Developing prosthetic weight bearing in a knee disarticulation amputee.
Source: Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 45(4):309-317.
Abstract: To achieve full weight bearing in amputees with the help of prosthesis is an important component of prosthetic training. This was examined in an individual with a knee disarticulation amputation (KDA) that had an intact femur of end-bearing nature. To describe the development of weight bearing in a temporary prosthesis was the objective of this case study. Objective data needed to evaluate this component of amputee rehabilitation was gathered by longitudinal measurement of gait and balance parameters. Conclusion: A successful treatment option for KDA rehabilitation is a temporary prosthesis and full weight bearing was attained in four weeks. Additionally, with the help of longitudinal objective measures, unexpected results were identified. (CIRRIE Abstract)
Institution: Physiotherapy Department, Port Kembla Hospital, PO Box 21, Warrawong, NSW 2505, Australia