Improving Transfemoral Amputee Gait: A Step in the Right Direction


This one hour introductory level course for PT/PTA, OT/OTA, RN, Case Managers and other health care professionals discusses whether a prosthetic gait deviation caused by an alignment problem with the prosthesis, a poor gait habit adopted by the amputee, or a muscular/joint weakness that can be corrected by strengthening exercises. This presentation identifies the most common gait deviations for transfemoral lower extremity amputees and reviews their causes, effects, and corrections. The presentation will feature digital video examples of the gait deviations as well as demonstrations of the methods of correcting the challenge.

Course Syllabus

Course Handout

Course Objectives

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

  • Compare and contrast the processes of transfemoral prosthetic component configuration of bench, static and dynamic alignments
  • Identify common transfemoral gait deviations
  • Explain the cause(s) of common transfemoral gait deviations

AOTA Classification Codes

  • Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation, Client Factors, Activity Demands, Context and Environment
  • OT Process: Evaluation, Intervention, Outcomes

Hanger Clinic is an AOTA approved provider of occupational therapy continuing education. This course has been approved for 1.0 CE Contact Hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA APP No: 8417.