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Physical and functional measures related to low back pain in individuals with lower-limb amputation: an exploratory pilot study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15944880     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
For this study, we compared the physical impairments and functional deficits of individuals with lower-limb amputation (LLA) for those with and without low back pain (LBP). Nineteen participants with LLA were placed into two groups based on visual analog scores of LBP. We assessed functional limitations, iliopsoas length, hamstring length, abdominal strength, back extensor strength, and back extensor endurance. Data analysis included correlations and t-tests. We found significant correlations between pain score and functional limitations, iliopsoas length, and back extensor endurance. We also detected significant differences in functional limitations, iliopsoas length, back extensor strength, and back extensor endurance between those with and without LBP. We saw significant differences in back extensor strength and back extensor endurance between those with transtibial and transfemoral amputations. Differences exist in physical measures of individuals with LLA with and without LBP. Clinicians should consider these impairments in individuals with amputation who experience LBP. Because of the participants' characteristics, these findings may be applicable to veterans with LLA.
Karen Friel; Elizabeth Domholdt; Douglas G Smith
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of rehabilitation research and development     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1938-1352     ISO Abbreviation:  J Rehabil Res Dev     Publication Date:    2005 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-06-09     Completed Date:  2007-09-17     Revised Date:  2009-05-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8410047     Medline TA:  J Rehabil Res Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  155-66     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Therapy, Room 501, New York Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 8000, Old Westbury, NY 11568, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Amputation / adverse effects*
Amputees / rehabilitation*
Confounding Factors (Epidemiology)
Golf / physiology
Low Back Pain / classification,  etiology*,  physiopathology*
Middle Aged
Muscle Strength*
Muscle, Skeletal / anatomy & histology,  pathology,  physiopathology*
Pain Measurement
Phantom Limb / etiology,  physiopathology
Pilot Projects

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