Amputee Rehabilitation

St. Charles is a leading rehabilitation expert in New York and hosts Long Island's only CARF-accredited inpatient rehabilitation program. Our amputee rehabilitation program provides acute rehabilitation, as research has shown that rehabilitative care delivered at this level of intensity offers improved patient outcomes when compared to subacute care.

At St. Charles, we aim to empower adults to reclaim their lives, helping them to adjust, both physically and emotionally, at each stage following limb-loss. 

Children with amputations are treated through St. Charles’ Pediatric Rehabilitation Program.

Patients will learn:

  • How to care for their residual limb
  • Methods for managing pain and “phantom” residual limb pain
  • Strategies to prevent additional changes at the amputation site
  • The added health risks of smoking, poor diet, or lack of exercise for amputees

Phase One is for patients who have not yet received a prosthesis.  During this phase, patients give their bodies the chance to heal from surgery. They also learn to move around and perform physical tasks with assistive devices such as crutches, canes, walkers or “reachers” and “grip and grab” tools.

Once patients have received a new prosthesis, they may return to St. Charles for Phase Two. Although this phase may require another stay on the acute rehabilitation unit, some patients are able to undergo prosthetic training on an outpatient basis at St. Charles.

Phase Two involves mobility training and patients practice daily tasks while wearing their new prosthesis.

Prosthetic training includes:

  • Proper fitting and wearing of prosthesis
  • Balance training
  • Learning to move around and perform physical tasks while wearing the prosthesis

Features of the Amputee Rehabilitation Program at St. Charles include:

  • Intensive Therapy: Core therapies (physical therapy and occupational therapy) provided a minimum of three hours per day, five days a week. Research shows that this level of intensity, referred to as acute rehabilitation, delivers improved outcomes when compared to subacute care.
  • Expert Care: St. Charles has 8 board-certified physicians on staff specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. St. Charles nurses are certified rehabilitation registered nurses (CRRNs). Together, our rehab doctors and nurses provide 24-hour care to our patients with an amputation.
  • A Customized, Team-based Treatment Approach:Because every person is unique, rehabilitation treatment plans at St. Charles are customized to each patient, who is supported by their own personal team of clinicians who posses specific expertise in their respective areas. The team collaborates to keep patients motivated as they work to improve their ability to move and care for themselves.
  • An Immersive Rehabilitation Environment: The first rehabilitation module of its kind on Long Island, Downtown St. Charles enables patients who are still in the hospital to apply adaptive skills in a full-scale home and community environment.
  • Complimentary Treatments: St. Charles offers complimentary treatments not widely available elsewhere, such as acupuncture for pain management. These are offered in conjunction with, rather than in place of, mainstream medicine.
  • Amputee Education Program
  • Falls Prevention and Home Education Program designed to empower patients and prevent falls after discharge.
  • Referral to Community Resources: To help ease the transition to home, St. Charles can inform our patients about the many resources available to those who have lost a limb, such as vocational assessment, driver training, recreational opportunities and home modifications.

Continue Your Rehabilitation With St. Charles After Discharge

Patients discharged from our acute rehabilitation hospital programs can continue their rehabilitation through any of our Outpatient Rehabilitation Network locations across Long Island.

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Continue Your Rehabilitation With St. Charles After Discharge

Patients discharged from our acute rehabilitation hospital programs can continue their rehabilitation through any of our Outpatient Rehabilitation Network locations across Long Island.

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St. Charles Maintains Highest Rehabilitation Accreditation; Adds Brain Injury Specialty

St. Charles has achieved its third consecutive three-year accreditation in Rehabilitation and added specialty accreditation in Brain Injury Rehabilitation from CARF International, the global leader in rehabilitation accreditation.

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