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Amputation rehabilitation

Lady rehabbingFor people living with limb loss, we are developing innovative ways to improve patient outcomes and experiences, whether limb loss is due to trauma, cancer, diabetes, vascular diseases or another cause.

Current research projects:

  • Understanding the impact of limb loss to the individual and to the health care system.
  • Exploring the use of new technologies ( 3D-printing) & designing new prosthetics (thumb prosthesis).
  • Exploring the potential of using 3-D printed prosthetic sockets for less invasive fittings for patients and for reduced production time, allowing patients to get their prosthetics sooner. (funded by the Physician Services Inc. Foundation & the Ontario Association for Amputee Care).
  • Developing a quality of life patient-reported outcome (funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research).
  • Understanding the financial burdens of people living with limb loss.
  • Developing and assessing new psychosocial models of care to help treat depression and anxiety.
  • Examining the relationship between phantom pain and telescoping.
  • Developing an internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy program for people with lower limb loss.

If you are interested in participating in amputation research at St. John’s Rehab, contact Jorge Rios at 416-226-6780 ext. 57450 or at for more information.