We describe the use of mobility assistive technologies (prosthetic devices, wheelchairs, assistive devices) for veterans and servicemembers with major combat-associated lower-limb loss from the Vietnam and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) conflicts. Exclusive wheelchair use is more common in Vietnam (18%) than OIF/OEF (4%) cohorts, but supplementary wheelchair use (with prosthetic devices) is more common in OIF/OEF (53%) than Vietnam (32%) group. Other types of assistive devices (canes, crutches, or walkers) are also used (Vietnam 23%, OIF/OEF 30%). Early training and continued support services for assistive devices should not be neglected in the global rehabilitation planning for those persons with lower-limb loss.
Volume 47 Number 4, 2010
Pages 349 — 360
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