presented by Alicia White
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.
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.
This is it! This chapter will discuss the key components of basic prosthetic training for a patient with a transfemoral amputation and provide techniques to promote proper gait patterns with a prosthesis.
We'll continue our discussion of the key components of basic prosthetic training for a patient with a transitibial amputation and provide techniques to promote proper gait patterns with a prosthesis.
Most patients will consider the ability to ambulate on even surfaces for a majority of their day a successful prosthetic rehabilitation. Other patients will demand more. This chapter will touch on stairs, running, hiking, and access to adaptive sports.
This course would be remiss if it did not mention the future of prosthetic rehabilitation. Of course, prosthetic technologies will continue to advance the field, but we have recently seen significant advances to surgical techniques as well.