REGIONAL - 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.

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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.