About the Amputee Rehabilitation Program
The Amputee Rehabilitation Program at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute (UM Rehab) provides comprehensive care for patients who have lost an arm or leg from either vascular disease or a traumatic injury. We offer both inpatient and outpatient services to help patients gain knowledge, strength and confidence to adapt to their new life. The care extends far beyond just the physical issues such as wound care, prosthetics care and physical and occupational therapies. To help address the psychological issues that come with losing a limb, the program also offers support groups and peer mentoring as well as introductions to activities such as adapted sports.
The Interdisciplinary Team
Ask any patient who has been a part of the amputee program and they are sure to tell you about the people who work here. With the patient at the very center, the team includes the family and caregivers as well as dedicated experts from several disciplines working together to provide care. These clinical experts include physicians with specialty training in physical medicine and rehabilitation; neurologists; certified rehabilitation nurses; case managers; physical, occupational, recreational and respiratory therapists; speech-language pathologists; clinical dietitians; psychologists; and a certified prosthetist/orthotist.
Some patients come to UM Rehab right after their amputation once they are discharged from the acute hospital. Once they arrive, patients are evaluated by the team. An individualized treatment plan that can include medical interventions, physical rehabilitation and psychosocial support is quickly put in place. The ultimate goal is for a patient to be able to return home. Patient’s progress is carefully monitored including a weekly meeting with all members of the clinical team to be sure patients are doing well and meeting their goals.
Outpatient rehab is available to patients who leave the acute hospital and go directly home after an amputation, or for those who’ve completed their inpatient stay at UM Rehab. Outpatient therapy is provided at UM Rehab or at our outpatient rehab therapy facility located on Lord Baltimore Street in Woodlawn.
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All patients undergo extensive rehabilitation to help them recover and get back to life at work, home and in the community. Our comprehensive services include:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Respiratory therapy
- Speech-language pathology
- Amputee Clinic
- Amputee Walking School
- Aquatic therapy
- Balance training
- Custom-fitting and ongoing assessment and adjustment of prosthetic devices
- Functional skills training (i.e. helping patients make necessary adjustments to their daily living routines)
- Integrative Medicine
- Mobility training – walking, transfers, bed mobility and wheelchair
- Pain management
- Patient navigation (to assist with navigating the health care system and accessing additional services in the community)
- Pre-prosthetic exercises
- Wheelchair Seating Clinic
Losing a limb is devastating. At UM Rehab, we offer support groups and peer mentoring to help patients learn from one another about how best to cope and adapt to life with an amputation. Support groups include:
Family members and caregivers play a vital role and are encouraged to actively participate in their loved one's rehabilitation. Patient education and therapy sessions offer excellent opportunities to learn more about a patient's condition and progress.
Available educational sessions include:
- Dietary issues
- Diabetic foot care
- Edema management
- Functional skills training
- Long-term prosthesis care
- Recreation and leisure
- Risk factor identification and medical complications prevention
- Skin care
During their rehab, patients are introduced to activities including adapted sports. Using modified equipment, patients can participate in golf, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and even scuba diving. It is not enough for patients to simply learn how to meet their basic needs. Sports is a part of our culture and at UM Rehab the hope is patients will become involved in activities like this. UM Rehab is a designated Paralympic Sports Club in the State of Maryland. Additionally, UM Rehab holds an annual Adaptive Sports Festival so anyone with an amputation can learn about the many sports and leisure activities in which they can participate.
For more information
Meet our team and learn more about the comprehensive Amputee Rehab program at UM Rehab.
Watch Angela’s story and learn how the Amputee Rehab program helps people with non-traumatic amputation.
Watch Ryan’s story to learn how the Amputee Rehab program benefits people with traumatic amputation.
For information about inpatient services, please call the Admissions office at 410-448-6620.
Outpatient appointments can be made by calling 410-448-6706 for UM Rehab at 2200 Kernan Drive, or 410-448-7900 for the Woodlawn location at 3104 Lord Baltimore Street.