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People who experience upper limb loss often begin their rehabilitation journey under the guidance of an occupational or physical therapist in their community. These patients are usually in the perioperative phase of rehabilitation and are feeling overwhelmed by the experience of traumatic injury or surgical amputation.
Our clinical therapy specialists are eager to collaborate with therapists across the country who find themselves working with an upper limb amputee. As the smallest subset of the amputee population—less than 10 percent—people with upper limb loss are seen less frequently than other categories of rehabilitation patients. We’re available to talk with local therapists by phone or in person, and provide in-depth educational resources to support the unique needs and challenges faced by these patients.
Terri Wolfe, OTR/L, CHT, Director
Hand & Upper Body Rehabilitation Center Erie, Pennsylvania
In the earliest stages of healing from limb loss, most patients express an interest in prosthetic rehabilitation. We can set up a complimentary evaluation with an upper limb prosthetic specialist at one of our seven Centers of Excellence around the country. This allows the patient and their family to learn about the range of prosthetic options, ask questions, and develop a path forward.
When a patient receives upper limb prosthetic rehabilitation at Arm Dynamics, our clinical therapy specialist will keep the local therapist informed of the patient’s progress. After they’ve received a definitive prosthesis and completed prosthetic training, the patient returns to the care of their local therapist. We stay connected with the therapist and the patient to provide long-term collaboration and support an optimal prosthetic outcome.
Therapy hours that are authorized for a patient’s local occupational or physical therapist are completely separate from any therapy they may receive as part of upper limb prosthetic rehabilitation at Arm Dynamics.
Our intention is to collaborate with local therapists, not compete with them.