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The Physical Therapist and Prosthetics

presented by John Fergason

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed with the technology that is available for your patients with limb loss? Just when you thought you had it figured out, a patient is referred with a system you are completely unfamiliar with! This course will assist you with understanding the prosthetic basics necessary to have successful early therapy sessions with your limb loss clients.

Meet Your Instructor

John Fergason, CPO

John Fergason, CPO, is the Chief Prosthetist at the Center for the Intrepid at San Antonio Military Medical Center. He was formerly an Instructor and Clinical Manager for the Prosthetics-Orthotics Program at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX and proceeded to become the Director of the Division of Prosthetics-Orthotics at the University of Washington in Seattle,…

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1. Prosthetic Prescription, Static Alignment, and Fitting of the Transtibial Prosthesis

The components of the transtibial prosthesis can be better understood in the context of proper terminology and the important prescription sections of the limb. This chapter includes the categories of the prescription, how to evaluate the static alignment of the prosthesis, donning and doffing techniques that relate anatomical landmarks to the socket, and how to relate skin pressure evidence to the alignment. These tools can ensure your physical therapy session will be off to a good start.

2. Prosthetic Prescription, Static Alignment, and Fitting of the Transfemoral Prosthesis

The transfemoral prosthesis is considerably more complicated in prescription, training, and utilization. In addition to the categories of the prescription, static alignment evaluation and evaluation of proper fitting, this course will cover the importance of knee placement and maintenance of knee stability. Use these tools to reduce what can be the intimidation factor of working with your transfemoral patients.

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Understanding Lower Extremity Limb Loss

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Treating a patient with limb loss has the potential to be intimidating to a physical therapist with no background of that patient population. With an in depth understanding of patients with amputations, the physical therapist will be better prepared to provide appropriate rehabilitation. The following lecture and supplemental materials will offer an evidence based knowledge foundation for treating patients with limb loss. Following the lecture, the physical therapist will be able to understand an appropriate approach for rehabilitation of patients with amputations.

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Proper documentation is necessary to create a plan of care for any patient population, as well as to justify treatment. Patients with amputations are a specific subpopulation with their own characteristics that require the appropriate attention to assist with treatment and patient education. The following presentation will address the components of an inclusive evaluation for patients with amputations. By focusing on subjective and objective intakes, as well as appropriate functional outcomes measures, the physical therapist will be better prepared to assist with goal setting and patient expectations. A thorough evaluation will provide the foundation for a successful plan of care.

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This course will provide the basics of gait training with a prosthesis. In order for a physical therapist to educate a patient to ambulate with a prosthesis, they must first understand typical gait. Incorporating the basics of typical gait with prosthetic ambulation, regardless of the prosthetic technology, will result in a functional movement pattern for the patient. Understanding the key components of gait training with a prosthesis will provide the clinician with the appropriate skills to successfully treat any patient with an amputation.

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Pre-Prosthetic Management of Lower Limb Amputation

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Pre-Prosthetic Management of Lower Limb Amputation

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Proper early care of the patient who has sustained lower limb amputation is critical for obtaining successful functional outcomes once fitting and ambulation with a prosthesis have begun. This course will present the current status of amputation etiology, incidence, and prevalence in the United States. Following this framework, a method of limb care and preparation will be presented as well as several treatment options that can be applied to the individual rehabilitation needs and prognosis of the patient.

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Understanding the Transtibial and Transfemoral Limb/Socket Interfaces

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Why is the interaction between the residual limb and the socket so critical? Many fitting problems can be solved if a full understanding of the socket biomechanics is gained. This course relates the forces that occur on the limb in each phase of gait, allowing the clinician to isolate issues that may hinder progress in therapy. It also explores why the training of the patient with a transfemoral amputation is so much more complicated. The transfemoral patient has no direct muscle control of the knee function. Knee stability and control are of paramount importance to maintain safety and stability during ambulation. This course will correlate the forces that occur both on the limb and the knee to each phase of gait. Problem solving can be augmented by noting the knee stability at each phase of gait and how the skin appears after ambulation.

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Recognizing Common Hindrances to Physical Therapy Progression

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Recognizing Common Hindrances to Physical Therapy Progression

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Your physical therapy sessions are valuable and often limited, therefore it is of utmost importance to recognize when a prosthetic problem is within your scope to correct or must be given attention by the prosthetist. This course will give you the tools needed to evaluate some of the most common pitfalls to physical therapy progression and either correct them when able or relay accurate information to the prosthetist for correction.

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