Rehabilitation is an essential part of the journey to recovery for an amputee and we can offer the most important thing a human being can spend - time. Time to achieve your goals.
Losing a limb is a huge life changing event and our goal is to normalise living with a prosthesis.
In 2015 Dorset Orthopaedic introduced the first civilian Residential Rehabilitation programme in the UK. Taking a holistic approach to rehabilitation, our experienced clinicians and physiotherapy team work together to provide a multi-disciplinary team of experts ensuring not only that patients get the most suitable components, but the tools and knowledge to ensure they achieve maximum mobility and independence.
Our adaptive physiotherapy sessions can be incorporated as part of a treatment package with a new prosthesis or as a stand-alone service. We work together with our patients to discuss expectations, set goals and develop a clear strategy to ensure these are met.
For those who seek to enhance their recovery, we offer an accelerated rehabilitation programme - or Residential Rehabilitation. Often up to 5 days at a time, on a one-to-one basis, the programme significantly boosts both mobility and confidence. Historically people have been given a prosthesis and will receive physio but for only one or two hours a week. Individual physiotherapy is the gold standard - the more rehab you can get at an early stage, with the biggest intensity, as provided by our Residential Rehab programme, can certainly offer the biggest benefits and the most impact on changing people's lives.
All residential programmes are tailor made to suit individual needs and are suitable for all levels of mobility. These programmes are offered at both our Ringwood and Midlands clinics.
The programme will include:
A full and comprehensive prosthetic assessment including cast and measurements for a new, temporary prosthetic socket (for use when required). Fittings with the required prosthetic components, which will be tailored and adjusted to the individuals needs, by a Dorset Orthopaedic clinician. The patient will be continually monitored throughout their stay.
A Personalised treatment plan will be implemented from our clinical experts to include the conditioning of a patient's prosthetic rehabilitation with strength and core training to help improve stability.
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Residential Rehabilitation is a comprehensive and intensive course of interdisciplinary rehabilitation to fast-track patients to help reach their goals. Our team of Physiotherapists, Prosthetists, Orthotists and Technicians are on-site so all patient needs can be met swiftly and any alterations can be made over the course of their stay.
Mrs Joanne Gregory – Osseointegration Genium user
It was really lovely to meet everyone last week, I’m so very grateful for my time with Beth and the team - it was priceless!
I wobbled in, extremely lacking in confidence ..... after two days of a micro-residential stay, I walked back through my front door a changed person ..... eager to showcase my new evolving confidence.
Beth presented a multi-faceted intense two day workshop, encompassing part workout, confidence building, massage, gait training, hints tips lots of specifically tailored one to one advice, all with a Prosthetist on hand for added value. Great conversation was an absolute bonus. Time flew past and I left with so much more ...... I can’t recommend this service enough! I’m so grateful.
Scott G – Son of Kenevo user and Dorset Orthopaedic Client
I just felt it necessary to email to thank you for contributing to an unbelievable transformation in my Mom, KG since her first rehabilitation week on the 22 May this year.
For the last 10 years or so I shall be honest it has been a nightmare and even when the leg was amputated and the infection rid of, I never thought she would make the effort to get back on her feet. But she is a woman on a mission at the moment and it’s amazing to see! She now has the confidence and determination to go on from all this and it all coincides with her week at your centre.
From myself and all the family...thank you!”
Mr K, Dorset Orthopaedic client
"After losing my lower right leg in an accident in August 2016 I was in a hurry to start rebuilding my life. Dorset Orthopaedic provided me with the tools to take a huge step forward. The whole experience at Dorset was, and continues to be, both positive and encouraging. With friendly and attentive staff, lots of smiles and laughter and an endless supply of coffee and biscuits. After four days of residential rehab, with Beth as my Physio, I felt like a new man. James provided me with a superb new leg and with the expert guidance and support of both James and Beth I feel motivated and well equipped to tackle the future with confidence and enthusiasm. I'm looking forward to the delivery of my new Harley Davidson Trike! Thank you Dorset Orthopaedic"
Mrs S, Kenevo user and Dorset Orthopaedic client
“Dorset Orthopaedic and the rehabilitation package at St George’s Park has given me the chance to get further with a prosthetic than I ever thought I could. It has given me a lot more confidence to achieve everyday activities and a new found freedom”
Daughter of Mrs C, a Kenevo knee user and Dorset Orthopaedic client
“I felt really proud to see what mum had achieved over the two weeks. If only we had received the rehab 3 years ago, when she really needed it, who knows how much further forward we would have been now! We are so glad she has done it and what she has accomplished”
Ms S, Case Manager
“My client attended Perform at St Georges Park for the first time in January. This was also his first introduction to a microprocessor prosthesis. He made incredible progress throughout the week and benefited from consistency with his treating physiotherapist who saw him for an intensive programme during the five days he was there. The facilities were great and the location of the Perform facilities were within walking distance from the hotel which was ideal. Overall it was a very positive experience.”