presented by Alicia White
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.
Dr. Alicia White graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University in 2004 with a degree in athletic training. She continued her studies at the University of Miami where she earned a doctorate in physical therapy in 2007. Dr. White worked at the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, Texas for ten years where she treated high-level patients with amputations in the military and civilian sectors. Additionally, she taught the running course for all patients with amputations that had a desire to run while being treated at the Center for the Intrepid. She has served as an expert witness in several cases concerning the functional expectations for patients with amputations. In addition, she has taught Prosthetic Rehabilitation at the US Army Baylor Physical Therapy Program and Adaptive Sports at Texas State University. Dr. White continues her passion for teaching running as the South Texas Paralympic Track Coach and within her own practice, Evolve Prosthetic Rehabilitation. Dr. White also treats pediatric patients with amputations at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.
Subjective and objective data collections are the foundation of all therapeutic evaluations. This chapter will provide the basic intake elements with specifics pertinent to this patient population.
Prosthetic advancements and increased requirements for functional based outcomes are necessitating more involvement from physical therapists concerning the care of patients with amputations.
Patients with amputations will have an abundance of questions that begin when they first meet you. By providing the appropriate education, you will gain trust, build rapport and together, you will create appropriate goals for the treatment plan.