Acta Scientific Orthopaedics (ISSN: 2581-8635)

Short Communication Volume 3 Issue 2

Can Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT) be practiced in Traumatic Lower Limb Amputees for balance and gait improvement?

A Saravanamoorthy1*, Sushma Sagar2, Subodh Kumar2

1Physiotherapist, Physiotherapy Unit, JPN Apex Trauma Centre, AIIMS, New Delhi
2Professor, Division of Trauma Surgery and Critical Care, JPN Apex Trauma Centre, AIIMS, New Delhi

*Corresponding Author: A Saravanamoorthy, Physiotherapist, Physiotherapy Unit, JPN Apex Trauma Centre, AIIMS, New Delhi

Received: January 17, 2020; Published: January 29, 2020


  Amputation is the surgical removal of the partial or complete limb. It can either be any level of lower limb or any level of the upper limb and can be as a result of the road traffic accident, railway track accident, gunshot injury, earthquakes of significant intensity and terrorism, or carried with medical reasons to improve health status [1].

  According to the National Health Interview Survey of USA, in 1996 1.2 million people were living with an amputee and 185,000 persons undergo upper or lower limb amputations each year [2].



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Citation: A Saravanamoorthy., et al. “Can Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT) be practiced in Traumatic Lower Limb Amputees for balance and gait improvement?” Acta Scientific Orthopaedics 3.2 (2020): 60-61.


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