Limb Restoration Rehabilitation
Gerasimos Bastas, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation / Director of Limb Loss Rehabilitation
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Colleen Coulter, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
Pediatric Physical Therapist
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
John Felder, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine
Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Surgery,
Vice-chair, Clinical Affairs Dept. of PM&R
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Daniel Lee, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, COMT
Touro College School of Health Sciences
Southampton, New York
Danielle Melton, MD, FAAPMR
Associate Professor McGovern Medical School
Director of Limb Loss Program at TIRR-MH
Phillip Stevens, MEd, CPO
Director, Department of Clinical and Scientific Affairs
Salt Lake City, Utah
Amputations in the United States are projected to increase over the next decade secondary to shifting demographics. In preparation for the anticipated increase of the volume and complexity of future patients with limb loss, it is necessary to become familiar with trends and innovations regarding the rehabilitation process. Ongoing technological evolution further drives the need for a skilled practitioner to constantly incorporate new knowledge and skills in their evidenced-based care. With this goal in mind, this course is designed to provide attendees with updated information on innovations and trends in the field of limb loss rehabilitation and restoration, as well as a critical analysis of the both apparent and projected impact of such interventions.
The course will begin by laying out how limb loss rehabilitation helps people across the globe maximize their quality of life. Surgical management focusing on the restorative approach to limb loss will be presented, with a critical evidence-based overview of techniques such as osseointegration and targeted muscle reinnervation. The role of the rehabilitation team and current rehabilitation paradigms will be discussed in detail, followed by an overview of complex medical management, pain management, and post-acute care. Prosthetic technological innovations will be presented, with emphasis on functional level based clinical components available. Prosthetic prescription guidelines and requisite documentation will be reviewed. Practice sessions will allow participants, regardless of field, to utilize key descriptors to substantiate their recommendations. Finally, patient advocacy, resources, and policy will be presented.
Seamlessly thread throughout each of the different topics will be interactive case studies to allow attendees to apply their newly gained knowledge. Ample question and answer time with each of the represented professional perspectives will be incorporated into the structure. By the end of the course, attendees should have greater insight into the exciting future of limb loss rehabilitation and restoration from a multi-disciplinary standpoint, better preparing clinicians to provide the best in care.
All professions involved in the care of individuals with limb loss are invited to attend this course and further their training.