Musculoskeletal complaints in individuals with finger or partial hand amputations in the Netherlands: A cross-sectional study

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To compare the prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints (MSCs) in individuals with finger or partial hand amputations (FPHAs) with a control group and to explore the effect and predictors of MSCs in individuals with FPHAs.

METHOD: A questionnaire-based cross-sectional study was conducted. The primary outcome measures were: prevalence of MSCs, health status, pain-related disability, physical work demands, work productivity, and hand function.

RESULTS: The response rate was 61%. A comparable proportion of individuals with FPHAs (n = 99) and controls (n = 102) reported MSCs in the preceding 4 weeks (33% vs. 28%, respectively) or in the preceding year (37% vs. 33%, respectively). Individuals with FPHAs with MSCs experienced more pain than controls with MSCs. Regular occurrence of stump sensations and self-reported limited range of motion (ROM) of the wrist of the affected limb were predictors for MSCs in individuals with FPHAs.

CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of MSCs was comparable in individuals with FPHAs and controls. However, clinicians should pay special attention to the risk of developing MSCs in patients with stump sensations and limited ROM of the wrist of the affected limb. Future research should focus on the role of wrist movements and compensatory movements in the development of MSCs in individuals with FPHAs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1146-1153
Number of pages8
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Volume40
Issue number10
Early online date24-Feb-2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Journal Article
  • SATISFACTION
  • POPULATION
  • UPPER-LIMB AMPUTEES
  • PAIN DISABILITY INDEX
  • COMPENSATORY MOVEMENTS
  • PROSTHESIS USERS
  • HEALTH SURVEY
  • VALIDATION
  • PRODUCTIVITY
  • DEFICIENCY

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