Exploring the Associations between the Biomechanical and Psychological Mechanistic Pathways of Lower Back Pain Development amongst Persons with Lower-Limb Amputation

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The global rise in lower-limb amputations is mainly due to diabetes and vascular complications. Amputations cause serious physical and psycho-social disabilities which impair locomotion and compromise patients quality of life. Biopsychosocial factors such as altered gait parameters, poor prosthetic t, depression, fear avoidance behaviours and stigma increase the risk of individuals incurring lower back pain; the leading cause of secondary disability amongst persons with lower-limb amputation. Exploring the potential mechanistic pathways of lower back pain development is important to inform timely patient-centred programmes of care. Currently, limited information exists to inform the design of such programmes. Thus, there is a pressing need to understand the bio-behavioural, psychological, and social features of individuals with lower-limb amputation in the presence of lower back pain.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalBMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Publication statusSubmitted - 21 Mar 2024

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