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amputation, geriatrics, rehabilitation, treatment outcome



  1. Levin, Audrey Zucker PhD, PT, GCS


A significant difference in function is seen among older individuals who have had lower-extremity amputation. Functional tests are limited in their ability to predict functional outcome in this population. Many functional tests examine only physical function, while others study cognitive or social function. It is the combination of these functions that will determine overall performance of an individual after lower-extremity amputation. Determining which individuals will perform well, and which poorly, is difficult. The goal of this article is to provide the reader with a thorough review of the literature as it relates to functional outcome considering physical, psychological, and social interaction in the geriatric individual who has had lower-extremity amputation.