Programs & Rehabilitation

The Amputee Rehabilitation, Musculoskeletal Program is located in Halifax at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre. This program is a provincial and regional resource for individuals who have had burns, an amputation or undergone multiple surgical interventions secondary to pre-existing conditions such as: rheumatoid arthritis or trauma.

Who we are

  • An interdisciplinary team dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with these musculoskeletal conditions by providing comprehensive rehabilitation (clinical care) and education
  • Team members include professionals from:
    • Dietary
    • Nursing
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Pastoral Care
    • Physiotherapy
    • Prosthetics and Orthotics
    • Rehabilitation Medicine (Physiatrist)
    • Social Work
    • Therapeutic Recreation
    • Vocational Counseling

What we offer

  • Patients may be seen on an outpatient basis, an inpatient basis or through the Amputee - Musculoskeletal Clinic
  • Patients may have access to specialized services including Peer Support Program, Diabetic Clinic, Wheelchair Skills Program and Driving Assessment Program
  • The Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre is also the primary site for rehabilitation training for Dalhousie University and we are recognized by the national accreditation board

What we do - Our healthcare team may be involved in helping patients with the following:

  • To reduce post-amputation complications
  • Wound healing and nutrition counseling
  • To cope with and adapt to their amputation
  • To learn about leisure activities and community reintegration
  • To be fitted with and learn how to use a prosthetic limb, if appropriate
  • To be fitted with and learn how to use a wheelchair or other mobility aid
  • To learn how to do day to day activities and find out what aids may help them
  • To decide what modifications, if any, need to be done to the home to make it accessible
  • To learn exercises and how to take care of their limb

Family members and caregivers are encouraged to participate in their loved one's rehabilitation. Patient education and therapy sessions are open to families and caregivers and provide opportunities to learn more about a patient's condition and progress.