Amputee Rehabilitation

Moving forward with limb loss

An estimated 1.6 million people are living with an amputation, and the number of Americans with a lost limb is expected to double by 2050.1

These individuals face a wide range of physical, emotional, psychological and social challenges. We are here to help.

A women with both lower arms amputated works to learn how to use a robotic hand to complete tasks with her therapist.

Your progress. Our program.

Our amputation rehabilitation program provides individualized care to patients with limb loss, from post-surgical care to community reintegration.

  • Our experienced teams of amputee rehabilitation specialists address the range of medical, physical, psychological and emotional issues you face.

    Our interdisciplinary teams are led by a physiatrist, a physician board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and includes rehabilitation nurses; physical, occupational and speech therapists; dietitians; case managers and other clinical and support staff, as needed.

  • Rehabilitation is an active process and patients participate in physical and occupational therapies for three hours a day, five days a week. Treatment is carefully integrated with and tailored to your goals and progress. The skills and strategies you learn in therapy will be reinforced by your nursing team.

    You will benefit from an integrated rehabilitation program that may include:

    • Expert post-surgical wound care and residual limb management
    • Hands-on therapies to enhance strength, flexibility, coordination and endurance
    • Advanced technologies that maximize treatment
    • Functional electrical stimulation to enhance muscle activity
    • Pain or phantom limb pain management
    • Wheelchair seating and mobility training
    • Peer mentoring and support groups for patients and families
  • Recovery takes time. Each patient is different and your length of stay will depend on your injury, goals and personal progress.

    When you’re ready, your case manager will coordinate your discharge with your physician and clinical team. They will also arrange for equipment and/or outpatient services and provide information on community resources that may be available to you and your family.

Our Patients Say It Best
Ralph's story
"I would highly recommend the hospital to others facing a similar recovery journey. You'll be in the right place. This is the best team."

Amputee Recovery. Let Us Help.

We will work closely with you and your family, physician and/or the referring hospital to ensure a smooth transition to RUSH Specialty Hospital - Inpatient Rehabilitation.

1Ziegler-Graham K, MacKenzie EJ, Ephraim PL, Travison TG, Brookmeyer R. Estimating the prevalence of limb loss in the United States: 2005 to 2050. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2008;89:422-9.