Rehabilitation Services Provided at our Center of Excellence
Most amputees should not have pain that interferes with the quality of their life. There certainly can be pain in the immediate post-operative period but this should respond well to oral medication and subside within three to four weeks after the amputation surgery. This pain is separate and usually treated differently than phantom pain. Phantom pain needs specific medication and careful follow-up so it does not become longer lasting. We use a team approach to pain management with many different modalities, not just medication.
Dr. Meier provides acute and long term management of amputation related issues. He is involved with all aspects of rehabilitation care, not just providing a prosthesis. He us very concerned about the emotional adaptation to sustaining an amputation, return to function in the family and community and return to work, when this is anticipated.
The types of prosthesis that are available have changed greatly in the past five years. Matching what is available to the needs and interests of the patient is a service which Dr. Meier and his team address directly through teamwork. As many options as possible for prosthetic restoration are provided to the amputee and the effort required in use of the prosthesis is explained.
OT is an invaluable therapy provided for both upper and lower extremity amputees. While OT often focuses on arm and upper body issues, OT in our setting also fccuses on body posture, achieving desired activities of daily living, pain. Management, driving and return to work.
PT in our setting focuses on mobility skills, total body conditioning, balance training,pain management and prosthetic training. Achieving the best walking function is also desirable but we focus on much more than just walking. PT also explains how to achieve the desired level of function and the approximate time to achieve this function.
The emotional adaptation to amputation is often the most important thing our team can work towards. We do this with input from psychology and social work counseling and include the family, when appropriate. Dr. Meier can also be involved with medication management for achieving emotional stability.