Occupational Therapy for Amputation

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults who have lost a limb to amputation. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with amputation?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with amputation in several ways:

1. Assistive device training:

Occupational therapists can teach individuals with amputation how to use and adjust prosthetic limbs or other assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, or walkers. They guide patients through the process of adapting to these devices and help them regain independence in their daily activities.

2. Activities of daily living (ADL) training:

Occupational therapists work with amputees to develop strategies and techniques to carry out daily activities, including dressing, bathing, grooming, cooking, and household chores. They may suggest modifications to the environment or recommend adaptive equipment to facilitate tasks and enhance functionality.

3. Upper body strengthening and coordination:

Since individuals with lower limb amputations rely more on their upper bodies for mobility, occupational therapists can design and implement exercises to strengthen and improve coordination in the arms, shoulders, and core muscles. This helps compensate for the loss of lower limb function and improves overall functional capacity.

4. Pain management:

Amputation often leads to residual limb pain or phantom limb pain. Occupational therapists can employ various pain management techniques, such as positioning, desensitization, and sensory re-education, to alleviate pain and maximize function.

5. Psychosocial support:

Dealing with the loss of a limb can lead to emotional distress, anxiety, and depression. Occupational therapists provide emotional support to help individuals cope with these challenges. They also assist in the identification of adaptive strategies and assistive technologies to facilitate engagement in meaningful activities.

6. Community reintegration:

Occupational therapists help individuals with amputation reintegrate into their communities by addressing barriers and challenges they may face in their home, work, or leisure environments. They may recommend modifications, adaptations, or accommodations in various settings to promote participation and independence.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to enhance the quality of life for individuals with amputation by maximizing their functional abilities, improving independence, and addressing their physical, psychological, and social needs.

Services for children, adolescents and adults

We have occupational therapists who work with  children, adolescents and adults, and we have therapists who have experience with amputation. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for amputation

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients. 

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If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with amputation in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician. 

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.  

How does online occupational therapy work?

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic.

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