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Wheeled mobility: Factors influencing mobility and assistive technology in veterans and servicemembers with major traumatic limb loss from Vietnam war and OIF/OEF conflicts

Justin Z. Laferrier, MSPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS, ATP, et al.


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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