2.15 Balance and postural control of people with lower limb amputations: Perspectives from an interdisciplinary group of professionals

Location: Guadalajara 3, Ground floor
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Balance, postural control and issues related to falling and the fear of falling are major problems for people with leg amputations. Structural changes after an amputation that affect balance and postural control include asymmetry of limb length. The inability to actively control posture via an intact foot and ankle complex on the affected side as well as altered sensory input may affect postural control. Such changes can be considered intrinsic factors as these are specific to the individual. Prosthetic restrictions that attempt to mitigate the above intrinsic limitations can be considered extrinsic factors. These intrinsic and extrinsic factors interact to determine an individual’s balance which is a key determinant of their likelihood of falling and/or fear of falling.

The aim of this symposium is to bring together representatives from a variety of related fields relevant to lower limb amputation to provide a holistic view of the topic and future directions.

As a basis for the symposium, the progress and current results of a scoping review to summarise the current state of research in balance and postural control will be presented. Based on this, we aim to explore future directions in both clinical care and research. The review will be summarised in two categories: intrinsic factors (person/patient-related) and extrinsic factors (prosthesis/environment).

We will also provide additional viewpoints from a variety of perspectives, highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of this issue. These include practical aspects of physical therapy, balance and self-confidence and biomechanics, among others.

Statement of the objective / learning objectives

The aim of the symposium is to communicate the different approaches to research on this topic, in addition to the issues arising in clinical practice. Participants are be encouraged to join in the discussion.


Cleveland Barnett
Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom


Bill Miller
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
David Rusaw
Jönköping University, Sweden
Sarah Anderson
La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
Aditya Dhariwal
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Event Location

Guadalajara 3, Ground floor