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The Effect of Early Mobilization in Transtibial Amputees with an Unhealed Residuum—Detrimental or Beneficial to Patients: A Review of Literatures

Lin Cheng, Bhaskar Basu

Keywords : Mobilization, Transtibial, Unhealed wound,Amputee

Citation Information : Cheng L, Basu B. The Effect of Early Mobilization in Transtibial Amputees with an Unhealed Residuum—Detrimental or Beneficial to Patients: A Review of Literatures. Indian J Phy Med Rehab 2017; 28 (4):136-139.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10066-0016

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 00-12-2017

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Objective: To systematically identify and summarize literatures on early mobilization of transtibial patient with unhealed wound or ulcers. Setting: Published literatures up to and including December 2017 where transtibial amputee with unhealed wound or ulcers and the effect of mobilization on wound healing and rehabilitation were reviewed. Participants: Lower limb transtibial amputees with primary or secondary wounds were followed up to see if mobilization was detrimental or beneficial to wound healing. Results: A total of 1,250 literatures were identified from search database of MEDLINE, PubMed, Google Scholar, and Ovid. Duplicates were removed and 12 abstracts were screen. Seven full-text articles were assessed for eligibility, and two literatures were felt to meet the prescribed criteria. Both literatures were from the United Kingdom, and both literatures showed that there was no detrimental effect of early mobilization in patient with large unhealed wound or ulcers. Strength and limitation of this study: Very few published literatures on the effect of early mobilization results in a small sample size. This highlights the need for more similar studies to be carried out. Only one reviewer performed the analysis, creating potential biasness.

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