Dorset Orthopaedic welcomes Case Managers for Catastrophic Injury Rehabilitation Training Day

Dorset Orthopaedic recently held another successful Case Manager Training Day at its Southern clinic in Ringwood, Hampshire. The day was designed to provide Case Managers with an understanding and an insight into the crucial role of prosthetics and orthotics in the rehabilitation of people who have suffered a catastrophic injury.

Following an introduction to Dorset Orthopaedic by Matthew Hughes, Clinical Services Development Director, the day began with an insight into lower limb orthotic technology, presented by Orthotists Peter Honeycombe and Kim Pickering. Peter and Kim explained the advances that are taking place in the industry and how they can help people suffering from a range of conditions including drop foot and spinal injury.  This was followed by a series of interactive workshop sessions demonstrating some of the most important aspects of prosthetics including casting, myoelectric technology and silicone solutions.

Physiotherapist of over 25 years Mary Tebb talked about the benefits of Dorset Orthopaedic’s Residential Rehabilitation programme, explaining what a patient can expect to receive when they spend a full week under the care of an expert team. Mary explained in detail about the measures that Dorset Orthopaedic use to assess the progress and eventual outcome of this programme, and how this can benefit Case Managers and their clients

In the afternoon session, Kevin Shaw shared his knowledge of one of the most fundamental aspects of prosthetics; sockets. He explained how the materials used in an individual’s socket can make the world of difference, as well as showing the latest designs and technology. This was followed by a fascinating update on Osseointegration, with Matthew Hughes explaining the clinical outcomes from the Dorset Orthopaedic patients who have undergone this life-changing procedure.

The day ended with Prosthetist Gillian Burrage providing a full overview of upper limb prosthetic solutions. Gillian explained everything from the ground-breaking treatment method, TMR, which allows the patient to control their prosthesis intuitively through the reconnection of nerves with muscles in alternate areas of the body, to silicone digits which provide a cosmetic solution.

The Dorset Orthopaedic team were supported throughout the day by ambassador Mark Pattenden, who shared his own experiences as an amputee of almost two decades. Mark hasn’t let anything hold him back since his lower limb amputation, having completed various challenges from the Great Wall of China Marathon to achieving a place on Team GB in the sport of archery.  

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