Amputation Levels

Amputation is identified by which joint or long bone has been amputated. Above knee (AKA): transfemoral Below knee (BKA): transtibial Below ankle: transmetatarsal Above elbow: transhumeral Below elbow: transradial Below wrist: transmetacarpal Disarticulation: across a joint such as hip, wrist,...

Colles’ Fracture (Distal Radius)

Etiology Most common mechanism of injury is a fall on an outstretched hand. The wrist usually lands in extension and the forearm in pronation. Facts Most common injury to the wrist May result in limited wrist flexion, extension, forearm pronation & supination ...
So your patient has one upper extremity, or even worse, bilateral non-weightbearing precautions, likely due to distal radius fracture(s). Does this mean OT cannot do any activities with them? Is everything not attempted for safety in your initial evaluation? In...
Background A sling acts as an immobilization device. A fracture cannot heal unless it is prevented from moving. Immobilization also helps the bone fragments fuse together by keeping them in the correct position. Slings should be worn at all...
Background Typically occur from high impact sources, with potential for other medical complications. Often managed with closed treatment. Approximately 10% require surgical intervention. Injury normally takes 6-12 weeks to heal. Considerations & Concerns Avoid heavy lifting up to 6 weeks. ...
Background on Rib Fractures Ribs protect the lungs as they contract/expand with breathing. Rib Fracture Mechanism Typically from a blow to the chest General population: motor vehicle accidents Children's bones bend easily and can often withstand breaks during a blow...
Before the Stitches & Staples Come Out Educate on positioning in bed and sitting. No pillows under knees. Promote stretching in prone position if tolerable (no low back pain). Provide sitting support for wheelchair - residual limb supports. Educate...