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Newton, NJ, August 2013 – Newton Medical Center will offer a special program designed to teach people with lower limb amputations how to walk, run and move with more ease.
The Amputee Walking School will be held on September 7 at Newton Medical Center. The program is offered by the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Overlook Medical Center, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute and Newton Medical Center, in partnership with Next Step Orthopaedics.
By understanding the dynamics of how artificial devices, such as prosthetics, work, and how to use their muscles properly to control these devices, individuals with disabilities will be enabled to run, move from side-to side, bend down, jump, climb stairs and walk with confidence. With increased strength and flexibility, participants will be able to operate more efficiently, expend less energy and therefore do more each day without fatigue.
The Amputee Walking School applies hands-on participation techniques. Amputees go through the full-range of stretching and strengthening exercises, assisted by a trained professional and/or their spouse/family member. Amputees who are more advanced are taught how to run, while others have the opportunity to review the basic exercises, are shown advanced options to work toward, and are then coached in ways to improve their walking gait.
The program will include treatment approaches for improved function and a return to an active lifestyle, as well as instruction on advanced exercises and running techniques for above and below-knee amputees.
The Amputee Walking School was founded by former Paralympic athletes Todd Schaffhauser and Dennis Oehler. The program has been held for more than a year at Overlook Medical Center and has helped numerous lower-limb amputees.
The program is also open to orthotists and prosthetists, physiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, physical therapists assistants, certified occupational therapists assistants and other licensed medical professionals who wish to attend, and offers four credits approved by the NJBPTE.
When: Saturday, September 7, 9:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Newton Medical Center, 175 High Street, Newton, NJ
The program is free to amputees and family members, as well as Atlantic Health System employees. Admission for non-Atlantic Health System professionals is: $75. To register, please call: 1-800-247-9580 or sign up online >
About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, Newton Medical Center, and Goryeb Children's Hospital. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.
Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.
Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past five consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized six times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center in 2013 as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital in the state for treatment of heart failure, coronary surgery, hip and knee repair, treatment of breast, prostate and pediatric cancers and treatment of stroke. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Morristown Medical Center as a top hospital nationwide for cardiology and heart surgery, gynecology and geriatric care, in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list. Morristown Medical Center also ranked among the best hospitals in New Jersey and as a “Best Regional Hospital” for Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinilogy, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopedics as well as Gastroenterology and GI surgery, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology. U.S. News & World Report ranked Overlook Medical Center in 2013 among the best hospitals in central New Jersey and as a “Best Regional Hospital” for Neurology and Neurosurgery as well as Gastroenterology and GI surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology. Atlantic Health System is an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.