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2020 Dec

Disabil Rehabil



Potential lower extremity amputation-induced mechanisms of chronic low back pain: role for focused resistance exercise.


Wasser JG, Vincent KR, Herman DC, Vincent HK
Disabil Rehabil. 2020 Dec; 42(25):3713-3721.
PMID: 31067145.


Approximately 185 000 individuals undergo limb amputations every year. Of this population, 40% experience lower extremity amputations. A common musculoskeletal condition that develops after amputation is chronic low back pain (LBP). LBP may be a consequence of one or combined mechanical factors including muscle atrophy, strength loss, level of amputation, kinematic traits of movement, mechanical loading and forces, prosthetic design/use and leg length discrepancy. Secondary consequences of LBP may collectively include the dependence of pain medications, impaired physical function, and diminished quality of life (QOL).