Online Course: Lower Limb Amputee Prosthetic Assessment and Rehabilitation
The final phases of rehabilitation following the fitting of a prosthesis
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The goal of prosthetic rehabilitation should be to establish an energy efficient gait, preserve the sound limb and prevent secondary complications. This is the fourth course in a series on lower limb amputee rehabilitation. This course will teach you how to approach prosthetic rehabilitation and will include gait assessment, exercise programmes/ideas, gait and balance training, functional activities, advanced gait training skills and high level rehabilitation. The course will also cover related evidence based practice guidelines and patient education.
The aim of this course is to enable you to have a good knowledge of prosthetic rehabilitation including assessment, exercises, evidence based practice and education to enable your patient to walk in the most efficient manner possible and avoid further complications.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Prosthetic Post-Fitting Assessment
- Prosthetic Post-Fitting Education
- Prosthetic Post-Fitting Rehabilitation
- Prosthetic Post-Fitting Evidence Based Practice
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 4.6 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- Correctly explain the differences between normal gait and transtibial- and transfemoral prosthetic gait
- Identify the possible prosthetic and patient causes for the different prosthetic gait deviations
- Plan the essential education advice to include in the prosthetic phase in terms of dressing, skin and liner care, shoes, peer support, falls, and fatigue
- Create a post-fitting rehabilitation treatment and progression plan in order to improve range of motion, strength, gait, balance, coordination, agility, function and endurance
- Select the evidence based clinical guidelines in prosthetic rehabilitation for the role of the physiotherapist, the rehabilitation plan, and patient education