Crutches & Walkers

crutch is a mobility aid that transfers weight from the legs to the upper body. It is often used by people who cannot use their legs to support their weight, for reasons ranging from short-term injuries to lifelong disabilities.

Crutch Type

There are three types of crutches; Axilla crutches, Elbow crutches and Gutter crutches.

Axilla or underarm crutches They should actually be positioned about 5 cm below the axilla with elbow flexed 15 degree approximately.[1] The design includes an axilla bar, a handpiece and double uprights joined distally by a single leg. They are adjustable in height, both the overall height and handgrip height can be adjusted (adjustable approximately 48 to 60 inches (12 to 153 cm)[2])

Forearm crutches (or lofstrand, elbow or canadian crutches). Thier design includes a single upright, a forearm cuff and a hand grip. The height of the forearm crutches are indicated from handgrip to the floor (adjustable from 29 to 35 inches or 74 to 89 cm).[2]

Gutter Crutches (or adjustable arthritic cruches, forearm support crutches) These are additional type of crutches, which is composed of padded forearm support made up of metal, an strap and adjustable hand piece with rubber ferrule. These crutches are used for patients who are on partial weight bearing like Rheumatoid disease.[1]

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Description

Walkers – Physiopedia
Introduction A walker is a walking aid that has four points of contact with the ground and usually has three sides with the side closest to the patient being open. It provides a wider base of support than a walking stick and so is used more to stabilise patients

Canes – Physiopedia
Introduction Canes are ambulatory assistive devices used for improving postural stability. It is generally prescribed for people with moderate levels of mobility impairment, It is typically used when minimal stability is needed[1]. Canes in common day to day usage

Wheelchair Assessment – Body Measurements – Physiopedia
Introduction A well-fitted wheelchair or seating system requires a ‘made-to-measure’ solution. Generally, the more seating surface that is in contact with the client, the more body measurements that will need to be obtained for a wheelchair prescription. Accurate

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