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After amputation, who might struggle to RTW?

Leg

Gabrielle Lis

Returning to work after the amputation of a leg or foot takes time. Older workers struggle more, as do those who report lower quality of life. Amputation point matters too.

Key messages Recovery from amputation takes time. Physical and quality of life factors both play a role in readiness to return to work. Signs that a worker may struggle to return to work after foot or leg amputation include: Older age; The amputation occurs above the knee; The person does not use a prosthetic; and The person is struggling to resume other normal activities. Access to appropriate prosthetics may help people who've had a ...

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