OPAF and First Things First held a workshop at the Homewood Brushton YMCA in Pittsburgh that focused on falls and recovery. The event was sponsored by Pittsburgh-based Union Orthotics & Prosthetics and De La Torre Orthotics and Prosthetics, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, and Elizur. The event was led by Chris Doerger PT, CP, and coordinated by University of Pittsburgh O&P Department Chair Sara Peterson, CPO, and the O&P program students.
The morning session offered O&P students, local practitioners, and community members with lower-limb amputations the opportunity to learn more about prosthetic componentry, falls interventions and mitigation, and participate in hands-on activities. More community members joined OPAF for an afternoon session where participants were taught a reverse chain method of getting up from the floor as well as safety tips and measures to help forestall accidents or injuries.
For information about OPAF clinics and workshops in your area, visit www.opaffirstclinics.org.