Transtibial amputees require alternate movement strategies for sit-to-stand tasks

According to a recently published study, transtibial amputees were unable to perform the same sit-to-stand movement strategies as non-amputated individuals and had to develop new strategies to compensate.

Researchers at Dokuz Eylül University performed a cross-sectional study of 12 male unilateral transtibial amputees and 19 non-amputated male subjects. The transtibial amputees demonstrated greater weight-bearing asymmetry, higher sway velocity and lower rising index during the sit-to-stand transfer movement. Participants in both groups had similar weight-bearing transfer time.

According to the researchers, the study results may offer insight into the motor components of the sit-to-stand movement in patients with transtibial amputation, which could be used for both clinicians and researchers.

For more information:

Ilksan D. Prosthet Orthot Int. 2014: doi:10.1177/0309364613497742.

Disclosure: Ilksan has no relevant financial disclosures.

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