This self-directed learning module highlights the issues faced by people aging with limb loss. It is part of the study guide on limb deficiency and vascular rehabilitation in the Self-Directed Physiatric Education Program for practitioners and trainees in physical medicine and rehabilitation. This article specifically focuses on the impact that limb loss has on health and physical function throughout the life span. Case examples are used to illustrate what effect limb loss in childhood or young adulthood has on the incidence and management of new impairments or disease processes commonly associated with aging. Overall Article Objective: To discuss the impact of early-life limb loss on the incidence and management of physiologic and functional changes associated with aging.
- Artificial limbs
- Outcome assessment (health care)