San Diego rehab therapy center draws wounded soldiers
Since it opened in October 2007, a San Diego rehab therapy center has grown into a popular choice for American troops recovering from amputations and other traumatic injuries.
The Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care center, or the C5, is located at the San Diego Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park, the San Diego Union Tribune reports.
Using a combination of virtual-reality therapy, computer-assisted gait analysis and prosthetics, therapists at C5 aim to help injured soldiers regain their balance and return to activities they enjoyed prior to their injuries.
"The biggest thing that we do is try to show them they still have choices," Chis Chandler, a Paralympics liaison and director of adaptive-sports activities for the center, told the news source.
He added, "You can still do whatever it is you want to do."
C5 is part of a nationwide upsurge in the study of military medicine that has emerged in the practice of physical therapy, as the number of injured troops has increased.
Last summer, prosthetists, physical therapists and physicians from the U.S. Defense and Veterans Affairs Departments attended an amputee care workshop hosted by the C5 staff in San Diego.
Treatments for amputees include the use of mirror therapy to curb what is known as "phantom limb pain."
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