Lower Limb Prostheses, Design to Ambulation


This one hour introductory level course for PT/PTA, OT/OTA, RN, Case Managers and other health care professionals provides a detailed overview of the process of prosthetic design from the first patient evaluation through to the final fitting of the definitive prosthesis. Special focus will be on the specific steps where the therapist can provide input and assistance to the prosthetist to ensure all aspects of the patient’s needs are being met.

Course Syllabus

Course Handout

Course Objectives

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

  • Describe general pre- and postoperative management of the individual with a lower limb amputation
  • Describe the overall prosthetic process from amputation surgery to fitting of a definitive device
  • Compare and contrast the processes of transtibial prosthetic component configuration of bench, static and dynamic alignments
  • Explain the general process of donning a transtibial or transfemoral prosthesis
  • Describe general activities of physical therapy that prepare the prosthetic user for ambulation, such as weight shifting, balance training, proprioception training and use of assistive devices

AOTA Classification Codes

  • Domain of OT: Client Factors; Activity demands
  • OT Process: Intervention

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.