Live Webinar for Therapists. Complete both sessions for 14.5 Contact Hours (1.45 CEUs)
April 14 and 15, 2023
9:40 am EST • 8:40 am CST • 7:40 am MST • 6:40 am PST (US)
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 multi-trauma patient. The course is primarily lecture with multiple video clips taken throughout the continuum of care.
There will be case-based analysis and critical problem solving intermixed with labs, lectures and demonstrations. Access to videos of demonstrated techniques will be included.
- Modify an individual rehab program using current evidence-based techniques for common comorbidities, taking into account lifetime needs of this population.
- Apply two evidence-based assessments to evaluate a patient’s functional impairments related to movement and posture.
- Determine an appropriate treatment intervention for common complications of phantom pain, residual limb pain, low back pain, and skin breakdown.
- Apply three interventions to facilitate mobility and ADL independence post upper extremity loss, using the case study provided.
- Apply three interventions to facilitate mobility and ADL independence post lower extremity loss, using the case study provided.
- Identify the role of OT, PT, and other members of the multidisciplinary team across the spectrum of rehabilitation for the patient with limb loss.
Inger Brueckner invites you to share a patient problem description or a short video of amputee gait to discuss as a group. It should be a 30-60 second video of gait or any function to be reviewed with the class. An email address will be provided in the confirmation to send the case study and/or video.
This course is designed for: PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, and ATCs who are working with patients who have limb loss. This course is relevant across the lifespan for all persons with limb loss or limb difference.
Inger Brueckner, MS, PT, has practiced vestibular rehabilitation since 1994. She began teaching after completing the Emory University/APTA Vestibular Competency course in 2003. In 2010 she joined the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Center for Concussion as the creator and director of PACER (Progressive Acute Concussion Exertional Rehabilitation). She is a member of a multi-disciplinary team focused on providing cutting-edge, effective, safe rehabilitation. Working for Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, CO, she has presented research findings at APTA CSM, published journal article, book chapter, developed protocols, and been invited to speak at international, national, and local conferences. She is passionate about providing the best care for all patients in a collaborative medical team, sharing lessons learned through continuing education.
Additionally, Inger Brueckner is the principle physical therapist treating limb loss at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center. Her experience spans many age groups, causes and levels of limb loss and amputee working in a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the advancement of function in this population. With a master’s in PT, Inger has worked primarily as an outpatient therapist and hospital-based outpatient center. She co-authored an article on pre-prosthetic training and has presented at national and international conferences.
"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
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