Rebuilding body and spirit
Staff Sgt. Felix Chavez does side crunches as part of a core conditioning class in the physical therapy gym. The patients served by the center are soldiers, with needs and expectations that are often quite different than those of the average amputee. In the civilian world, a typical patient with a lower-extremity amputation is a 65-year-old diabetic, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Basic ambulation is the likely rehab goal. At the center, most patients expect to run, and to resume their previous lives.
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