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Review of secondary physical conditions associated with lower-limb amputation and long-term prosthesis use

Robert Gailey, PhD, PT, et al.

We reviewed literature on the secondary conditions associated with long-term lower-limb prosthesis use among people with amputation. The most common diagnoses found in this population were osteoarthritis of the intact knee and hip, osteopenia and osteoporosis of the amputated-side hip, and back pain. The main contributors to these diagnoses included dependence and increased stress on the intact limb; prosthetic fit, alignment, and leg length; and posture. Knowing the potential secondary conditions associated with long-term prosthesis use can help clinicians provide high-quality and preventive rehabilitation to their clients with limb loss.

Volume 45 Number 1, 2008
   Pages 15 — 30

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