SRT has provided hundreds of hours of education over the years to physical and occupational therapists, physicians, nurses, wound care specialists, diabetic counselors, and students on a variety of prosthetic and orthotic topics.
SRT is happy to provide an educational presentations at your facility at your convenience on any topic of your choosing. ALL presentations are 100% free and are available for nursing facilities, hospitals, college universities, outpatient therapy facilities, and even home health and dialysis clinics.
Our presentations also provide valuable CEU Credits for Indiana Physical & Occupational Therapists such as:
FOR INDIANA OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS:
- Knowing the Facts & Facing the Fears: Learn the statistics of how often upper extremity amputations occur, specific causes of amputations, and tackle the challenges of a new transradial, transhumeral, or bilateral amputee. 1 Hour Course, 1 CEU Credit for Indiana OTs
- Body Powered vs Myoelectric Prosthetics: Light and durable, a body powered prosthesis may be an optio n for your patient. Learn about the different types of harnesses, cables, as well as placement strategies and tension settings of the terminal device. Learn the scapular stability your patient will need to operate the prosthesis, and if your patient is appropriate for a hook or possible alternative. Myoelectrics are the most natural and functional prosthesis available, using the patient’s muscle to control the hand, elbow or both. Learn about the myo-site testing, strength of EMG signals, programming, wrist rotators, single vs dual sites, and which terminal device works best. It may sound intimidating, but with a team approach, you can provide your patient with optimal care with your new skill set. 1 Hour Course, 1 CEU Credit for Indiana OTs
- Advanced Technology : Learn about the latest advancements in upper extremity technology as well as the OTs role in ensuring the best fit for your patient! 1 Hour Course, 1 CEU Credit for Indiana OTs
- Preparing your Patient for the Fitting Process: Physical and mental preparation for the fitting process is crucial, and will include shaping the residual limb and setting optimistic, yet realistic expectations for the first test socket fitting. Many steps must be taken in order to pave the way for a successful outcome such as exercises for shoulder girdle strength and stability, building EMG signal strength and endurance, and will also involve more advanced training with electrodes and site development tools. 1 Hour Course, 1 CEU Credit for Indiana OTs
- ADL Training for Upper Extremity Patients: The research is complete, the ground w ork has been laid, and your patient has finally reached the milestone of receiving their prosthesis! … Now what? It’s time to hone in on your occupational skills and start brainstorming and problem solving. Train your patient to accomplish their daily tasks and hobbies (both with and without their prosthesis) and regain their independence. Prove to them that anything is possible with teamwork, patience, and a positive attitude. 1 Hour Course, 1 CEU Credit for Indiana OTs
- ADL Training for Lower Extremity Amputees… and Capturing the Coding! An occupational therapist has an essential role in the overall rehabilitation of a lower extremity amputee, and with adequate documentation, can lead to a financial gain for your practice. Join us for a unique and hands-on session; tackling the most common and challenging occupational issues that lower extremity amputees face such as toileting, dressing, and general home management that physical and occupational therapists cant typically address with therapy time restrictions. Using a team approach, we can help provide patients of various amputation levels regain their independence in real-life scenarios. 1-2 Hour Course, 1-2 CEU Credit(s) for Indiana OTs
Presentations for Occupational Therapists are led by Brooke O’Steen, OTR. With over 10 years of occupational therapy experience, three of which including significant upper extremity prosthetic experience, Brooke is a part of SRT’s Upper Extremity Program and provides one-on-one education to therapists and other medical professionals. To schedule an in-service, please call Theron Steinke at 419-212-2525 or t firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Brooke at email@example.com *Courses are accredited through the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association.
FOR INDIANA PHYSICAL THERAPISTS:
- Oh no, an amputee! Now what? Seeing an amputee on case load can be intimidating for any physical therapist… but it doesn’t have to be! This introductory course covers the fundamentals of basic amputee care, including proper donning, doffing, cleaning and general maintenance of the prosthesis. Learn about limb volume management, suspension techniques, appropriate wearing schedule parameters, the use and care of shrinkers, and what supplies your patient should bring to their appointments and therapy sessions. This course is the “how” and “why” of amputee care. 1 Hour Course, 1 CEU Credit for Indiana PTs
- Prosthetic Alignment and Fitting Considerations to Optimize Prosthetic Comfort: This course will demonstrate to physical therapists proper alignment of the prosthesis along with potential alignment situations they may notice during their therapy sessions that will ultimately affect their patient’s gait and comfort. Proper education on this subject can help avoid gait deviations and pressure on their residual limb. Efficient gait equates to socket comfort, and physical therapists play a key role in identifying these issues during therapy. 1 Hour Course, 1 CEU Credit for Indiana PTs.
- Prosthetic Feet Considerations: Walk in the shoes of an amputee! Therapists can actively walk on a prosthetic foot and learn the different types of energy storing, articulating, and powered feet to show the variations and importance of feet plantarflexion and dorsiflexion on a variety of surfaces such as grass, cement, carpet or stairs. What is the best option for your patient? Walk in their shoes and find out! 1 Hour Course, 1 CEU Credit for Indiana PTs.
- Prosthetic Knee Considerations: Training an above-knee amputee on a prosthetic knee can be a challenging and sometimes daunting task. But with the proper education and insight, you can learn the differences in friction, hydraulic, pneumatic, and microprocessor-controlled knees, the advantages and disadvantages of each type, and how alignment changes can affect your patient’s gait during therapy. The patient’s ambulatory level and functional appropriateness will guide a prosthetist in choosing the ideal prosthesis for your patient, and you can be a part of that process! 1 Hour Course, 1 CEU Credit for Indiana PTs.
- An Overview of Orthotics: SRT provides a wide variety of orthotic services and therapists will gain a wealth of knowledge reviewing upper and lower extremity orthotics such as AFOs, KAFOs, cervical collars, spinal orthoses, and more. This presentation can be custom-tailored to a skilled nursing facility or hospital environment. 1 Hour Course, 1 CEU Credit for Indiana PTs.
Presentations will be scheduled at YOUR facility at YOUR convenience! Simply contact Theron Steinke, Community Relations at 419.212.2525 or firstname.lastname@example.org or for more information! Courses are presented by ABC Certified Prosthetists, and is accredited through the Indiana American Physical Therapy Association.
THE AMPUTEE WALKING SCHOOL AND OTHER CEU COURSES:
- The Amputee Walking School: For 25 years, Paralympic gold medalists Dennis Oehler & Todd Schaffhauser have helped over 15,000 amputees world-wide with this FREE program, helping them optimize the use of their prosthesis. Dennis & Todd take a hands-on approach to training physical and occupational therapists at the Walking School, encouraging them to work one-on-one with the amputees, and then use this skill set in their own practice. For updated dates, times and locations of the Amputee Walking School, click here. 2 Hour Course, 2 CEU Credits for Indiana PTs & OTs
- Advanced Gait Training for Lower Extremity Amputees: This in-depth discussion group takes all of the exercises that an amputee goes through during the Amputee Walking School, and is broken down into a very detailed discussion. Physical and Occupational therapists gain an insight on what is happening inside of the patient’s socket and how it can benefit or hinder their overall gait and home management skills. For updated dates, times and locations of this program, click here. 2 Hour Course, 2 CEU Credits for Indiana PTs & OTs.
- Dynamic Running Analysis for Progressive Amputees: This advanced focus group takes detailed approach to such topics as increasing strength, leg turnover speed, stride length, start position, endurance training and speed drills for both above and below-knee amputees who desire to jog or run. Therapists can also learn the differences between a normal and running prosthesis, socket fit and suspension, alignment, walking feet v.s. running feet, and choices for prosthetic knees. 2 Hour Course, 2 CEU Credits (*Credits currently only available for Indiana PTs).