The Pathway to Well-Being Following Upper Limb Amputation

Date and Time

June 21, 2023
11 am – 12 pm CT


Virtual Event

Cost: Free

CE Contact Hours: 60 minutes
Continuing education credits available for O&P clinicians, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Assistants

The absence of one’s upper limb can highly impact a person’s life. As healthcare providers who care for patients with limb loss, we need a clear understanding of the relevant factors influencing general well-being of our patients. In addition to the functional challenges associated with the absence of the limb, individuals contend with a spectrum of pain experiences and social stigma, and in the case of acquired amputation, a dramatic alteration in self-image and vocation.

Drawing upon recently published evidence from the Hanger Institute and representative case studies, this session will discuss strategies for thoughtful prosthetic design and rehabilitation techniques that address the restoration of meaningful bimanual function and well-being through individualized approaches to each patient’s care journey.

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Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. List various influencing factors (ie. rehab, prosthetic design and satisfaction, goal setting) and their impact on the well-being of an upper limb amputee;
  2. Define how individualization can be met through custom prosthetic design needs and strategic therapy solutions;
  3. Analyze patient gaps and ensure attainable goals are set for each patient;
  4. Outline the relationship between bimanual engagement, prosthesis satisfaction and activity, and participation with self-reported well-being.