Evidence-Based Amputee Rehabilitation: a Systematic Approach to the Restoration of Function in People with Lower Limb Loss

Robert S. Gailey, Neva Kirk-Sanchez, Sheila Clemens, Allison Symsack, Ignacio Gaunaurd

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Purpose of Review: The purpose of this review is to illustrate how existing outcome measures and clinical models can be applied to outline an evidence-based rehabilitation program for people with lower limb loss (LLL). The use of outcome measures in rehabilitation in addition to providing a numeric value of a person’s rehabilitation status can identify patient-specific functional impairments, activity limitations, establish treatment goals, guide targeted treatment interventions, detect change over time, and classify patients and with some populations develop predictive models. Recent Findings: The model for the rehabilitation of people with LLL is based on the Evidence-Based Amputee Rehabilitation program that uses outcome measures to identify patient-specific impairments and limitations, set realistic goals, and track change over time. Summary: The standardized use of outcome measures and evidence-based patient care can be used to help guide best practices for post-amputation rehabilitation and prosthetic interventions, and care over the life span for people with LLL.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-26
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2022

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  • Amputation
  • Artificial limbs
  • Exercise
  • Exercise prescription
  • Outcome assessment (healthcare)
  • Physical therapy specialty
  • Prosthetics
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation


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