BRISBANE AMPUTEE SPORTS CLINIC
Our physiotherapists have extensive experience providing amputee physiotherapy and rehabilitation to people who are keen to be able to play sports again.
We specialise in Paralympic Sports and are currently working with our amputee clients, many of whom are participating in CrossFit, Para Ice Hockey Queensland, Wheelchair Basketball Queensland and South East Queensland Wheelchair Rugby League.
WHAT WE DO WITH AMPUTEE ATHLETES
Sports Specific Amputee Rehabilitation: Did you know that 98.5% of Australians with a disability are NOT enrolled in adaptive sport/ leisure programs? We would love to change that. Empowering and rehabilitating individuals with amputations (IWAs) to the level that they are able to participate in physical exercise and/or sport. This includes targeted intervention to improve strength, skill, balance and endurance.
Managing Phantom and Stump Pain: Phantom and stump pain can be extremely debilitating after amputation. Our Principal Physio Winnie has years of experience working with amputees and uses evidence-based care to help you better manage phantom and stump pain. These evidenced based tools include: soft tissue work, TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine, mirror therapy, neuroplasticity training and western acupuncture.
Gait Re-training / Running: After lower limb amputation, you would face different challenges in the process of learning to walk with prosthetic leg/s. During gait analysis, we identify how you can best use your muscles to reach a walking (gait) pattern without exerting excessive energy. Once you have learnt how to walk efficiently, we work on further strengthening your core, improving your stride, cadence and power production to enable you to run.
Liaising with Your Prosthetist: We constantly update our knowledge about your prosthetic options from your prosthetist. Every amputee is different and we know that prosthetic legs come in a wide range of designs, depending on your circumstances, such as amputation level, residual limb length and size, skin integrity, body weight, the activity and the type of sports you'd like to participate in.
What advice would you give to those in a similar situation?
There's two roads you can go down. You can either choose the easy path or you can choose to be positive, and understand that what you're going through is a new process.