Cynthia Macaluso, PT
What motivates me to do all I can each day is just watching how hard these patients work to achieve their rehabilitation goals and resume living life to its fullest.
Every patient brings a full range of complex physical, psychological and emotional issues to the rehabilitation process. This is particularly true for individuals who have undergone the amputation of a limb. The sense of loss coupled with physical and functional challenges can be daunting. However, Cynthia Macaluso provides the support and encouragement that enables patients to move forward with confidence and independence.
"Treating patients with amputations is about understanding who they are and what they are going through," explains Cynthia. "Treatment focuses on helping them to restore strength and regain mobility. We also educate both our patients and their families on residual limb and prosthetic management, as well as how to negotiate through the daily obstacles they may encounter."
Cynthia is part of a team of rehabilitation professionals that includes physicians, nurses, therapists, psychologists and prosthetists. Together they deliver an unparalleled continuity of care – from pre-prosthetic training and wound management to the design and fitting of the prosthesis, custom-manufactured to the individual's lifestyle needs. This enables the patient to move forward and participate in prosthetic training.
"We also offer patients access to a wide range of resource materials," adds Cynthia. "We encourage their participation in peer visits and support groups which give them a chance to speak with and learn from other individuals with amputations who have overcome similar situations."