This study examined the disabling conditions
and return to duty rates across all service branches
of U.S. servicemembers who sustained a major limb
amputation over a 10 yr period. Of all servicemembers
with amputation, 16 (2%) were later found fit for
Active Duty and 78 (9%) were allowed to continue
on Active Duty. Posttraumatic stress disorder, loss of
major nerve function, and arthritis were the most impactful
disabling conditions aside from amputations.
Despite continued improvements in rehabilitation,
only 11% of all servicemembers with amputation are
able to return to duty.
Volume 52 Number 1, 2015
Pages 53 — 62
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