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Evaluating Patients with Amputations

presented by Alicia White, PT, DPT, ATC

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Financial: Alicia White receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

 Non-Financial: Alicia White has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Proper documentation is necessary to create a plan of care for any patient population, as well as to justify treatment. Patients with amputations are a specific subpopulation with their own characteristics that require the appropriate attention to assist with treatment and patient education. The following presentation will address the components of an inclusive evaluation for patients with amputations. By focusing on subjective and objective intakes, as well as appropriate functional outcomes measures, the physical therapist will be better prepared to assist with goal setting and patient expectations. A thorough evaluation will provide the foundation for a successful plan of care.

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Alicia White, PT, DPT, ATC

Dr. Alicia White graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 2004 with a degree in athletic training. She continued her studies at the University of Miami, where she earned a doctorate in physical therapy in 2007. Dr. White worked at the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, Texas, for 10 years, treating high-level patients with…

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1. Subjective and Objective Assessments

Subjective and objective data collections are the foundation of all therapeutic evaluations. This chapter will provide the basic intake elements with specifics pertinent to this patient population.

2. Functional Outcomes

Prosthetic advancements and increased requirements for functional based outcomes are necessitating more involvement from physical therapists concerning the care of patients with amputations.

3. Typical Gait, Patient Education and Goal Setting

Patients with amputations will have an abundance of questions that begin when they first meet you. By providing the appropriate education, you will gain trust, build rapport and together, you will create appropriate goals for the treatment plan.

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