PT FACULTY MEMBER RECEIVES IRVING INSTITUTE PILOT AWARD FOR APP TO HELP PEOPLE WITH LOWER LIMB LOSS

Posted by vanessa on January 30, 2018

We are pleased to announce that PT faculty member Christopher Kevin Wong, PT, PhD, OCS, has been selected as a recipient of a 2018 Irving Institute/Precision Medicine Pilot Award for his proposal, “Implementing a health screening app to match people with lower limb loss at high risk for low function to personalized physiotherapy and injury prevention.”

Even after initial prosthetic training, most people with lower limb loss (PLL) never attain the ability to walk independently in their communities and often fall while living at home. Dr. Wong’s research at Columbia University Medical Center has led to the development of the Prosthetic Use for Mobility Prognosis (PUMP) web app, based on a highly accurate clinical prediction rule used to identify those who are at high risk for low function with their prostheses in community settings.  An additional aspect of the app provides people with lower limb loss with Tips for Injury Prevention Strategies (TIPS) according to their specific injury risk profile.

This new pilot study will test the real-world implementation of the PUMP and TIPS app to match PLL at high risk for low function with personalized physical therapy and injury prevention education to improve balance and walking ability and reduce their risk of falls and injury.

Dr. Wong working with a patient

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