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Occupational Therapist


Prosthetics 101

Prosthetics in Rehabilitation


7.0

Part I: Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation: Multidisciplinary Approach

  • Describe the role of the orthotist, prosthetist, therapist, and other professionals in the rehabilitation of persons with movement dysfunction
  • Describe the history and development of physical rehabilitation professions associated with the practice of orthotics and prosthetics in health care
  • Identify the use of disablement frameworks in physical rehabilitation
  • Discuss the role of the health professional in a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary rehabilitation team
  • Determine key attributes and attitudes that health professionals should possess to be successful members of interdisciplinary rehab teams


Part II: Aging and Activity Tolerance: Implications for Orthotic and Prosthetic Rehabilitation

  • Describe the role of the cardiopulmonary and cardiovascular systems as effectors for goal-driven functional motor activity
  • Define the key components of cardiopulmonary and cardiovascular systems as they relate to energy expenditure during functional activity
  • Describe the functional consequences of age-related change in cardiopulmonary and cardiovascular structures, especially with respect to exercise and activity tolerance
  • Apply principles of cardiopulmonary/cardiovascular conditioning to rehabilitation interventions for older or deconditioned individuals, or both, who will be using a prosthesis or an orthosis
  • Weigh the benefits and limitations, with respect to energy cost and facilitation of daily function, in selecting an appropriate orthosis


Part III: Materials and Technology

  • Compare and contrast the materials most often used in current orthoses and prostheses
  • Describe how the basic mechanical properties of commonly used materials determine how they will be used in orthotic and prosthetic devices
  • Describe the process of, and measures used in, the formulation of a biomechanically appropriate orthotic or prosthetic prescription that will address a patient's functional deficits
  • Describe how a prosthetist or orthotist determines the appropriate prosthetic or orthotic controls needed for the management of a patient's impairments or functional limitations
  • Delineate the steps in the fabrication or production of a custom orthosis or prosthesis
  • Discuss the use of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) in the measurement for and fabrication of orthoses and prostheses
  • Describe the factors influencing the development of central fabrication centers and the manufacture


Part IV: Amputation and Prosthetics

  • Appreciate the role of occupational therapy within the context of the rehabilitation team
  • Understand the relationship between levels of amputation and the function of the amputee
  • Appreciate the importance of maximizing the amputee’s skill with prosthetics
  • Examine and define 3 reasons why recovery can be slow and physically draining for the patient and family
  • Teach new methods for basic and advanced activities of daily living with prosthetics

Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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