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Orthotics and Prosthetics Lab

PTA 213L

Orthotics and Prosthetics Lab

PTA 213L

Course Description

Prerequisite: PTA 102, PTA 120, PTA 120L, PTA 121, PTA 123W, PTA 123LW, PTA 124, PTA 125, PTA 125LW, and LWA 206B, each with a "C" (2.0) minimum grade. Concurrent enrollment in PTA 205, PTA 205L, PTA 209, PTA 209L, PTA 210, PTA 210L, PTA 213, PTA 214, PTA 216, PTA 222 and LWA 206C. Prepares student to utilize orthotics and prosthetics, as well as to instruct patients to use this equipment. Prepares the student to perform physical therapy intervention as part of a physical therapist's plan of care, under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. (0-15)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate pre-operative foot care.

Objectives:

  • Educate patients in the prevention and management of an ulcerated foot.
  • Provide treatment and exercises to increase circulation and decrease swelling of an ulcerated foot.

Discuss and acquire information to create a treatment program and then assess progress after each treatment.

Objectives:

  • Discuss all information relevant for the physical therapy evaluation of the amputee patient.
  • Assess patient's abilities in all levels of mobility and function.
  • Assess residual limb prior to and after treatment, including volume, length, girth, shape, skin and incision integrity and condition, sensation, and knee stability.
  • Assess unaffected extremities.

Perform a progressive amputee treatment protocol and explain the protocol to relevant parties.

Objectives:

  • Perform effective stump wrapping and educate patient/caregiver to do so.
  • Perform a progressive amputee exercise regime to obtain optimal return of function.
  • Educate the amputee in care of the residula limb, expectations during rehabilitation and discharge.
  • Instruct the patient in treatment techniques to help assist in volume control.

Explain gait training with the prosthesis as well as the proper assistive devices necessary to assist amputee in mobility and function.

Objectives:

  • Instruct the patient in proper gait with the prothesis or orthoses.
  • Recognize gait deviations and report changes to the supervising physical therapist.
  • Educate the amputee in proper wheelchair seating and mobility.
  • Instruct the patient/caregiver in the use of the proper assistive device.

Discuss verbally or in writing regarding the amputee patient.

Objectives:

  • Communicate with the patient, family, and caregive verbally and in writing regarding his/her condition and treatment using proper terminology applicable and understandable to all participants.
  • Communicate with all members of the interdisciplinary team involved in the care of the amputee patient verbally and in writing using proper terminology applicable and understandable to all participants.

Discuss potential legal and ethical issues pertaining to course content.

Objectives:

  • Describe an appropriate response to each legal/ethical clinical issue discussed in class.