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Prosthet Orthot Int. 2015 Dec;39(6):502-6. doi: 10.1177/0309364614532866. Epub 2014 May 12.

The effect of anti-gravity treadmill training for prosthetic rehabilitation of a case with below-knee amputation.

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1
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Hiroshima University Hospital, Hiroshima, Japan yukiomikami@mac.com.
2
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Hiroshima University Hospital, Hiroshima, Japan.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The aim of this case study was to verify the efficacy and safety of anti-gravity treadmill training for prosthetic rehabilitation following below-knee amputation.

CASE DESCRIPTION AND METHODS:

The patient underwent left below-knee amputation as a result of diabetic foot gangrene. Since his physical strength and vitality had declined during the perioperative period, anti-gravity treadmill training was introduced for his outpatient prosthetic rehabilitation.

FINDINGS AND OUTCOMES:

Stable prosthetic gait exercise could be carried out under guidance on the anti-gravity treadmill, quickly resulting in improved gait. Furthermore, the patient's self-efficacy and exercise tolerance were elevated after the period of anti-gravity treadmill training. At the final evaluation following 6 weeks of rehabilitation with the anti-gravity treadmill, he had acquired prosthetic gait with the assistance of a T-cane.

CONCLUSION:

The anti-gravity treadmill was found to be a useful instrument for prosthetic rehabilitation following below-knee amputation.

CLINICAL RELEVANCE:

Anti-gravity treadmill training has the potential to support the prosthetic rehabilitation of below-knee amputees, especially for patients whose physical strength and vitality are decreased.

KEYWORDS:

Anti-gravity treadmill; below-knee amputation; prosthetic rehabilitation

PMID:
24821715
DOI:
10.1177/0309364614532866
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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