Statistics And Research

Every year, more and more people are losing limbs. So the need has grown exponentially for prosthetics. Education is paramount when it comes to learning about the challenges amputees go through. Here are some startling statistics about limb loss.

The reality of limbs replacement in developing countries:

Prostheses were developed for function, cosmetic appearance, and to provide psychological sense of wholeness.In third world countries many limb deficient people become beggars on the streets in order to survive.The loss of a limb has a serious emotional and psychological effect and often degradation of social status or inability to move ahead with their aspirations and goals. The ability to move is a necessity and not an option. Amputees within certain cultures are perceived as “incomplete” human beings.Prosthetic devices must improve the functional capacity and provide cosmetic appeal.There is only a short window of opportunity for fitting upper extremities amputees, it becomes more difficult to manage the prosthesis successfully if more than one or two months passes between amputation and fitting. After 6 months, the potential for success is slim to none. With exceptions, by the time an amputee in developing countries is reached, a year has elapsed since his/her amputation.
Children 4 to 16 years old need a prosthetic replacement usually every 6-12 months since they grow 0.75″ a year versus an adult, who will need one every 3-5 years.

  • According to the Amputee Coalition, there are currently 2 million people who have experienced limb loss in the United States.
  • African Americans are four times more likely to experience limb loss than White Americans.
  • About 185,000 of amputations occur each year.
  • There are more than 1 million limb amputations done globally.
  • April is Limb Loss Awareness Month.
  • 10% of arm amputations that occur, happen from 20 years of age and under. 60% are from ages 21 through 64 years old.
  • Most frequent cause of upper limb amputations is cancer and trauma
  • Congenital upper limb deficiency occurs in 4 and every 10,000 births.
  • 75% of amputees stated that they need more educational materials.
  • 57% of amputees state that they have never received educational material.

 

Links to Articles of Interest:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8091539/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10890596
https://sajp.co.za/index.php/sajp/article/viewFile/93/90
https://www.adr.org.do/ (Associacion Dominicana de Rehabilitacion)