Above Knee Amputation (incl. Knee Disarticulation)

Camps for Children with Limb Loss/Limb Difference

Created 3/2022 - Learn about the Amputee Coalition Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp and other summer camps for youth with limb loss/limb difference. ...continue

Choosing the Right Shoe

Volume 20 · Issue 2 ·March/April 2010 - by Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed - Choosing the right shoe; what could be easier? Often, the decision depends more on your ...continue

Congressional Caseworkers: How They Can Help

Created 3/2022 - A major responsibility for members of Congress is to provide service to their constituents back in their state or congressional district. ...continue

Donning an AK prosthesis with a full suction socket

Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, this is part of a series of demonstrations designed to help individuals learn to manage after a lower-limb amputation. ...continue

Emotional Recovery

Created 9/2021 - Losing a limb is a life-changing experience. This process often affects nearly every aspect of an individual’s life ranging from work and play to friends and family. ...continue

Focus on Bilateral Above-Knee Amputees

Volume 19 · Issue 4 · July/August 2009 - by Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP, and Randy Richardson, RPA - People who have experienced limb loss know that it only ...continue

Getting Behind the Wheel with Limb Loss and Limb Difference

Created 12/2020 - Hitting the open road is about as American as apple pie, baseball, and summer family cookouts. The United States is known for having a robust and vibrant ...continue

Home and Community-Based Services

Created 8/2021 - Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) are types of person-centered care delivered in the home and in the community. HCBS programs address the needs of people with functional ...continue

How to Locate Resources in Your Area

Created 3/2022 - The National Limb Loss Resource Center® (NLLRC) is dedicated to helping those living with limb loss or limb difference, their families, and caregivers connect with resources at ...continue

Identifying and Managing Skin Issues With Lower-Limb Prosthetic Use

Volume 21, Issue 1 January/February 2011 - by M. Jason Highsmith, DPT, CP, FAAOP, James T. Highsmith, MD, and Jason T. Kahle, CPO - Fitting a prosthesis is complicated because ...continue

Introductory Amputee Care For Lower Limb Amputees

Published 4/26/2015 - Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, RN, former President and CEO - these video demonstrations are to help you learn to manage after a lower extremity amputation. They are ...continue

Living Free

For many people, asking for help can be hard to do. It requires facing the reality of missing a limb, which can lead to difficult emotions like shame, grief and ...continue

Obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License with Limb Loss or Limb Difference

Created 09/2021 - After an amputation surgery, people are often eager to start setting goals for “getting back to normal” or “finding their new normal.” One of the most important ...continue

Osseointegration: An Overview

Created 11/2019 What Is Osseointegration? Osseointegration is an alternative method of attaching a prosthetic limb to an amputee’s body. Osseointegration is a procedure that many transfemoral and transtibial amputees are ...continue

Prosthetic Feet

Updated 08/2016 - Over the past decade, technology and research have greatly expanded the functionality and aesthetics of prosthetic feet. Today, amputees have a wide array of feet from which ...continue

Prosthetic Knee Systems

Last updated: 12/07/2014 - by Bill Dupes - Of all prosthetic components, the knee system is arguably the most complex. It must provide reliable support when standing, allow smooth, controlled ...continue

Prosthetic Socks and Liners

Last updated: 12/07/2014 - by Jack E. Uellendahl, CPO - If I were to ask a room full of amputees what the most important feature of their prosthesis is, I ...continue

Prosthetic vs. Prosthesis: The Correct Usage

We are often asked how and when to use the terms prosthetics and prosthesis properly in a sentence. Learn that and related information from Amputee Coalition. ...continue

Race and Ethnicity Disparities in Limb Loss

Updated 9/2021 - Over two million Americans live with limb loss and limb difference. But the risk is not the same for everyone. People of color are more likely to ...continue

Skin Care 101

Created 3/2022 - Proper skin care is essential to the health and mobility of those living with limb loss or limb difference. Whether you have an upper limb or lower ...continue

The Importance of Gait Training

Volume 21, Issue 1 January/February 2011 - by Scott Cummings, PT, CPO, FAAOP - It is the goal of most every lower-limb amputee to walk “normally” again. In the context ...continue

The Transfemoral Amputation Level, Part 1

Volume 14 · Issue 2 · March/April 2004 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD, Amputee Coalition Medical Director - This is Part 1 of a three-part look at the transfemoral ...continue

The Transfemoral Amputation Level, Part 2

Volume 14 · Issue 3 · May/June 2004 - by Douglas G. Smith, MD, Amputee Coalition Medical Director - Part 1 of this series of articles on the transfemoral (above-knee, ...continue

Tips on improving your gait

Published 12/6/2018 - How do you know when your gait is “normal”? Check out these tips from a Physical Therapist to know if you might need help improving how you ...continue

Vehicle Modification Resources

Published 3/2021 - People with all levels of limb loss or limb difference can still drive a car. Depending on the level or type of limb loss or limb difference ...continue

When to Replace a Prosthesis

Last updated 01/2008 - In order for an individual living with a limb difference or amputation to return to their family and/or workplace, they must be accurately fit with a ...continue

Wrapping with an elastic bandage – AK

Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, this is part of a series of demonstrations designed to help individuals learn to manage after a lower-limb amputation. ...continue