“First Stride and First Things First provides physical therapists, prosthetists, and individuals with lower limb loss an introduction to gait training with a prosthesis; outcome measures; and fall risk, prevention, and recovery. This clinic can help participants build confidence when walking with a prosthesis and increase their safety in the event of a fall.
The full-day training is divided into a morning session for physical therapists and prosthetists and an afternoon session for physical therapists and individuals with lower limb loss.
The morning session includes a review of the gait cycle and Medicare’s K-Level functional level classification system and the various types of prosthetic feet and knees and their capabilities. Fall risk and fall prevention will also be discussed.
The afternoon session brings together physical therapists and individuals with lower limb loss. Clinic participants will be taught exercises to help build core strength and walk more effectively with a prosthesis. The clinic instructor will demonstrate how to fall and how to recover from a fall. Individual participants are encouraged to join in this practice session.
First Stride and First Things First is offered free of charge to all participants. However, registration is required.”
Big thanks to Hanger Charitable Foundation and Limbionics of Durham who sponsored this particular clinic, for instructor Chris Doeger, PT & CP to lead the instruction for professionals and participants.
“The first stride clinic bridged the gap from PT school to real life application. It was a fun, positive learning environment with hands on interactions. The education session followed by patient interaction was extremely valuable to solidify and implement new skills.”
– Laura Boetefuer, SPT
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