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Thanks for reading this final piece on improving the prosthetist/therapist relationship! Ultimately, the best method to improving the professional relationship is to respect each others' professional work. Assure that the patient's needs are met. Do not end a session with a patient because the prosthetic needs are not met. There is no such thing as "waiting on a prosthetist" as the patient can always be progressing in therapy while the prosthesis is being developed. While
We continue our series on improving the professional relationship between the prosthetist and the physical therapist by discussing the last two steps in the therapist's evaluation of a prosthesis: 3. Evaluate the static alignment. 4. Evaluate the dynamic alignment. Evaluate the static alignment: First, with the patient in the parallel bars, be sure that the prosthesis is the correct height. Often, with individuals that have a transfemoral amputation, the sacrum may be out
The relationship between a therapist and a prosthetist is delicate, but has the potential to greatly impact patient care. Physical therapists first need to understand their realm of prosthetic rehabilitation in relation to the prosthesis in order to be a beneficial part of the team. Understanding that the prosthetic limb is considered a "work of art" to a prosthetist is key to developing a mutual respect between clinicians. Gait training sessions do not always have to be p