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For Evaluation and Performance Improvement

The amputee program within our Sugar House Therapy Services helps patients regain motor skills and use their muscles after an amputation. Using therapy in our outpatient clinic, we strive to help patients adjust to living with an amputation.

We start therapy as soon as patients are discharged from the hospital. We support patients during the process of getting a prosthetic, and then focus on helping patients learn to use their prosthetic device.

We work closely with patients to set specific goals that meet their recovery needs.

 

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Unique Recovery Tools for Amputees

We offer unique tools to help you adjust to your prosthetic quickly: 

  • Our overhead track system helps patients practice challenging balance activities by using a harness.
  • Our Alter-G antigravity treadmill helps patients practice walking without having to hold the full weight of their body.
  • Our Drive Rehab Program prepares amputees to drive using a special vehicle adapted for drivers who have injuries.

 

Monthly Support Group

We also offer a monthly amputee support group called Sky’s the Limb-It. Our support group helps amputees at any stage of their recovery adjust to living with an amputation and is designed for people with amputations, family members, and caregivers. We feature a different speaker or activity every month.

Date: 4th Tuesday of most months (We take July off. However, we may host the support group on a different date depending on the activity.)

Time: 6 pm

Location: Sugar House Health Center, 3rd Floor Conference Room
1280 East Stringham Avenue,
Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Contact Spencer Thompson at spencer.thompson@hsc.utah.edu for more questions.

 

Interdisciplinary Care

Our physical therapists are part of the interdisciplinary amputee clinic at University of Utah Hospital. Our team includes:

  • a physician,
  • a prosthetist (a provider who specializes in helping patients use prosthetic devices),
  • and a physical therapist.

We work closely with your prosthetist and physician, ensuring you receive the best care.

Community-Based Research

Our therapists and clinicians participate in a number of community-based research projects to make living with an amputation easier.