardening programs.
Prosthetic success rates improve dramatically when a training program goes beyond basic prosthetic operation and addresses the specific activities that relate to a patient's own vocational and recreational interests. For this purpose, our occupational therapist may visit a patient's home or work place, and when necessary, evaluate the need for driver training. This comprehensive therapeutic program provides the individualized support that patients need in order to excel in their rehabilitation.
Phantom Limb Sensation or Pain:
After a limb has been amputated, some people experience uncomfortable sensations from the limb loss area. Although phantom limb sensation can be very frustrating, our therapists work with patients to use the sensations they experience to enhance the functionality of their prosthesis.
Phantom limb pain is extremely common among amputees and is usually described as burning and aching. In some cases, phantom limb pain is intense and can cause ongoing discomfort. We work to help alleviate phantom limb pain through a variety of methods including occupational therapy, massage, pressure liners, mirror therapy, counseling and medication.