Introduction to Prosthetic Knees


This one hour introductory level course for PT/PTA, OT/OTA, RN, Case Managers and other health care professionals will provide a complete introduction and overview of prosthetic knees and review the fundamentals of proper application. This review will focus on common reasons for knee failure as well as how to evaluate and determine the appropriate knee type and design for individual patients. Various types, styles and functions of prosthetic knees will be presented.

Course Syllabus

Course Handout

Course Objectives

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

  • Identify the physical and functional attributes of the user that determine which prosthetic knee is indicated
  • Define the Functional Level (K-level) classification system established by Medicare for the determination of prosthetic components
  • Discuss variables that induce poor function of prosthetic knees, such as inappropriate use, improper adjustment or user changing show heel heights; and
  • Compare and contrast the functional characteristics of a variety of categories of prosthetic knees, such as single axis; polycentric; manual lock; friction control; variable cadence; swing phase control; stance phase control and microprocessor

AOTA Classification Codes

  • Domain of OT: Occupations, Client Factors, Performance Skills, Performance Patterns
  • OT Process: Evaluation, Intervention, Activity and Occupational Demands

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.