September 10, 2018 – Center for Orthotic & Prosthetic Care recently hosted an OPAF First Stride Training and Clinic in Louisville, KY. This was the third year in a row for COPC to sponsor a First Stride for their patients, their referral sources and their community. The event was held at Norton’s Orthopaedic and Hand Center and instruction was led by First Stride instructor, Jim Scharf, PTA.
Over 25 therapists, practitioners and patients attended the morning session, focusing on outcomes measures and how they relate to introduction to gait training for the lower limb amputee. Prosthetic componentry as well as proprioception were part of the three hour classroom education session which provided CEUs for both therapists and practitioners.
The afternoon session saw over a dozen lower limb amputees join us for a series of exercises and demonstrations to aid in walking as well as balance and core strength. Patients were given hand outs of exercises that they can use with everyday household items to improve their walking and activity level.
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About OPAF: Serving as the philanthropic arm of the US orthotic and prosthetic community, the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF), develops, implements, partners and hosts adaptive recreational clinics for those with physical challenges. The First Clinics are recognized as leaders in adaptive recreation. Whether this is the first time a participant is trying an activity after illness, injury or episode or the first time they are ever trying, First Clinics offer top notch adaptive instruction specifically for them. Founded in 1995 to support the Paralympic Games in Atlanta, OPAF & The First Clinics have moved forward to offer introductory level adaptive recreation opportunities to everyone, not just the elite athlete. For more information on OPAF and The First Clinics, visit www.opafonline.org.