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Prosthesis and wheelchair use in veterans with lower-limb amputation

Amol M. Karmarkar, PhD, et al.

Figure. Veterans' degree of difficulty performing functional activities by amputation level and mobility device (prosthesis or wheelchair):

Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom have dictated the course of prosthetic rehabilitation, though the long-term impact on veterans is unknown. We asked 42 veterans attending veteran-affiliated sporting events to identify factors that influenced their choice of a prosthesis versus a wheelchair for daily mobility. Lower-limb amputation level was the most significant factor predicting mobility device choice. Veterans who had high-level amputations and used prostheses reported more difficulty walking on ramps, getting in and out of cars and buses, shopping, and participating in sports. The interaction between mobility device use and changing veteran needs could suggest viable alternatives and more successful prosthetic rehabilitation for veterans with lower-limb amputation.

Volume 46 Number 5, 2009
   Pages 567 — 576

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