Individuals with Lower Extremity Amputations Invited to Attend “Amputee Walking School” at UPMC Rehabilitation Institute
WHAT: The Amputee Walking School is a free, supervised program to help people with lower extremity amputations improve their mobility.
- Local individuals with lower extremity amputations are invited to attend.
- Amputee Walking School co-founders and former gold-medal-winning Para-Olympians Todd Schaffhauser and Dennis Oehler will instruct the sessions.
- Len Cabacungan, M.D., a UPMC Rehabilitation Institute physician, and other Institute experts, including physical therapists, will assist participants.
WHEN: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12 and Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011
WHERE: Participants are welcome to attend one or both sessions, held at the following locations:
- Wednesday’s session will take place at the Hospital Conference Center A, UPMC St. Margaret, 815 Freeport Road, Aspinwall.
- Thursday's session will take place at the Clark Auditorium, Side B, UPMC Mercy, 1400 Locust St., Uptown.
WHY: People with physical disabilities, including those with leg amputations, have a higher risk of developing or exacerbating health conditions associated with lack of exercise, such as heart disease and diabetes. The Amputee Walking School offers support, education and inspiration to help participants learn to walk, run and/or participate in physical fitness.
For more information or to register, call (412) 648-6848.
This Amputee Walking School session is funded in part by the Gridiron Gaming fundraiser hosted annually by the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute. As the largest rehab network in western Pennsylvania, the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute combines clinical care and research to help patients regain independence and enhance their quality of life.
Note to media: Those interested in covering this event must contact Stacey Simon, at (412) 417-0825.