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Gait Posture. 2011 Feb;33(2):165-8. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2010.11.004. Epub 2010 Dec 3.

Improvements in hip- and pelvic motion for patients with osseointegrated trans-femoral prostheses.

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Department of Orthopaedics, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, SE 413 45 Göteborg, Sweden.


This study describes the changes in hip and pelvic kinematics in 19 trans-femoral amputees, who were treated with an osseointegrated trans-femoral prosthesis. Patients were studied with 3-dimensional gait analysis, walking with socket prosthesis within two days before the osseointergration procedure. The post-operative gait analysis was carried out at the 2 year follow-up visit. Fifty-seven; age-, side- and gender-matched healthy subjects served as controls. Post-operative data showed that patients who had an osseointegrated transfemoral prosthesis increased their hip extension by 7.3° (p=0.007), changing from -2.6° (range -13.4° to 10.7°) to -9.9° (range -29.4° to 5°). Moreover, the pre-operative anterior pelvic tilt was reduced by 4.0° (p=0.016), changing from 21.7° (range 11.9-34.8°) to 17.7° (range 5.5-25.7°). Values for hip extension and pelvic tilt changed toward those of controls. These results confirm that patients treated with osseointegrated trans-femoral prosthesis encounter significant changes of their kinematic pattern in terms of hip extension and anterior pelvic tilt. Even though the changes were moderate they may, in the long-term have a positive influence on low-back biomechanics and could contribute to reducing the risk of further problems with low back pain.

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