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2307 – Joint Replacement Rehab

Intermediate / Half-Day Course
Chicago, IL / Friday, April 8, 2022 – 8:00-11:30 am / 3.5 credit hours
(Classroom: 8:00-9:45 am / Indoor Pool: 9:45-11:30 am)

Faculty: Terri Mitchell, BA, PTA, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: What is the history of aquatic therapy for joint replacement patients? How long do your doctors prefer that a patient waits until they can get into the pool after a total joint replacement? Are the new surgical techniques and minimally invasive surgeries affecting our aquatic therapy job security? This course will review past case histories of joint replacements in the pool from 1991 to present. Surgical techniques, waterproof occlusive materials, infection control and doctor references will be discussed and provided in this informative lecture. The pool practicum will apply aquatic therapy techniques that are found to be goal oriented for total joint replacement patients.

1) Review traditional joint replacements for the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder and elbow.
2) Review minimally invasive joint replacements for hips and knees.
3) Discuss the latest surgical techniques for joint replacements for hips and knees.
4) Discuss infection control and use of Tegaderm.
5) Hear pros and cons from doctors on aquatic physical therapy 2-3 days post-op.
6) Identify the benefits of aquatic physical therapy for total joint replacements.
7) Experience ortho water exercises with and without buoyant and drag equipment.
8) Practice scar massage and AquaStretchTM techniques specific to scars/adhesions.
9) Practice static and contract/relax stretching techniques.

FACULTY: Terri Mitchell, BA, PTA, ATRIC, is a prior AEA Training Specialist and a current ATRI Faculty.  She is a PTA of 30 years and uses skills learned and created to help orthopedic patients. She continues to teach aquatic fitness classes year-round to healthy adults, enhancing their strength, stamina, balance, socialization and fun. She is the 2001 recipient of ATRI’s Dolphin Award and the 2010 recipient of the ATRI Professional Award.