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Limb Loss Rehabilitation, Prosthetics and Orthotics

Dr. Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez examining a patient's gait on a treadmill while using new their new prosthetic leg.
 

Selecting, applying and getting used to wearing a prosthetic or orthotic device takes time and patience. Our team includes rehabilitation physicians, physical and occupational therapists, orthotists, prosthetists, nurses and rehabilitation psychologists who work closely with you every step of the way, helping ease your pain and improve function.

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Approach | Team | Why Choose Johns Hopkins | Resources

 

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Patient Resource Center
The Patient Resource Center provides assistance between appointments with your physician. For assistance between therapy appointments, please contact the clinic location.
Phone:  410-614-4030 | Fax: 410-614-4033

Prosthetics and Orthotics: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

Multi-Specialty Team

Each member of our team plays an important role in helping you get the training and develop the confidence you need to live your life to the fullest with an orthotic or prosthetic device.

Broad Expertise

We help people with limb loss, amputations, spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, sports-related or traumatic injury, diabetic foot problems and similar conditions through modern orthotic and prosthetic devices and custom care plans.

Specialized Care

Our team is experienced in helping people with upper and lower limb amputations, including those undergoing targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) and osseointegration to operate a motorized prosthetic.

Advanced Technology

Ease back into your routine by safely practicing walking and other activities in our advanced gym spaces or a custom-built courtyard at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

 

Our Approach to Limb Loss Rehabilitation

Our specialists are here to provide expert care during your rehabilitation and prescribe a treatment plan catered to your needs. You can learn more about our process below.

  • Your rehabilitation physician will start with a comprehensive evaluation. It includes assessing your everyday function, wounds, pain management needs, mental health and other factors. Based on this evaluation, we will develop a tailored treatment plan and coordinate care with other specialists.

  • You will probably have several questions about your new device and the logistics of living with it. We take the time to talk to you about what to expect in terms of pain management, recovery and function. Our rehabilitation psychologists are also available to help you prepare mentally and emotionally for changes in your lifestyle.

  • Our physicians will collaborate with devices specialists to understand your needs and help prescribe the most appropriate prosthetic or orthotic device. We frequently work with patients who require specialized or high-tech devices for a specific activity, such as running. Beyond the initial fitting, we can also help you with future repairs, replacement and upgrades.

  • Our physical therapists can help you:

    • prepare for leg and foot amputations or application of an orthotic device
    • maintain and increase strength, flexibility, coordination and endurance
    • transition to wearing a prosthetic or orthotic device with confidence and comfort
    • learn how to use a leg or foot prosthesis for walking
    • practice independent living skills
  • Among our occupational therapists, we have specialists in hand therapy who can help you:

    • prepare for arm and hand amputations or application of an orthotic device
    • develop skills to perform daily activities after the amputation with confidence and comfort, and avoid complications
    • learn how to use your prosthesis or orthotic in self-care, work and leisure
    • train in one-handed skills
  • Physician talking to a person with an osseointegrated prosthesis on their arm.Our rehabilitation team includes orthopaedic and plastic surgery experts who can provide the most advanced procedures such as targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR), regenerative peripheral nerve interface (RPNI) or osseointegration.

 
 

I like to think that I didn't have the foot amputated; I had it replaced. When thinking of it that way, I understand that I was not "losing" a foot, I was simply getting a much better and healthier one. 

- a Johns Hopkins patient

 

Our Rehabilitation Team

Limb Loss Care Physicians

Meet our Rehabilitation Psychologists

Orthosis and Limb Loss Therapists

  • Thomas Costa | Physical Therapist

    Certifications: LSVT BIG! Certified Clinician
    Expertise: amputee and prosthetics training, falls/balance, neurologic rehabilitation, orthopedics
    Location: Columbia
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  • Princess Filippi | Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist
    Expertise: hand therapy, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: Baltimore
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  • Mark Hopkins | Physical Therapist and Prosthetist/Orthotist

    Certification: Board-Certified Hand Therapist
    Expertise: amputee and prosthetics training, orthotic fabrication, prosthetic fabrication
    Location: Baltimore
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  • Kathleen Jefferies | Occupational Therapist

    Expertise: hand therapy, lymphedema, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthosis fabrication
    Locations: Lutherville and White Marsh
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  • Phyllis Kramer | Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist
    Expertise: hand therapy, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: Odenton
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  • Dawn Kutcher | Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, hand therapy, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: White Marsh
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  • Ed Lyons | Physical Therapist

    Expertise: amputee and prosthetics training, neurologic rehabilitation, oncology, orthopedics
    Location: Baltimore
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  • Jennifer Nicholas | Interim Team Coordinator, Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, hand therapy, lymphedema, neurologic rehabilitation, oncology, orthopedics, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: Lutherville
  • Kaitlin O'Sullivan | Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist
    Expertise: hand therapy, neurologic rehabilitation, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: Baltimore
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  • Joseph Reagan | Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist
    Expertise: hand therapy, neurologic rehabilitation, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: Lutherville
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  • Elise Rochford | Occupational Therapist

    Expertise: hand therapy, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthosis fabrication
    Location: Columbia
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  • Maria Rothenheber | Occupational Therapist

    Expertise: hand therapy, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: Baltimore
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  • Megan Shawl | Physical Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapist
    Expertise: amputee and prosthetics training, falls/balance, orthopedics, orthotic fabrication, running analysis
    Location: Lutherville
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  • Ryerson Stinson | Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist, Titleist Performance Institute Medical 2 Certified
    Expertise: hand therapy, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication, sports rehabilitation
    Location: Columbia
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  • Kenzie Worthington | Physical Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapist
    Expertise: amputee and prosthetics training, falls/balance, neurologic rehabilitation, orthopedics, pelvic health
    Location: Baltimore
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