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  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Christopher Kevin Wong, PT, PhD, OCS
Peer Reviewer(s): Andrew Starsky, BSEE, MPT, PhD
Item#: Q3512
Contents: 1 Course Book (112 pages)
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Lower Limb Amputation: Outpatient Community-Based Rehabilitation

Price $39.95
Item # Q3512
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: May 16, 2017

Expiration Date: May 16, 2020

This home study course is focused on the community-based rehabilitation of people with lower limb amputation and is intended for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. The course is of intermediate level difficulty, but provides a brief introduction to basic information about lower limb amputation and prosthetics. Information regarding all systems relevant to amputation rehabilitation with current evidence-based concepts for risk assessment and suggestions for out-patient rehabilitation activities are presented. Knowledge obtained through this course can be used by physical therapy professionals to improve the community-based care and clinical outcomes for people with lower limb amputations.

California PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

Ohio PTs & PTAs - Approval #18S7388 (6/12/18 to 6/12/19)

Florida & Indiana PTs & PTAs – PT boards in your state accept this course based on pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

New Jersey PTs & PTAs - Approval #1808-109 (2/1/18 - 1/31/20)

Course Objectives

  • Identify the prevalence, incidence, etiologies, and classification of lower limb amputations.
  • Evaluate the long-term functional outcomes and risks for patients after lower limb amputation.
  • Describe a physical therapy systems review and functional assessment for people with lower limb amputation.
  • Identify various prosthetic devices and their components.
  • Identify prosthetic rehabilitation activities for people with lower limb amputations.
  • Recognize issues that arise during community reintegration of people with lower limb amputations.


Christopher Kevin Wong, PT, PhD, OCS, is a graduate of the Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy in New York and earned his PhD in health education and research at Touro University International in Los Angeles, California. An orthopedic certified specialist since 2000, he practices in a private sports/orthopedic clinic in Westchester County, NY and continues his involvement with the Amputee Support Group and Prosthetic Clinic at New York Presbyterian Medical Center where he was the amputee specialist for 4 years. Dr. Wong now teaches prosthetics and orthotics as associate director in the Program in Physical Therapy and is an associate professor of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. He has published several book chapters related to rehabilitation after amputation, and he has presented at national and international physical medicine and physical therapy conferences. Dr. Wong’s research regarding postoperative rehabilitation after amputation, prosthetic and exercise interventions, balance assessment and prosthetic function, falls, and fall-related injury in people with lower limb amputation has appeared in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Journal of Rehabilitation and Research Development, Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Prosthetics Orthotics International, Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, Physical Therapy, and Physiotherapy Canada.


Andrew Starsky, BSEE, MPT, PhD, obtained his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University in 1992. He completed his master’s degree in physical therapy in 1998, and received his PhD in biomedical engineering in the spring of 2007. He has been published in Physical Therapy, Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Starsky is currently a clinical associate professor at Marquette University, teaching courses in electrotherapy, physical modalities, evidence-based practice, and biomechanics, and he is the 2016 recipient of the Raynor Teaching Excellence award. He has been teaching electrotherapy, biomechanics, and gait analysis for 14 years and has traveled extensively to lecture on this topic. His energetic approach to teaching and research have garnered him grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.