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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1988;12(1):18.
Prosthetic Use in Upper Limb Amputees
Myung Ja Song, M.D. , Young Ok Park, M.D
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Korea Veterans Hospital
상지절단자의 의수활용실태
송명자, 박영옥
한국보훈병원 재활의학과

The purpose of amputee rehabilitation is to enable them to function again in their own environment and reintegration into their society as well as possible.

A questionnaire was used to evaluate the state of prosthetic use in 268 adult upper limb amputees.

The major results are as follows

1) Considerable number of amputees still suffered from residual sequelae, such as neuroma, phantom pain, etc.

2) For the majority of the amputees, the cosmetic function of the prosthesis is more important than its functional use in their job and ADL.

3) Overall independent performance of ADL in upper limb amputee is above 50% in this study, though users of functional prosthesis achieved especially high degree successful performance.

The information thus obtained provide us variable recommendations and reattention about a desire for prosthesis training which is more in accordance with the specific needs of the individual amputee and successful rehabilitation eventually.

Key Words: Amputee, Rehabilitation, Prosthesis, ADL


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