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Restoring Balance & Function after Hip & Ankle Arthroplasty
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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 an expert in myofascial release, with over 16 years of clinical experience in some of the top facilities in the country. He practices at a hospital in the Charlotte metropolitan area, serving patients in acute, sub-acute, and outpatient settings. In addition, he sees patients at a clinic within an active adult community.

Dr. Handschumacher travels nationally to present seminars on myofascial release and is known for his dynamic, hands-on teaching style. He has presented research findings for state and national PT associations related to non-operative management of the rotator cuff, injury prevention, and the uses of therapeutic taping. Board Certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Dr. Handschumacher earned his doctorate in physical therapy from Shenandoah University.

Speaker Disclosures:

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.


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