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Clinical guidelines for the pre and post operative physiotherapy management of adults with lower limb amputation

Please note these guidelines have since been updated.

What physiotherapy management constitutes best practice for adults requiring lower limb amputation?

These guidelines address the question: 'What physiotherapy management constitutes best practice for adults requiring lower limb amputation, from the pre-amputation phase until receipt of the first prosthesis or completion of rehabilitation as a non-prosthetic user?' The guidelines address the pre and post-operative physiotherapy management of adults with lower limb amputation and complement the Evidence Based Clinical Guidelines for the Physiotherapy Management of Adults with Lower Limb Prostheses, published in 2003. They are applicable to all major levels of amputation, including bilateral amputation, and all causes and pathologies. The scope of these guidelines is purposely broad. It was not BACPAR's intention to include details of specific areas of physiotherapy management as these would detract from the broader overview that these guidelines present. They are based on the best evidence currently available, and are intended as a resource to guide application of best practice. They should be used in conjunction with the CSP Core Standards. We regret that hard copies of this publication are not currently available (as of January 2010). BACPAR is an organisation that strives to inform and educate. We produce evidence based clinical guidelines to promote best practice in amputee care. These guidelines have been made available to a wide audience to facilitate this.

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