HealthSouth Nittany Valley Observes Limb Loss Awareness Month
According to the Amputee Coalition, approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the United States each year and are a result of a variety of illnesses or injuries. During April, HealthSouth hospitals across the country including HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital observe Limb Loss Awareness Month and celebrate the many inspiring patients they have helped get back into motion after limb loss.
Inpatient rehabilitation hospitals such as HealthSouth Nittany Valley play an important role in amputee recovery by creating an individualized therapy plan to help patients reach goals which may include:
- Improving muscle strength
- Learning skin care and prosthesis care
- Preparing the residual limb for wearing a prosthesis
- Learning to move safely through the home and in the community with and without a prosthesis
- Learning to perform daily activities with and without a prosthesis
- Coping and adjusting to new challenges
- Preparing for community re-entry and travel
- Returning to work or school including adaptations and accommodations
“Limb loss can be a hard thing for patients to accept, but our team of clinicians helps them adjust and regain independence through encouragement and customized care plans,” said Susan Hartman, CEO of HealthSouth Nittany Valley. “We are inspired by our patients everyday who defy the odds and adapt to their life following limb loss and even become more active than they were before.”
HealthSouth Nittany Valley offers an amputee support group the first Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m. in the outpatient clinic. The Amputee Group, led by Mary Gorham, DPT, focuses on community, support and education to live a full life following an amputation.
For more information about amputee rehabilitation services, call 814-359-3421.
About HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital
HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital is a 73-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout the Centre region and five surrounding counties, the hospital is located at 550 W. College Ave. in Pleasant Gap, and on the Web at www.nittanyvalleyrehab.com.
HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 36 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. HealthSouth can be found on the web at www.healthsouth.com.
Source: HealthSouth Corporation