The Process & Therapy Options

This year in the United States, more than 150,000 people will experience the loss of a limb. Our ultimate goal at Superior Orthotics & Prosthetics is to restore life for you, our patients. That process begins before amputation happens and continues all the way through physical and occupational therapy.

The Process

At Superior, we understand that our patients come in all ages, sizes and levels of amputation. Some will be infants, born without a limb. Others will be in serious accidents where a limb will be traumatically and permanently injured. Most, however, will suffer from diabetes, vascular disease or cancer, resulting in an amputation. Regardless of your situation, Superior is here and ready to help you through every aspect of your care.

Superior offers a complete team of healthcare professionals, including prosthetists, physical therapists and occupational therapists, who will all work together with you and communicate with each other continuously during the pre-amputation and immediate post-amputation planning and care process.

The prosthetist is a key member of the Superior rehab team. He or she will discuss prosthetic options and the optimal length of your residual limb with the surgeons before they perform the amputation or final limb revision.

When you are ready for a prosthesis, the prosthetist will evaluate you and casts the residual limb. Once those measurements are taken and used to develop a full-scale model of the residual limb, Superior's on-site technician team can fabricate your new socket.

Once the socket is ready, state-of-the-art components for both upper- and lower-limb prostheses can be added to help you return to a high level of function.

Physical Therapy

Superior's physical therapy team is highly dedicated to helping you return to the highest level of activity you wish to achieve. Whether you are retired, returning to work or want to continue to play sports, our physical therapists direct rehab towards achieving your goals using an extensive program of home and gym therapies.

Occupational Therapy

Superior's occupational therapy service uses state-of-the-art resources and will provide you with the best possible care. Our occupational therapists focus their training on the following areas:

  • Activities of daily living, including basic personal hygiene, dressing, feeding and toileting, as well as more complex tasks like writing, cooking, manipulating objects and driving.
  • Upper-extremity residual limb management, including skin care techniques, how to maintain or improve strength, and how to use a myoelectric or body-powered prosthesis.
  • Community reintegration activities to help you and your family members navigate through your environment.
  • Identification of physical, emotional, and mental obstacles as a new amputee. Adjusting to these barriers is an important element in your therapy process. At Superior, we believe in treating you as a complete patient, including your family members. We want to hear what your barriers are to help you overcome them.

Amputee Advocacy Program (Amp UP)

One of the most beneficial options to help recent amputees regain confidence and move forward is to talk with other amputees who have had similar experiences. The loss of a limb isn't just a physical challenge. It's an emotional challenge as well.

The support you need is available through Superior's amputee advocacy program, called Amp UP. Each of these unique individuals has come face-to-face with significant trauma or disease that has brought new meaning and focus to his or her life. They're comfortable talking with you to answer any questions you may have and can visit you in our office or in the hospital, or even just on the phone.

If you need to talk to someone, call Superior at 615.340.0068 and we'll pair you with someone on our Amp UP team that can be there for you.