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Rehabilitation after Lower Extremity Limb Loss

presented by Alicia White, PT, DPT, ATC

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Financial: Alicia White receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

 Non-Financial: Alicia White has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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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…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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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

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

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

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.

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