Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2018 , Vol 64 , Num 3

Awareness, potential factors, and post-amputation care of stump flexion contractures among transtibial amputees

Mohd Fazli Ghazali 1 ,Nasrul Anuar Abd Razak 1 ,Noor Azuan Abu Osman 1 ,Hossein Gholizadeh 2
1 Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, Ottawa, Canada
DOI : 10.5606/tftrd.2018.1668 Objectives: This study aims to assess the level of awareness of transtibial amputee patients on stump contractures and their compliance with efforts implemented to prevent the condition.

Patients and methods: This study included 50 unilateral transtibial amputees (26 males, 24 females; mean age 55.4±14.7 years; range, 18 to 78 years) who met the respondent criteria of the study. The respondents were randomly selected and were issued with a questionnaire.

Results: The majority of the transtibial amputees were aware of stump contracture complications. It was found that they also preferred methods of prevention which required less effort, was cost-effective, and were also practical.

Conclusion: More focus should be placed on contracture prevention methods which were most complied with by the patients. This is because the effectiveness of a prevention method is highly influenced by patients` compliance with the method. Patients with a higher risk of developing stump contractures should be also given more attention in post-amputation care. Keywords : Awareness; knee flexion contracture; post-amputation care; stump contracture; transtibial amputee