Advanced Rehabilitation Techniques for the Multi-Limb Amputee


Advances in combat casualty care have contributed to unprecedented survival rates of battlefield injuries, challenging the field of rehabilitation to help injured service members achieve maximal functional recovery and independence. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the care of the multiple-limb amputee. Specialized medical, surgical, and rehabilitative interventions are needed to optimize the care of this unique patient population. This article describes lessons learned at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda in providing advanced therapy and prosthetics for combat casualties, but provides guidelines for all providers involved in the care of individuals with amputation. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 21(1):50–57, 2012)

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Zach T. Harvey, CPO; Gregory A. Loomis, MPT; Sarah Mitsch, MS, OTR/L;
Ian C. Murphy, BA; Sarah C. Griffin, BASc; MAJ Benjamin K. Potter, MD; COL Paul
Pasquina, MD