The most common question that I receive from current physical therapy students or recent graduates of physical therapy programs is, "How can I specialize in prosthetic rehabilitation." I am very excited to hear so many students and young PTs discussing this question as it displays a passion for this niche and a vision for a progressive future! Unfortunately, the APTA does not currently recognize prosthetic rehabilitation as a certified speciality at this time. I do anticipa
For all individuals, nutrition directly impacts overall health, but for individuals with limb loss, solid nutritional intake is imperative for several reasons. First of all, individuals with recent amputations often have comorbidities, or multiple health concerns, to include diabetes, multiple traumatic zones of injury, cardiopulmonary deficits, and/or integumentary insults among others. All recent amputations will require increased protein intake to improve wound closure.
Calling all physical therapists that work with patients with limb loss! It is important to understand the available functional outcomes measures for this patient population and why it is so important to choose the correct one for the patient. Currently, insurance companies are requiring patients to have evaluations from a physical therapist, a physician, and a prosthetist to determine an appropriate K level (functional level) and a correlating prosthesis. Insurance compani