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Validity of method to quantify transtibial amputees’ free-living prosthetic wearing times and physical activity levels when using suction suspension sockets

Kit Tzu Tang, EngD, et al.


Figure 1. Pressure monitor showing attachment to suction suspension socket pressure-relief valve with customized adaption.

Prosthetic lower limbs are prescribed to enhance an individual’s mobility. It is difficult to assess how much physical activity an individual performs when wearing a prosthesis. In this study, we detail a new method of monitoring amputees’ wearing times and activity when wearing a prosthesis. Accurate step count and characterization of on/off times are demonstrated. This information could be used to assess the suitability of a prosthesis for a person and help determine the prosthesis configuration most likely to be used and, therefore, most likely to benefit the person’s cardiovascular health.

Volume 49 Number 3, 2012
   Pages 427 — 438


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Tang KT, Spence WD, Maxwell D, Stansfield BW. Validity of method to quantify transtibial amputees’ free-living prosthetic wearing times and physical activity levels when using suction suspension sockets. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(3):427–38.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2010.12.0241
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