Conditions & Treatments

Amputee Rehabilitation

Adjusting to life after limb loss is a journey. We're with you the entire way.

Amputee patient with SRN caregiver

Adjusting to life after the loss of a limb takes patience and resolve from patients and their loved ones. At Spaulding, we’ll help you find the strength — physical and emotional — to make the transition and live life to the fullest again. The Amputee Rehabilitation Program of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network provides comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation for patients who have experienced limb loss. From wound care, pain management and prosthetic fitting to physical and occupational therapy, you can count on expert care.

The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network offers expert care for the full continuum of rehabilitative needs, including pre-operative, acute post-operative, pre-prosthetic, prosthetic training and long-term follow-up of individuals with upper and lower limb amputation.

At every stage, our goal is to help patients maximize their functional independence, find emotional strength and confidence and successfully transition back to home, work and community. We know how difficult rehab after limb loss can be, but we’ll provide the expertise, encouragement and compassion you need to move forward.


Advanced Care to Meet our Amputee Patients' Needs

Our physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, prosthetists, psychologists, dietitians, social workers and case managers provide a patient-centric, interdisciplinary approach to help patients adapt to their condition and regain function and independence. Patients and family members take an active role in the process and are consulted in decisions about courses of treatment, prosthesis selection and therapeutic options.

Our Amputee Rehabilitation Program includes:

  • Pre-operative consultation
  • Acute postoperative care with pain and medical co-morbidity management, and psychological support
  • Pre-prosthetic residual limb management, education, and therapy services
  • Training in mobility, ADLs, endurance and balance
  • Peer visitation and support group
  • Expert prosthetic prescription, fitting, fabrication and training
  • Community reintegration including vocational consultation and recreation
  • Research in advanced technologies

We provide a full spectrum of rehabilitation services for adults and children, from acute rehabilitation and long-term care to outpatient therapies and skilled nursing care.

Leadership and Innovation

In the wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy on April 15, 2013, Spaulding proudly served as a major treatment center caring for 32 survivors. The Amputee program brought its decades of experience to 15 of the survivors who suffered limb loss, in some cases double limb loss, enabling them to take their first steps to recovery.

Even after their initial inpatient stay, many of our patients have continued on and outpatient basis, working to build their strength, learning their new prosthetics in the Spaulding Prosthetic Clinic and adjust to a “new normal”. By connecting with support groups and peer visitors through Spaulding they continue to get support and build connections. They also discover new opportunities through Spaulding’s Adaptive Sports Programs, such as hand cycling and adaptive skiing.

David Crandell, MD, Medical Director at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston; Director of Inpatient and Outpatient Amputee progams.


Spaulding is committed to research to improve the lives of amputees and discover new treatments in amputee rehabilitation. Learn about our current clinical trials and how to participate.


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Outpatient: 1.888.SRN.4330

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