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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
Last week, we discussed the elbow condition known as medial epicondylitis, aka, “Golfer’s elbow”.  This week, we will explore exercises and other non-surgical remedies for this painful condition. Recommended Exercises Although the following exercises can be performed at home by the patient, some patients may find the help of a physical therapist necessary: Wrist Stretch - Because the wrist controls much of the action in your forearm, it can be directly related to t...
Posted on 2018-09-19

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