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Physical activity and lower-back pain in persons with traumatic transfemoral amputation: A national cross-sectional survey

Hemakumar Devan, MPhty, et al.

Figure 1. (a) Lower-back pain (LBP) prevalence in New Zealand population with traumatic transfemoral amputation surveyed (64%) along with (b) percentage of those with LBP experiencing activity of daily living (ADL) restrictions due to pain (39%).

Lower-back pain (LBP) is often experienced in persons following leg amputation. In this New Zealandbased study, we aimed to (1) determine the prevalence of LBP in persons with above-knee amputation caused by trauma and (2) explore whether LBP in this population is linked to levels of physical activity (PA). Our study identified a high prevalence of LBP in the New Zealand population with above-knee amputation and no link between PA and LBP. However, the presence of moderate to high PA levels in two-thirds of persons with LBP indicates the pain coping strategies adopted by this population.

Volume 49 Number 10, 2012
   Pages 1457 — 1466


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