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Rehabilitation after Lower Extremity Limb Loss

presented by Alicia White

Accreditation Check:

This course will provide a standard plan of care, including therapeutic exercise, to promote proper ambulation with a prosthesis. This course should be the most valuable of the entire series as it provides a therapeutic progression through all four phases of rehabilitation. The patient handouts will assist with home exercise programs and patient education, two key components of prosthetic rehabilitation. Understanding the progression of therapeutic exercise will provide the clinician with the appropriate skills to successfully treat any patient with an amputation.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Alicia White, PT, DPT, ATC

    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.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Four Phases of Prosthetic Rehabilitation

    1. Four Phases of Prosthetic Rehabilitation

    Understanding the four separate phases of rehabilitation will allow the therapist to determine an appropriate plan of care. The therapist can also use this tool to determine when it is appropriate to progress the patient into the next phase of rehabilitation.

  2. Edema Control and Residual Limb Care

    2. Edema Control and Residual Limb Care

    Post operatively, the therapist must learn how to control the edema to promote prosthetic wear. Also, the therapist must be able to educate the patient on appropriate residual limb care to improve long term function.

  3. Extremity Flexibility and Stretching

    3. Extremity Flexibility and Stretching

    Promoting a complete range of motion will improve ambulation with a prosthesis. This chapter will go over techniques to attain this goal through all four phases of rehabilitation.

  4. Postural Strengthening

    4. Postural Strengthening

    Promoting postural strengthening will improve ambulation with a prosthesis. This chapter will go over techniques to attain this goal through all four phases of rehabilitation.