Overview of Lower Limb Prostheses
This one hour introductory level course for PT/PTA, OT/OTA, RN, Case Managers and other health care professionals reviews common terms associated with prosthetics and levels of amputation of the lower limbs. A generalized time line for the rehabilitation of an individual after lower limb amputation will be discussed. Aspects of creating a lower limb prosthetic design will be presented, including discussions of: user evaluation process; interface materials; types of suspension available; categories of prosthetic feet and knees; and additional components that may be incorporated into a prosthesis for maximized user outcomes. The course concludes with group discussion of three hypothetical patient profiles.
Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:
- Recall common terms associated with prosthetics
- Identify and describe levels of amputation of the lower limbs
- Discuss a generalized timeline for the rehabilitation of an individual after a lower limb amputation
- Identify typical components used in the fabrication of a lower limb prosthesis, such as the various kinds of interfaces, transtibial and transfemoral sockets, types of suspension, and categories of feet and knees
- Interpret and discuss hypothetical patient profiles indicating the need for a lower limb prosthesis