Margins of stability in young adults with traumatic transtibial amputation walking in destabilizing environments

Eduardo J. Beltran, Jonathan Dingwell, Jason M. Wilken

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Abstract

Understanding how lower-limb amputation affects walking stability, specifically in destabilizing environments, is essential for developing effective interventions to prevent falls. This study quantified mediolateral margins of stability (MOS) and MOS sub-components in young individuals with traumatic unilateral transtibial amputation (TTA) and young able-bodied individuals (AB). Thirteen AB and nine TTA completed five 3-min walking trials in a Computer Assisted Rehabilitation ENvironment (CAREN) system under each of three test conditions: no perturbations, pseudo-random mediolateral translations of the platform, and pseudo-random mediolateral translations of the visual field. Compared to the unperturbed trials, TTA exhibited increased mean MOS and MOS variability during platform and visual field perturbations (p<0.010). AB exhibited increased mean MOS during visual field perturbations and increased MOS variability during both platform and visual field perturbations (p<0.050). During platform perturbations, TTA exhibited significantly greater values than AB for mean MOS (p<0.050) and MOS variability (p<0.050); variability of the lateral distance between the center of mass (COM) and base of support at initial contact (p<0.005); mean and variability of the range of COM motion (p<0.010); and variability of COM peak velocity (p<0.050). As determined by mean MOS and MOS variability, young and otherwise healthy individuals with transtibial amputation achieved lateral stability similar to that of their able-bodied counterparts during unperturbed and visually-perturbed walking. However, based on mean and variability of MOS, unilateral transtibial amputation was shown to have affected lateral walking stability during platform perturbations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1138-1143
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biomechanics
Volume47
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 21 2014

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Traumatic Amputation
Amputation
Walking
Young Adult
Visual Fields
Lower Extremity
Rehabilitation

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering

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In: Journal of Biomechanics, Vol. 47, No. 5, 21.03.2014, p. 1138-1143.

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