Amputee Rehabilitation Program - Orthotics & Prosthetics

Amputee Rehabilitation

Penn State Hershey Medical Center offers a comprehensive rehabilitation program for patients who have had upper or lower extremity amputations. This program is designed to provide education and training to individuals with an amputation so that they may continue to function independently in their everyday environments either before or after prosthetic introduction. We use a comprehensive team approach to provide each individual with specialized care that meets their needs. Services include medical services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social services and prosthetic consultation. Our team is dedicated to working with the patient and his family in order to provide quality care.

The patient is always an active member of the team and will be involved in formulating treatment goals. Goals of treatment may include:

  • Independence in care for a residual limb before, during, and after prosthetic wear
  • Prosthetic information, prescription and fit
  • Independence in application and removal of a prosthesis
  • Independence performing daily routines such as caring for self, managing a home, and performing vocational and leisure activities
  • Independence in mobility
  • Driving through our adaptive driving program
  • Community reentry
  • Patient and family education
  • Developing coping skills for the patient and significant others


Depending upon the needs and stage of recovery (new amputation versus well-healed amputation), our program offers both acute inpatient at the Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Center and outpatient rehabilitation. A patient may be recommended for an inpatient stay if he exhibits impairment in activities of daily living and mobility or is unable to function in a safe manner. The individual must be medically stable and have reasonable expectation of returning home. A patient may be recommended for outpatient training if they already function safely in their home environment but need pre-prosthetic or prosthetic training.

No matter which option best suits the patient’s needs, both will provide the same skilled approach to treatment and allow access to all other services at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, including our diabetic foot clinic. With either inpatient or outpatient treatments, a referral from a hospital or personal family physician will be required. Your physician will direct you to our rehabilitation referral coordinator who will then review you for admission based on the above criteria.

To make a referral or receive information about this program, call (717) 531-8070.