The status of application and physiotherapyrehabilitation of prosthetics in Turkey

Creative Commons License

ÜNVER B., Şahan T. Y., Türkyılmaz S., Karagözoğlu A., ÜLGER Ö.

Journal of Physical Therapy Science, vol.28, no.5, pp.1534-1537, 2016 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1589/jpts.28.1534
  • Journal Name: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1534-1537
  • Keywords: Amputee rehabilitation, Physiotherapist, Prosthetics
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


© 2016 The Society of Physical Therapy Science. Published by IPEC Inc.[Purpose] The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of prosthetic applications and to appraise the importance of amputee rehabilitation in Turkey. [Subjects and Methods] Questionnaires were administered to owners or employees of 36 institutions and the obtained data were evaluated. [Results] While 75% of institutions had no physiotherapist, 25% had 1 or 2 physiotherapists; there were 4 or fewer technicians in 86.1%, and the majority of employees were out of profession in almost all institutions. A total of 83.3% of institutions reported falls, 75% reported complications, 58.3% of them occasionally noted the need of repair; 55.6% of institutions made preprosthetic assessments, 63.9% used gait analysis, and 50% performed prosthetic rehabilitation frequently. [Conclusion] The results of this study reveal the need for more physiotherapists in these centers, the utilization of standardized-objective assessment methods, and development of rehabilitation processes for successful prosthetic applications and amputee rehabilitation in Turkey.