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Kirsten Buchanan



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Background: Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD): Narrowing of the vessels secondary to atherosclerotic plaque buildup, results in ischemia to extremities which can lead to intermittent claudication, decreased distal pulses, impaired healing. Lower Extremity Amputation: 54% of amputations in the USA are due to PAD, either alone or in conjunction with diabetes (Kalapatapau V. et al), transtibial and transfemoral most common, best outcomes with multidisciplinary approach. Body Weight Support (BWS) Systems: Commonly used in patients after stroke or incomplete spinal cord injury; methods: treadmill or over-ground, over-ground allows for assistive device training and varying terrains; parameters: high-intensity, high-repetition, task-specific; lack of research investigating BWS systems after lower extremity amputations. Purpose: The purpose of this case report was to provide a framework for the physical therapy management, including the use of a body weight support system, for a patient with a transtibial amputation in a skilled rehab setting.

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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Management Of A Patient With A Transtibial Amputation Using An Over-Ground Body Weight Support System: A Case Report



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