Question

What unique issues do individuals with bilateral or multiple amputations face in terms of activities of daily living?

Answer

Children with amputations typically encounter issues with activities of daily living and require more energy to complete those ADLs. They often experience more problems with vocational limitations and psychological complications. Individuals with bilateral lower extremity amputations require more energy to get from place to place, as their prostheses tend to be heavier.

(Panton, H. “Upper Extremity Bilateral Amputations.” In P. Deutsch and H. Sawyer (Ed.) A Guide to Rehabilitation. White Plains, NY: AHAB Press).

(Panton, H. “Lower Extremity Bilateral Amputations.” In P. Deutsch and H. Sawyer (Ed.) A Guide to Rehabilitation. White Plains, NY: AHAB Press).

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