AMPUTEE REHABILITATION - OUR AMPUTEE REHABILITATION PROTOCOL IS YOUR ASSURANCE THAT YOU WILL REACH YOUR HIGHEST MOBILITY POTENTIAL WITH YOUR PROSTHESIS
Fransien Rossouw Physiotherapist offers amputee rehabilitation including prosthetic gait training, to prepare the body to cope with a prosthesis. Doing prosthetic gait training is of utmost importance in preparing the body to walk with a prosthesis, and once fitted, to help an amputee gain his/her highest mobility potential.
The longer an amputee has not walked, the more difficult it may be to regain a natural and energy-efficient walking pattern once fitted with a prosthesis. Specialised prosthetic rehabilitation and gait training will help to activate and strengthen the required muscles in a functional way.
Learning correct gait technique with a prosthesis from the initial period of fitting eliminates bad gait habits developing. Physiotherapy rehabilitation performed to develop core strength, residual limb strength and range of motion (combined with gait training) is indicated for the first few weeks of prosthetic fitting, and if further training is required, rehabilitation can continue until the amputee has reached his/her full potential.
For an above knee amputee, special technique training for negotiating stairs and ramps, sitting down and getting in and out of a car with a microprocessor knee is also needed.
Our facility has a large fully equipped amputee rehabilitation room with parallel bars, ramps, stairs and other rehabilitation equipment.
Resident prosthetist, Eugene Rossouw, is passionate about providing his patients with the best possible prostheses and ensuring that they are enabled to use it to its full potential. As a team, Eugene and Fransien use their combined skills to rehabilitate the amputee in terms of safety during walking, healthy movement patterns, agility and negotiating different terrains.