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Acute care is the initial phase of occupational therapy and begins soon after injury or surgery. This phase involves assisting the patient with wound care, sterile whirlpool, ultrasound, debridement and edema control. The therapist recommends adaptive equipment to help the patient achieve more independence prior to receiving a prosthesis. The acute phase also includes scar management, range of motion, soft tissue mobilization and desensitization of the residual limb. The early involvement of a therapist helps ensure that the patient moves through the rehabilitation process without lapses in care.
Interim prosthetic care covers a range of information and training for new prosthesis users that includes:
This phase also includes adjustments to the alignment and controls of the prosthesis, and modifications to the shape of the interface or socket. The patient, prosthetist and therapist work together to resolve any prosthetic and therapeutic issues, maintaining steady progress toward the patient's functional goals.
During the post-prosthetic phase of therapy, patients continue building basic prosthetic skills, increasing their independence and practicing more complex tasks. Occupational therapists often visit a patient’s home, assist with minor modifications, and recommend adaptive equipment and other outside resources. This can include information on driver training and vehicle modification services.
Prosthetic success rates improve dramatically when therapists focus on activities that relate to the patient's specific vocational and recreational interests. Our therapists may go to a patient’s workplace to guide them on how to efficiently use their prosthesis on the job. Therapists may also assist patients on initial visits to the grocery store, the gym, restaurants and other locations.
We’ve presented AOTA certified CEU courses on upper limb prosthetic rehabilitation for OTs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota, Oregon, Oklahoma and Texas. Attendees earn 0.10 occupational therapy CEU for a one hour course.
Some of the information you can expect at an Arm Dynamics CEU course includes: