Rehabilitating after losing a limb can be a difficult process for an older adult. Skilled examination, intervention, and goal setting can promote success whether the patient will use a prosthesis or not. This monograph provides an in-depth primer on the specific needs of the older adult with limb loss and provides strategies to maximize functional mobility while decreasing the risk of injury for the patient.

Meet our Authors

Daniel J. Lee, PT, DPT, GCS is a boardcertified clinical specialist in geriatrics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 2013. He is an Assistant Professor at Touro College, NY in the Physical Therapy department. In 2018, Daniel was selected for the Educator Award from the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF). His research is focused on empowering older adults with limb loss through mobile health technology, specifically in the domain of self-management. He is a national speaker on limb loss rehabilitation, as well as a member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE) for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapists.

Carol A. Miller, PT, PhD, GCS is an American Physical Therapy Association Board Certified clinical specialist in geriatrics and is Professor and Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Physical Therapy at the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG), and currently serves on the Scientific and Medical Advisory Board and Life Member for the Amputee Coalition. Dr. Miller has over 33 years of experience working with adults with lower-limb amputation and focuses her practice on restoring an individual’s functional abilities to achieve success in the home setting, the community, all the way up to returning to athletic activity. Dr. Miller’s research interests and published works are primarily focused on the impact of gait ability, and exercise training on function and quality of life in adults with lower-limb loss.

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Daniel J. Lee, PT, DPT, GCS; Carol A. Miller, PT, PhD, GCS

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this monograph, the course participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the demographics of the older adult with limb loss.
  2. Define the Medicare Functional Classification Levels (K-Levels) for each category.
  3. Explain the influence of prosthetic componentry on an individual’s functional mobility.
  4. Design a comprehensive plan of care for an older adult with limb loss in all clinical care settings with therapeutic interventions to improve functional mobility in individuals with limb loss
  5. Explain how adjustments to prosthetic components can influence a patient’s functional mobility.
  6. Determine the most appropriate outcome measure based on the individual’s presentation, stage of rehabilitation, and expected outcome.
  7. Facilitate interdisciplinary communication regarding the management of an individual with limb loss.
  8. Synthesize information to solve issues regarding commonly encountered socket fit problems and gait deviations.


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Domains:limb loss, geriatrics, aging adults
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