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Amputee Rehabilitation Program

Amputee rehabilitation at Good Shepherd offers a highly individualized and multi-disciplinary approach to care. Inpatient pre- and post-prosthetic amputee rehabilitation is available.

The goal of amputee rehabilitation is to return individuals with an amputation to their highest potential of physical function possible, helping to regain a productive, rewarding lifestyle through the use of technology and hands-on therapy.

Amputee Rehabilitation Care Team

Good Shepherd’s amputee team is directed by a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The care team meets on a regular basis to assess your progress and develop or adjust your treatment goals.

  • Physicians specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Physical therapists to improve movement and function
  • Occupational therapists to improve daily living skills
  • Recreational therapists to promote physical and cognitive skills through leisure activities
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Social workers and professional case managers
  • Psychologists
  • Dietitians to provide nutritional education
  • Pastoral care
  • Outpatient oversight by a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician specializing in amputation medicine

“When I first got the prosthesis, I asked [my physiatrist] if I would be able to dance again, and he said there was no reason why not.”

-Jean E., Amputation Rehabilitation Patient

Amputee Programs and Services

Levels of Care

Inpatient Amputee Rehabilitation Locations

The Amputee Rehabilitation Program, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), specializes in evaluating and treating:

  • Physical impairments from amputation, including difficulty walking, working or performing tasks of daily living
  • Swelling reduction, strength improvement and range of motion
  • Pain control and phantom limb syndrome
  • Prosthetic and orthotic needs, including prescriptions and troubleshooting

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital-Allentown
850 South 5th Street
Allentown, PA 18103

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit
2855 Schoenersville Rd.
Bethlehem, PA 18017

Outpatient Amputee Rehabilitation

Good Shepherd provides customized, interdisciplinary treatment that can include physiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, neuropsychology and nutrition wellness services. Outpatient amputee rehabilitation is available at a number of locations throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond.

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, also known as physiatrists, provide care to maximize function, mobility and independence in patients who suffered a stroke. Physiatrists are specially trained, and coordinate with other members of the treatment team to address patients’ physical, emotional, medical and vocational needs.
  • Physical therapy helps with exercises and stretching to manage pain, improve circulation, prevent muscle atrophy, reduce weakness and contractures of the muscles and to improve overall wellness. Physical therapists also help patients build the necessary strength to safely move between bed and wheelchair or from sitting to standing and walking.
  • Occupational therapy helps patients develop the skills for activities of daily living (ADL) so they can be as independent as possible. This includes exercises to develop fine muscle control, basic hygiene and eating, and help with assistive devices such as wheelchairs, spinal braces, orthoses, and special controls or equipment for the home.
  • Speech therapy to help patients whose breathing, swallowing or speech is impacted.
  • Neuropsychology supports patients’ mental health with a “yes I can” perspective. Neuropsychologists specialize in how brain function relates to neurological and physical function and helps the patient and their family face diagnoses, conditions, and disabilities.

Find an outpatient rehabilitation location near you.

Physician Services

Our team of highly skilled, specialized physicians are leaders in innovative rehabilitation treatments and technologies. Adults and children travel from all over the region to benefit from our expertise, compassion and leading-edge care. The Good Shepherd Physician Group offers physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry) and neuropsychology to fully guide your recovery.

Long-Term Acute Care Hospital

Patients who require long-term acute care may be too ill for discharge to a skilled nursing facility, an acute rehabilitation hospital or their homes. For such patients, the Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital provides care tailored to their complex medical needs, such as amputation.

Pediatric Rehabilitation

Good Shepherd’s Pediatrics Program is available for children with acquired or congenial limb loss.

Contact Us To Get Started

To learn more about our Amputee Rehabilitation Program, call our expert team at 610-776-3242 or fill out the form below.

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