An essential course for therapists working with patients experiencing limb loss, this class will address the evaluation and treatment of limb loss due to diabetes, vascular disease, trauma, cancer, sepsis, and congenital limb difference. Hands-on demonstrations, new technology, surgical outcomes, and the most recent strategies for treatment and future directions will be addressed.
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This course offers a comprehensive perspective for management of the limb loss patient. Clinical expertise can be difficult to obtain since this population is a small proportion of the rehabilitation caseload. Current research, expert opinions from PT, OT, orthopedic and plastic surgeons, PM&R, prosthetists, as well as patient experiences will be presented. The class addresses the medical issues and common complications that place limbs at risk. Attendees will learn to make educated clinical decisions to improve function. This dynamic course addresses limb loss due to diabetes, vascular disease, trauma, cancer, sepsis and congenital issues. Current guidelines recommend therapy interactions start pre-operatively and continue through the lifespan of the patient. New technology, surgical techniques and futures directions are included in discussion. Many of the techniques described in the course can be applied to patient populations with limbs at risk and the multitrauma patient. The course is primarily lecture with multiple video clips taken throughout of the continuum of care. There will be demonstrations and hands-on experiences intermixed with lecture.
Participants will be able to apply course learning immediately to:
• Design, implement and modify an individual rehabilitation program using up to date techniques for common co-morbidities and with knowledge of the life-time needs of this population
• Identify movement and posture dysfunction that can be address with therapy interventions efficiently and recognize when other disciplines may need to be consulted
• Identify and address frequent complications such as phantom pain, residual limb pain, low back pain and skin integrity
• Discuss upper extremity loss and address ADLs by problem solving the functional eficit
• Recognize questions the patient may have regarding the entire spectrum of rehabilitation and identify the role in a team to maximize outcomes.
Inger Brueckner, MS, PT, is a renowned expert in the field of vestibular dysfunction and amputee rehabilitation, treating patients across the lifespan from pediatric to geriatric. A skilled and knowledgeable researcher and therapist, Inger has extensive experience working in multi-disciplinary teams that provide cutting-edge, effective, and safe rehabilitation treatments at rehab facilities including Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Sky Ridge Medical Center. At Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children’s Center for Concussion, she developed and directs PACER (Progressive Acute Concussion Exertional Rehabilitation). Inger has presented at APTA CSM, published journal articles, developed protocols, and has been invited to speak at conferences throughout the world. She is passionate about providing exceptional and collaborative patient care and sharing her knowledge and experience with the continuing education community.
"After taking this course I now feel more prepared and confident to work with patients with limb loss." -E Montoya, PT
"Very clear that Inger is a very dedicated to excellence in patient care. Course manual very thorough and numerous patient slides were helpful and entertaining." -R Young, OT
Helen Hayes Hospital
Noyes Conf. Center
West Haverstraw, NY 10993-1195
This course meets the criteria for 14 contact hours (1.4 CEUs).
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