Beaumont Rehabilitation Department's Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinic assists individuals with initiating prosthetic and orthotic fittings, as well as managing follow-up care.
The art of prosthetics refers to replacing a missing part of a limb with an artificial device. The art of orthotics refers to providing a splint or dynamic brace for a portion of the body part that requires extra support or assist. Advancements in both areas have created various options to best suit an individual's specific needs and lifestyle. The program begins with an evaluation by a physical medicine resident physician working in conjunction with Martin Tamler, M.D., or Randi Long, M.D., physiatrists who specialize in this area. Dr. Tamler serves as the Program Director of the PM&R residency program at Beaumont.
Additionally, he serves as Director of Subacute Rehabilitation, Director of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and Director of Orthotics and Prosthetics. Dr. Long completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. As a Major in the U.S. Army, Dr. Long served previously as Director of the Amputee Clinic at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and was Associate Professor of Neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
- CVA (stroke)
- Experienced amputee with skin or prosthetic concerns
- Multiple sclerosis
- Post-polio syndrome
- Recent amputation
- Spinal cord injury
Therapy coverage depends on the individual's insurance benefits. Discount programs are available to those who qualify.
- A team approach
- A comprehensive evaluation by a specialized physical medicine and rehabilitation physician
- An evaluation and consultation with a prosthetist or orthotist providing expertise regarding the most appropriate device
- Referral to a Physical or Occupational Therapist specializing in the treatment of amputees, if appropriate, to either the Royal Oak or Troy site