How many times have you heard a patient say, “I had my hip replaced three years ago and it doesn’t hurt now. However, I just never got all my strength back and I still feel like I could lose my balance and fall”?
Following lower extremity total joint arthroplasty, it is common to focuses on pain reduction, basic trans-fers, range of motion and basic strengthening. Oftentimes this is where we or the patients stop. Long-term functional improvement and ambulation safety can be overlooked.
This course aims to emphasize the long-term outcomes following ankle and hip joint replacement. We will examine what current literature says about which post-operative deficits are most impactful and the best means of improving balance after the surgery. What works may be surprisingly simple.
Jason Handschumacher, PT, DPT, OCS
Jason Handschumacher, PT, DPT, OCS, is a licensed physical therapist with more than 16 years of clinical practice across all spectrums of rehabilitation and in some of the top facilities in the country. Dr. Handschumacher has experience in acute, sub-acute, inpatient rehab, home health, outpatient, and fitness practice settings. Currently, he is in practice with a hospital in the Charlotte metropolitan area, working in acute, sub-acute, and outpatient settings.
Dr. Handschumacher also works daily in a clinic within the fitness center of an active adult community. He has been an invited lecturer for a variety of physical therapist educational programs, local organizations, and professional societies during his career. He has presented research findings related to non-operative management of the rotator cuff, injury prevention, and the uses of therapeutic taping for state Physical Therapy Associations, and nationally at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting.
Dr. Handschumacher earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science from Miami University, and a Master of Physical Therapy degree and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University. In addition, he has been a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist since 2006.
Financial: Jason Handschumacher has an employment relationship with Springs Memorial Hospital. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Jason Handschumacher has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.