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Assistive Devices for Ambulation - PT48

Assistive Devices for Ambulation

An Update

by Allison Lieberman, PT, MSPT, GCS
(4.3 / 2690 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


The United States Census Bureau report issued in 2008 indicates that more than 10 million adults used a cane, crutches or a walker to assist with ambulation. Is there any indication, however, that these assistive devices are actually efficient and safe? How long has it been since you reviewed what is new on the market? Perhaps it’s time to take a fresh look at some of the research and information regarding available ambulation aids. It requires a professional to provide the best advice regarding functional use and fit of ambulation devices.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide therapists with information about common ambulation assistive devices used by adults, review changes in design features of selected devices, and present information on several newer devices.
  • Describe some of the research findings regarding ambulation assistive devices
  • Review selected ambulation assistive devices, including newer devices as well as devices with updated design features
  • Describe the potential advantages and disadvantages of selected ambulation assistive devices

Approval Information
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 11/16/2018 to 6/11/2019.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 18S0788 for 3/23/18 to 3/23/19).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-518455 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 2016-1395 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 03/21/13 to 03/21/17.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 08/01/14 to 07/31/16.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.
Please note: The Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board has designated this educational activity to receive 1.0 contact hour in Category A and 0 contact hours in Category B toward recertification.

Course Originally Released on: 3/18/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/18/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/18/2020


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Phyllis E - Lafayette, CA  ·  Feb 16, 2019
Photos of the 'newer" assistive devices would have been helpful.
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Catherine D - Chapel Hill, NC  ·  Feb 15, 2019
quick references on EBP research and mobility devices
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Kelley F - CYPRESS, TX  ·  Feb 14, 2019
good good good good good
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Wendy Z - Traverse City, MI  ·  Feb 06, 2019
Updated information regarding options for patients who require assistive devices.
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Earnestine L - Estero, FL  ·  Feb 05, 2019
Informative information that is accurate for todays treatment of patients with balance deficits.
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Price: $19.00
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