Learning to use a prosthesis takes time, great effort, strength, patience and willpower. What you will be able to do while wearing a prosthesis will depend partly on the level of your amputation. The best prosthesis in the world will never be as good as your own natural limb, but when combined with your patience and willpower, it can HELP you do whatever you want to do.
For doctors, therapists and other clinicians, the goal of care is usually quite obvious: cure what ails the patient or alleviate suffering. But sometimes, a patient’s goal for their care is not immediately clear. Dr. Mitch Kaminski, a family doctor writing for the Washington Post, learned that the treatment or answers an individual seeks can often be revealed with a simple question.
Each year, approximately 30,000–40,000 lower extremity amputations are performed in the United States. 30% of lower extremity amputations are performed above the knee (AKA), and 70% are performed below the knee (BKA). In every instance, intensive and specialized rehabilitation is required to adjust to a prosthesis and adapt in order to return to activities of daily living and the hobbies a patient enjoyed prior to surgery.
March is National Nutrition Month, a time for renewed focus on healthy eating habits that sustain us for life. Eating a well-planned, balanced mix of foods every day has many health and potential longevity benefits. Eating well may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, some kinds of cancer and anemia. If you already have one or more of these chronic diseases, eating well and being physically active may help you better manage them. Healthy eating may also help you reduce high blood pressure, lower high cholesterol and manage diabetes.
We are proud to announce that Pat Henry, President of RehabCare, has been nominated as one of 2015’s Most Admired Women by Today’s Woman magazine. Pat has been nominated in the corporate category by the editorial board of Today’s Woman for her career achievements. We would like to ask for your support of Pat by casting your vote! Individuals may vote once a day per email address. Voting ends March 31st at noon.
After discharge, there are times when our patients want to maximize the success of their rehabilitation by having continued access to the state-of-the-art equipment that helped them recover. A therapy maintenance program can be a great way for orthopedic patients to continue self-care and preserve regained function on one’s own time, under the supervision and counsel of trained therapists.
The Smart Moves wellness program from RehabCare enables our partner facilities to offer the services and guidance that aging adults need to stay active and independent, with or without chronic disease.
Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) recently introduced the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act (H.R. 775) last week in support of a permanent solution to the therapy cap issue that threatens patient access to essential care.
Consistent with prior years’ budget proposals, the 2016 plan seeks to pay for some of the unrelated priorities through cuts to healthcare. Rather than pursue reimbursement cuts to fund unrelated legislative proposals, as the President’s budget appears to do, Kindred and RehabCare support progressive patient-centered policy development that focuses on patient need and integrated care rather than artificial caps on services.
Cara Greenwald, PT, tDPT, Clinical Coordinator for RehabCare at El Camino Hospital Rehabilitation Center in Los Gatos, was published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation recently for her work establishing the responsiveness of the FIST test in inpatient rehabilitation.
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