The Amputee Rehabilitation at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center supports your physical and emotional needs resulting from the loss of limb due to an accident, illness, birth defect or cancer.
Our care program can prepare you for an artificial limb (prosthesis). We will help you learn new skills and adaptations as you advance toward a greater level of independence and a higher quality of life.
Patients often come to Ohio State for our comprehensive care and rehabilitation services following the loss of a lower or upper limb, including:
- Foot or ankle
- Leg below/above the knee or at the hip
- Fingers, hand or wrist
- Arm below/above the elbow or at the shoulder
Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?
Ohio State’s team of physicians, nurses and therapists is specially trained for after-amputation care. Our program also includes certified prosthetists – experts in fitting and adjusting artificial limbs to improve the patient’s comfort and enhance functional ability. Here are additional reasons why people choose Ohio State for help after the loss of a limb:
Personalized Care: You will receive a personal evaluation that helps create an individualized care plan to meet your needs and lead you toward your health goals. We will help you learn the skills and techniques you need to improve your abilities at work, home and social settings.
Unique Services: Orthopedic surgeons, prosthetists and physical therapists work together to manage your care. This clinical team employs the most advanced, evidence-based practice model to provide leading-edge rehabilitation services. Our clinical therapists offer innovative approaches while helping the amputee patient with advanced prosthetic technology.
Accredited Programs: We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognizes our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
Nation’s Best: Ohio State’s rehabilitation program consistently ranks among the best in the nation. As an academic medical center, Ohio State offers comprehensive medical expertise, the most advanced technologies and treatment techniques, and innovative care backed by research knowledge.
The Specialty Amputee Program offers rehabilitation services to help in each phase of your rehabilitation — from services offered in the hospital (inpatient services) to those offered after returning home (outpatient services). These services help you achieve your highest level of recovery.
We will help you:
- Achieve comfort and independence with your amputation if you do not have an artificial limb
- Care for your amputation, including wound care, phantom pain, stump wrapping and desensitization
- Choose the appropriate artificial limb for the best fit and function
- Prevent complications
- Return to driving, if possible
- Return to work and daily activities (walking and climbing stairs), if possible
Your Treatment Team
Your personalized treatment plan starts with a team of specialists who may include:
- Physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating patients with injuries or diseases
- Nurses who specialize in patient care, health promotion and disease prevention
- Physical therapists who specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility
- Occupational therapists who specialize in improving patients' ability to complete activities of daily living
- Prosthetists who specialize in fitting, adjusting and the care of artificial limbs
- Pain management specialists who specialize in evaluating and treating patients with severe persistent and disabling pain
- Dietitians who specialize in nutrition and dietetics
- Counselors who provide a variety of counseling, rehabilitation and support services
Your Treatment Plan
Your treatment plan is customized to meet your specific needs and may include:
- Consultation and evaluation
- Wound care
- Pain management
- Patient and family education
- Preparation for artificial limb
- Customized artificial limbs, braces, splints, canes and other assistive devices
- Fitting and adjusting of artificial limb
- Physical therapy with specially designed exercises and equipment to help patients regain or improve their physical abilities
- Occupational therapy to help people engage in activities of daily living
- Social work to help individuals enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning
- Rehabilitation counseling
- Nutrition counseling
- Introduction to adaptive sports and exercise to promote an active lifestyle and continue exercise following rehabilitation
Andy Hundley, PT, DPT, OCS
Andy received his Bachelor of Science in Allied Health with a minor in Psychology from Cedarville University in 2010. He then received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Ohio University in 2014. Andy has worked in outpatient orthopedics for five years with specialized training in custom foot orthotics, dry needling, functional capacity evaluations and amputee rehabilitation. Andy is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist and currently working in outpatient rehab at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Martha Morehouse Outpatient Care.
Mark Lower, PT, DPT, OCS
A native of Columbus, Mark graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University in 2011. He has worked in several patient care settings, including acute care and inpatient rehabilitation, and now works in outpatient rehabilitation at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Martha Morehouse Outpatient Care. Mark’s interests include treating patients with orthopedic conditions as well as patients with limb loss and limb difference. He also completes functional capacity evaluations.
Jennifer Swift, PT, MPT, OCS
Jennifer is a physical therapist, clinical instructor and program coordinator for the amputee program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Martha Morehouse Outpatient Care. She assisted in developing the outpatient amputee program and specializes in treating patients with lower extremity amputations. She is involved in teaching the amputee/prosthetic modules for Ohio State physical therapy students. Jennifer participates in a monthly multidisciplinary clinic for BWC patients with lower extremity amputations. Volunteer efforts include hosting/assisting with events for local amputee support groups, volunteering at a Challenged Athletes Foundation’s amputee running clinic and spending a week in Haiti in 2010 providing physical therapy to patients with spinal cord injuries and amputations. She is a board certified orthopedic specialist and member of the APTA.
Barry Burton, PT, DPT, OCS
Barry is an orthopedic clinical specialist and has worked in the outpatient orthopedic setting since 2012. He has a special interest in treating the chronic pain population and implementing behavioral interventions targeting fear-avoidance behaviors, stress-coping strategies and sleep to improve outcomes. He’s proficient in a wide range of manual therapy and hands-on techniques, including manipulation, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization and trigger point dry needling. He enjoys reading, writing and lounging around with his cat in his free time.
Jared Braden, PT, DPT, NCS
Outpatient Care New Albany
Jared has worked in outpatient neurologic physical therapy since 2011, five of those years at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Martha Morehouse Outpatient Care. He treats patients with a variety of neurologic injury and disease. He is the Parkinson’s team coordinator in Outpatient Rehabilitation and spends a lot of his clinical care treating patients with Parkinson’s disease. He also treats patients with multiple sclerosis, vestibular disease or illness, and other neurologic diagnoses. Jared has a special interest in helping patients and families learn physical management programs and strategies to assist in functioning with a neurodegenerative disease across their lifespan.
Jessica Donovan, PT, DPT, GCS
Outpatient Care New Albany
Jess Donovan is an outpatient physical therapist, the clinical Coordinator for the Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and an assistant clinical professor in the Division of Physical Therapy. After completing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University, she graduated from Ohio State’s Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency program in 2012 (GO BUCKS!). Jess is a board certified geriatric physical therapy specialist and spent the early years of her clinical career treating patients and serving as a rehab director in the home health setting. Since transitioning to Ohio State as an outpatient therapist in 2020, she has also joined the research team in the laboratory for Movement and Exercise in Neurodegenerative Disorders. She is passionate about serving the geriatric population both through clinical practice and inspiring the next generation of physical therapists to do the same.
Erik Phillips, PT, DPT, OCS
Erik received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2003, and then received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2005. He became a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy in 2010 from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and was recertified in 2020. He received a Master of Business Administration in 2015 from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. He currently works in outpatient rehab as an orthopedic physical therapist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Powell YMCA location.