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As part of a comprehensive rehabilitation program, the patient will also need occupational therapy, especially if the patient has lost an arm. Independence is the ultimate goal of any therapy. As in physical therapy, there are four phases to occupational therapy. In Part 2 of the rehabilitation process, we will explore the first two phases of Occupational Therapy; the Healing Phase and the Preprosthetic Training Phase.   Phase 1: The Healing Phase At this point, the patient’s lim...
Posted on 2018-12-18
After surgery, there are four phases of the rehabilitation process. Last time we examined Phase 2: Preprosthetic Training.  Today, we will examine Phases 3 & 4: Basic and Advanced Prosthetic Training. Phases 3: Basic Prosthetic Training During the basic prosthetic training phase, the patient will receive an initial prosthesis, and physical therapy will focus on: Gait training Progressive strengthening Balance Prosthetic management. During this phase, it is impor...
Posted on 2018-12-05
After surgery, there are four phases of the rehabilitation process. Last week we examined Phase 1: Post-operative Healing.  Today, we will examine Phase 2: Preprosthetic Training.   Phase 2: Preprosthetic Training In the preprosthetic phase, there are a number of factors that must be considered before the patient can be fitted for a new prosthetic limb. These include: Edema (swelling) control Residual-limb shaping Improved cardiovascular conditioning Strengthening ...
Posted on 2018-11-28
Once a patient has experienced an amputation, he/she might be surprised at how much basic motor skills he will have to relearn with his prosthetics and orthotics in order to regain a functioning level of “normal” mobility. This is why physical therapy is a vital component of the rehabilitation process. As part of a complete series devoted to prosthetcs and orthotics, this week, we will discuss Phase 1 of the prosthetic rehabilitation process: Post-Operative Healing. After surgery...
Posted on 2018-11-21
Although the condition is associated with golfers, medial epicondylitis is much more commonly seen in people who are over using their arm doing something else. People who engage repetitive arm movements aretypically susceptible to golfer’s elbow. Last time, we defined golfer’s elbow and discussed causes and symptoms of this painful condition. Thisweek, we will examine recommended treatment options for golfer’s elbow.Treatment Options So what are the treatment alternatives? Me...
Posted on 2018-11-14
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