On Aug. 16, 2017, area physical and occupational therapists gathered at Life Care Center of Hickory Woods in Antioch, Tennessee, for continuing education.
Fourroux Prosthetics presented a seminar titled “Prosthetics Advancement for Amputees,” with approximately 100 therapists and students in attendance. These included Life Care Center of Hickory Woods’ PT and OT team, 30 physical therapist assistant students from VolState Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee, and two PT students from Belmont University in Nashville.
“The course was very interactive, not your typical seminar where you just sit and listen to the speaker,” said Amelette Bolton, director of rehab at Life Care Center of Hickory Woods. “They even had amputees share their experiences on how to deal with loss of limb.”
Attendees were split into five smaller groups which rotated among presentations. This allowed therapists to ask questions without feeling intimidated by a large group setting.
Suzie Pech, occupational therapist assistant at the facility, shared about the Amputee Support Group that Hickory Woods facilitates to help all amputees (new or longtime) get the support they need. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month.
“I was impressed with the clarity of the presentation and the passion displayed by the presenters,” said Aren Swogger, physical therapist at Life Care Center of Hickory Woods. “The demonstration of the use of current technologies to speed the process of prosthetic fabrication was impressive. The presenters emphasized the ability to have pain-free gait in a well-fitting prosthetic, which will help the therapists identify these problems with their patients and keep their progress moving forward.”