Motor and sensory rehabilitation after lower limb amputation: State of art and perspective of change

Roberto Casale, Maurizio Maini, Ornella Bettinardi, Alaa Labeeb, Vanessa Rosati, Carlo Damiani, Maryam Mallik

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Abstract

The rehabilitation of the amputated patient is based on a coordinated sequence of diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic procedures carried out by an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, that works globally on all patient problems. The objectives of the different phases of the rehabilitation treatment were reviewed. Due to their relevance in conditioning the final outcome of the treatment, aspects requiring further studies and remarks, were also reviewed. Among these the psychological aspects, the alterations of all sensory inputs, the secondary alterations at the bone, articular and muscular level, pain of the residual limb and the phantom limb. Finally, the basic criteria to be used to choose the kind of prosthesis in relation to the characteristics and expectations of the amputated person, and the results of the recovery of the autonomy and walking ability, will be schematically described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalGiornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia
Volume35
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

Keywords

  • Lower limb amputation
  • Motor & sensory rehabilitation
  • Pain
  • Phantom limb

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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