The purpose of this literature review was to identify any adaptations that could be made to the rehabilitation process for Traumatic Transfemoral Amputees. Traumatic Transfemoral Amputation is particularly debilitating with the amputees encountering many obstacles throughout the rehabilitation process. These obstacles can prevent the return to pre-morbid functioning. With an ever-increasing number of amputees within the United States, it is imperative the rehabilitation process be addressed. This literature review addresses possible adjustments in the initial stages of rehabilitation examining the post-operative, pre-prosthetic, and prosthetic rehabilitation stage to enhance the physical functioning for the amputee. This comprehensive literature review encompassing 63 academic and medical journals analyzes the research literature regarding each of the three stages of the post-operative procedure. The literature review synthesizes the research findings to see how procedures may be adapted to reduce the risk of further co-morbidities such as loss of bone mineral density and disuse atrophy. Loss of bone mineral density and disuse atrophy are the major contributing factors to the amputees decreased mobility. Reducing this loss can be addressed within the initial post-operative, pre-prosthetic, and prosthetic rehabilitation stages. Further research is required to examine the efficacy of these alterations in relation to this specific population.

Thesis Completion




Thesis Chair

Fisher, Thomas J.


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


College of Education and Human Performance


Educational and Human Sciences

Degree Program

Sport and Exercise Science


Orlando (Main) Campus



Access Status

Open Access