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Utilizing Orthoses to Optimize Patient Outcomes

Posted: April 22, 2019

We have come a long way from locked knee KAFOs and stiff AFOs that provided limited outcomes and poor results. The awareness and utilization of this new technology will provide more options to consider when working with complex lower extremity orthotic patients in order to maximize outcomes. This seminar will cover lower extremity orthotics including AFOs, KAFOs, Stance Control Orthosis (SCO), and Swing Stance Control Orthosis, (SSCO). Also included, information on carbon fiber designs and addressing complex lower extremity rotational deformities. We will also discuss the C-Brace, the first microprocessor KAFO designed to provide a new level of safety with an enhanced natural gait. The course will provide an understanding of the requirements necessary in order to activate Stance Control and Swing Stance Control orthoses and how to optimize patient strengths to achieve positive results. The course will provide therapy suggestions for providing increased safety, stability and activation of the system according to patient needs and system requirements.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify complex lower extremity rotational deformities and appropriate orthotic design to manage those deformities
  • Understand the benefits of carbon fiber designed orthoses and comparisons to current technology
  • Determine patient candidates for Stance Control as well as Swing and Stance Control patients
  • List three types of Stance Control activation and understand what each type requires for occurrence
  • Differentiate between the gait phases and how the C-Brace® System is working respectively
  • Design an individualized gait training based on physical findings of the user and the technical possibilities the C-Brace® System offers
  • Instruct the patient how to walk with the System and operate it in different activities (motion control)
  • Describe the likelihood of outcomes for the patient

THREE DATES - THREE LOCATIONS: 

Credits:
4(s) ABC CEUs/ 4 CE Credits for PT(A)s

Questions:
For questions, please contact the Ottobock Education Team at [email protected] or call 800-328-4058. 

 

Save The Date For The 2019 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference & PT Expo

Posted: April 5, 2019

Save the date for the 2019 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference & PT Expo. The conference will be held October 11 - 12, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver - Stapleton North, 4040 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80216. More information coming soon!

 

May 11: Orthopedic Physical Therapist Management of Temporomandibular Disorders

Posted: April 5, 2019

Don't miss out on the May 11 'Orthopedic Physical Therapist Management of Temporomandibular Disorders' course. The course will be held at Regis University with speaker Cameron Lyons, PT, DPT. This course meets Colorado standards for 8 hours of Category I Professional Development Activity. Learn more and register!

 

Mile High District Event - May 15: Current Issues in 2019 APTA House of Delegates

Posted: April 12, 2019

Join the Mile High District May 15 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm for the 'Current Issues in 2019 APTA House of Delegates' event. The speakers will be APTA Colorado House of Delegates representatives including Scott Rezac, Chief Delegate and Cameron MacDonald, Chapter President and Delegate. Learn more and register.

 

Federal Advocacy Forum 2019 Recap

Posted: April 10, 2019

An energized group of physical therapists and student physical therapists represented the APTA Colorado chapter at the annual Federal Advocacy Forum, March 31 - April 2. On Tuesday, April 2 we had meetings scheduled with Senator Bennet, Senator Gardner and 4 House members - Rep Degette, Rep Neguse, Rep Perlmutter & Rep Tipton.
We had the opportunity to discuss many policy areas:
  1. APTA public policy priorities 2019-2020
  2. Additional legislation that improves access to PT - first and early, removes barriers to PT (specific to co-pays).
  3. Adding PTs to the National Health Service Corp specific to access crucial care for acute and chronic pain. S.970 was introduced the morning of our meetings which allowed us to ask for co-sponsorship.
  4. Enhancing access to necessary PT services within Community Health Centers.
Hannah Clark, SPT was selected to join our contingent to attend this year's FAF.  APTA CO members, please see her more in-depth recap and personal reflection by clicking here
 
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