Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Department

Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Meridee Danks

Keywords

Amputation -- rehabilitation; Case Reports

Abstract

Background and Purpose: This case report describes the 14-day acute rehabilitation physical therapy management of a 43-year-old male who underwent bilateral transtibial amputations. The purpose of this report is to describe the interventions utilized and the change in the patient's status following their application and also to add to the limited amount of research in this area.

Case Description: The patient had a very complicated medical history. His primary goal was to return home with his wife and children. The treatment of this patient involved transfer training, wheelchair mobility, seated balance activities, strengthening exercises, stretching, endurance activities, and extensive patient and family education.

Outcomes: Following physical therapy intervention, the patient was able to reach his goal of returning home, safely, with his family. He was able to maintain range of motion, improve strength, and improve transfer ability and overall mobility.

Discussion: The patient is predicted to overcome anticipated postoperative complications and continue to progress towards successful prosthesis use.

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