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International stage for amputee guidance

Recent guidance on the pre- and postoperative physiotherapy of adults with lower limb amputations is due to be presented by British physios at an international conference this month.

The guidance, from the British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation, will be discussed at the conference of the International Society of Prostethics and Orthotics in Vancouver, Canada.

Penny Broomhead, an independent clinical specialist in amputee and prosthetic rehabilitation, will be making the presentation about the BACPAR guidance, which was published at the end of last year.

She told Frontline: 'There has been considerable interest in the guidelines. Although prosthetics is well established in other countries, I don't think many have clinical interest groups that can produce guidelines.'

Other presentations by BACPAR members attending the conference will include multiple limb loss, rehabilitation of elderly amputees, and the use of postoperative silicone liners.

The conference runs from 29 July to 3 August, and speakers include David Constantine, founder of the UK charity Motivation, and David Condie, a clinical engineer and former NHS manager of rehabilitation services in Dundee.

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