Our Survey for Prosthetic Use had a 62 percent response rate from Vietnam war veterans and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) servicemembers who sustained major traumatic limb loss. Participants reported their combat injuries; health status; quality of life; and prosthetic device function, use, rejection, and satisfaction. Despite their serious injuries, a majority of Vietnam war and OIF/OEF participants rated their health status as excellent, very good, or good. Their persisting health issues include phantom pain, chronic back pain, residual-limb pain, prosthesis-related skin problems, hearing loss, traumatic brain injury, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Strengths and issues in prosthetic rehabilitation are identified.
Volume 47 Number 4, 2010
Pages 275 — 298
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