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This course utilizes content from the textbook “Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation, 3rd Edition” by Authors: Michelle M. Lusardi, PT, DPT, PhD & Milagros "Millee" Jorge, PT, MA, EdD & Caroline Nielsen, BA, MA, PhD ©2013, published by Elsevier.

Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This course offers the most comprehensive text available on the topic of Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation, making it your one stop resource for clinically relevant rehabilitation information.  Evidence-based coverage offers essential guidelines on orthotic/prosthetic prescription, pre- and post-intervention gait assessment and outcome measurement, and working with special populations.  Providing a strong foundation in and appreciation for the field of orthotics and prosthetics that will give you the critical skills needed when working with this unique client population.

Throughout the course you’ll find comprehensive coverage of rehabilitation in a variety of environments, including acute care, long-term care, home health care, and outpatient settings.  Authoritative information is incorporated throughout to keep you up to date with the recognized standard in the field and case studies present real-life scenarios that demonstrate how key concepts apply to clinical decision making and evidence-based practice.  Also included are topics in athletics, exploring advanced training and athletics including running and athletic competition, to enhance the quality of life for persons with amputation.  Updated information covering the assessment of gait with a focus on clinically useful outcomes measures, motor control and motor learning incorporating new insights in neuroplasticity and functional recovery.

To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 851 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 12 modules.  Each module approved for 3, 5, 7 or 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).
Each module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

Module Description

Included in Module 11:  Prosthetic Options for Persons with Lower Limb Amputations, Early Rehabilitation, and Advanced Rehabilitation   (7 Contact Hours)
Chapter 25: Prosthetics Options for Persons with High-Level and Bilateral Lower- Limb Amputation
Chapter 26: Early Rehabilitation in Lower-Extremity Dysvascular Amputation
Chapter 27: Advanced Rehabilitation for People with Microprocessor Knee Prostheses

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Prosthetic Options for Persons with Lower Limb Amputations, Early Rehabilitation, and Advanced Rehabilitation.
Professional Learning Objectives
  1. List distinct causes of hip disarticulation.
  2. Discuss ambulation with a high-level prosthesis that relies in the ground reaction force  (GRF).
  3. Understand energy consumption required to control a prosthetic limb with passive joints.
  4. Discuss bilateral transfemoral amputation.
  5. Explain socket designs and suspension.
  6. Understand the components of the physical therapy examination.
  7. Identify prosthetic consequences of limitations in range of motion.
  8. List prerequisites for initial prosthetic fitting.
  9. Define phantom limb pain.
  10. Understand that individuals may progress through a number of sockets before being fitted for the definitive socket or prosthesis.
  11. List suspension options for transtibial prostheses.
  12. Discuss prosthetic wearing schedule.
  13. Identify appropriate alternatives if parallel bars are unavailable for initial gait training.
  14. Recognize additional challenges present in early gait training for persons with transfemoral amputations.
  15. Identify an intrinsic factor to cause an anterior trunk lean in the loading response through terminal stance.
  16. Recognize an extrinsic cause of abducted  gait pattern during initial contact through pre-swing gait.
  17. Understand outcome assessments.
  18. Discuss the Veterans Administration approval of the first hydraulic swingphase control mechanism.
  19. Understand Microprocessor Knee (MPK) units receive data from various sensors.
  20. Recognize microprocessor knee protheses control mechanisms.
  21. Identify muscles that must increase strength once joint motion is optimized.
  22. List functional activities to develop transverse plane rotation and gait symmetry that can eventually be used for independent practice by highly functioning individuals.
  23. Recognize MPKs and their assist sit-to-stand activity.
  24. Discuss gait studies.