PT Question of the Week - Transfemoral Amputation


A patient recently underwent a transfemoral amputation and has just picked up his prosthesis from his prosthetist earlier that day. While analyzing his gait, you note that he is not achieving full hip extension at the terminal stance on the right side. Which of the following are potential causes for this loss of hip extension at terminal stance?

  1. Scar adhesion
  2. Decreased trunk stability
  3. Decreased dynamic balance
  4. A hip flexor contracture

The correct answer will be posted in a few days.

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