Outcomes and Advances in Prosthetic Rehabilitation for People With Limb Loss
Section: Federal PT Section
Session Code: FD-P2-8440
Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 143C
Registration Fee Required: 1A

Speaker(s):   Robert Gailey, PT, PhD
  Ignacio Gaunaurd, PT, MPT, PhD
  Anat Kristal, PT, MSc
  Paul Pasquina, MD
  Barbara Springer, PT, PhD
  Allison Symsack, PT, DPT

Session Type: Preconference Courses
Session Level: Intermediate

Over the past 2 decades rehabilitation for people with limb loss has accelerated at a rapid pace, as a result of government-funded research and the care of our returning wounded warriors. Surgical procedures have introduced osseointegration and targeted muscle reinnervation. Postsurgical amputation care has become more aggressive. Prosthetic rehabilitation is now focused on restoration to the highest possible degree, with sports prosthetics becoming more common for people of all ages. As a result, comparative effectiveness research has become increasingly important to provide clinicians, consumers, payers, and other stakeholders with data to promote informed decision making. The need to objectively demonstrate outcomes is no longer an option, but rather a requirement. Evidence-based health care is driving the future of every discipline within the field of rehabilitation, and those who are employing outcomes properly will likely be tomorrow's leaders of the profession. The presenters will outline, quantify, and discuss treatments and exercise programs based on the most current research along with other evidence that supports or refutes current interventions within the field of physical therapy, prosthetics, and rehabilitation medicine. Attendees will learn about the current trends in lower limb amputation surgery and what interventions should be applied postoperatively, how technology can assist with prosthetic rehabilitation, which evidence-based outcome measures are appropriate for amputee rehabilitation. They also will learn about resources to assist people with lower limb loss return to sport and recreational activities. The speakers will discuss and demonstrate evidence-based rehabilitation programs and training techniques that can be used in the clinic.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Discuss the issues concerning comparative effective research and the impact on amputation surgery, postsurgical interventions, prosthetic care, and amputee rehabilitation.

2. Discuss recent literature and the best known evidence related to selected outcome measures and their clinical application.

3. Select and employ specific outcome measures for treatment prescription and to enhance patient prosthetic performance.

4. Prepare the amputee for prosthetic gait training by implementing a functional progression rehabilitation program that includes strengthening, balance, agility, coordination, gait training, and functional activities.

CEU: 0.8

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