presented by John Fergason
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.
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, WA. He currently is adjunct faculty for the Baylor Prosthetics-Orthotics Program and the UT Southwestern Prosthetics-Orthotics Program. He has lectured extensively on all topics in lower limb prosthetics, has many peer-reviewed articles and has authored multiple book chapters. While at Brooke Army Medical Center, he has developed the services from a small laboratory serving the local needs of the hospital to an international Center aimed at improving function for service members who have sustained catastrophic limb injury. His staff continues to treat the most complex patients seen as a result of battlefield injury and has become established as one of the primary military centers for limb loss.
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.
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.