Lower Limb Amputation: Outpatient Community-Based Rehabilitation

About the Course:
This home study course is focused on the community-based rehabilitation of people with lower limb amputation and is intended for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. The course is of intermediate level difficulty, but provides a brief introduction to basic information about lower limb amputation and prosthetics. Information regarding all systems relevant to amputation rehabilitation with current evidence-based concepts for risk assessment and suggestions for out-patient rehabilitation activities are presented. Knowledge obtained through this course can be used by physical therapy professionals to improve the community-based care and clinical outcomes for people with lower limb amputations.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the prevalence, incidence, etiologies, and classification of lower limb amputations.
  • Evaluate the long-term functional outcomes and risks for patients after lower limb amputation.
  • Describe a physical therapy systems review and functional assessment for people with lower limb amputation.
  • Identify various prosthetic devices and their components.
  • Identify prosthetic rehabilitation activities for people with lower limb amputations.
  • Recognize issues that arise during community reintegration of people with lower limb amputations.

About the Author:
Christopher Kevin Wong, PT, PhD, OCS,
is a graduate of the Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy in New York and earned his PhD in health education and research at Touro University International in Los Angeles, California. An orthopedic certified specialist since 2000, he practices in a private sports/orthopedic clinic in Westchester County, NY and continues his involvement with the Amputee Support Group and Prosthetic Clinic at New York Presbyterian Medical Center where he was the amputee specialist for 4 years. Dr. Wong now teaches prosthetics and orthotics as associate director in the Program in Physical Therapy and is an associate professor of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. He has published several book chapters related to rehabilitation after amputation, and he has presented at national and international physical medicine and physical therapy conferences. Dr. Wong’s research regarding postoperative rehabilitation after amputation, prosthetic and exercise interventions, balance assessment and prosthetic function, falls, and fall-related injury in people with lower limb amputation has appeared in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Journal of Rehabilitation and Research Development, Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Prosthetics Orthotics International, Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, Physical Therapy, and Physiotherapy Canada.

How to receive credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 6-hour commitment of time.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete either:
    • An affirmation that you have completed the educational activity.
    • A mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Self-Assessment and Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.


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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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