A participant demonstrates a recovery technique. Photograph courtesy of OPAF.

Bionic Prosthetic & Orthotics, headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana, hosted an Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) First Things First Training and Clinic at Indiana Wesleyan University in Merrillville on September 22. The event was coordinated with Össur Americas and instruction was led by Chris Doerger PT, CP. First Things First is a workshop on falls and recovery and offers continuing education credits to physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

More than 20 therapists and practitioners attended the morning session, which covered prosthetic componentry, evidence-based outcome measures, a method for helping patients up after falls, and safe falling methods.

People with amputations attended the afternoon session to learn the techniques that the morning’s attendees put into practice.