Before each visit to EX-Center, the patient is asked to respond to a detailed questionnaire. Treatment is then based on the answers to these questions. Each rehabilitation is tailor-made for the individual patient’s needs, priorities, and own desires. It goes without saying that we listen to our patients, and pay careful attention to any difficulties mentioned. Based on this knowledge, we try not only to solve existing problems, but a large part of our work aims to prevent future injuries, wear and tear, and other problems.
EX-Center’s team follows many of its patients through their whole lives, and we have patients of all ages. The team’s long experience allows us to learn from earlier generations and avoid repeating mistakes.
We follow our patients from parental support for their baby, pre-school, school years, higher studies, careers, moving from home, building families and right into the challenges of old age. All of life’s various phases need different types of support, some of them medical and some non-medical. We rehabilitate our patients to manage everything from the most critical (eat, clothe oneself, use the toilet) to functioning in working life and being able to take up or continue hobbies and recreational activities.
Treatment and support that EX-Center can offer:
With the aid of X-rays and other examinations, EX-Center’s physician analyses and eliminates various causes of pain or other medical problems. He writes prescriptions for possible prostheses/orthoses, or specially-made assistive devices. The physician provides, in collaboration with the rest of the team, grounds for a decision about surgery. The physician also decides whether other specialists should be consulted.
Our occupational therapists can assist with ergonomics as well as with finding alternative ways to do an activity, and with home, vehicle, and workplace modification. They also provide ADL training with or without prosthesis, and try out specially adapted assistive devices. The team has experience regarding arm prostheses.
Because of the patients’ extremity injuries, their bodies must compensate by operating in unfavourably extreme positions. In the long run these can lead to pain problems. Our physiotherapists are specialised in pain and injuries that are caused by compensatory movements. We also work with preventive training. The team has knowledge of the Walking School.
EX-Center’s psychologist is a great support to parents who must adjust to the situation of having a child with multiple extremity deficiencies. The psychologist also guides recently injured patients who need to adjust to a life without a limb/limbs. People with congenital injuries may also need much help from a psychologist. This is especially true for people with thalidomide damage, who often live with childhood traumas after having been abandoned by their parents, and in many cases being maltreated in government institutions.
Because our knowledge of patients’ problems and needs is much greater than the knowledge that exists at healthcare centres and with other caregivers, we also issue certificates for applications for other forms of support, such as:
• personal assistance
• car subsidy
• sickness benefits
• home and workplace modification
• disablement allowance
• care allowance, etc.