November 30th, 2017 by admin in Industry News

Crutches vs Knee Walkers

4 Reasons Knee Walkers are the New and Improved Crutches

Most of us have been there; we’ve gotten some kind of injury, whether it be a sprained ankle or a broken leg, and we’ve had to use crutches to get around while the injury heals. Any kind of injury that limits mobility is frustrating in and of itself, and having to use crutches to walk can be uncomfortable and exasperating. Luckily, there’s a much safer and more comfortable alternative to crutches: the knee walker.

  1. Knee walkers are easy to maneuver and comfortable to use.

Unless you have bodybuilder-like upper body strength, using crutches is tiring. Crutches require users to muster up upper body strength during use, and this can put extra stress and strain on the shoulders, hands, underarms, and elbows. Recovering from an injury will never be comfortable, but using equipment that perpetuates further discomfort certainly doesn’t help. Knee walkers are comfortable to use and require virtually no upper body strength. Rather than having to support your weight with your upper body, you can rest your weight on the padded place on the knee walker and, once you’ve gotten the hang of steering it, you can stroll about with much more ease.


  1. Knee walkers prevent further injury.


Anything that increases stress and strain to a portion of the body increases the risk for pain or injury in that area. Crutches greatly increase stress to the upper body, and while they may be helping to rehab the initial injury, they can cause further injury such as bruised or sore ribs, skin irritation, and even nerve and arterial damage. Knee walkers eliminate stress on the upper body while minimizing risk of further injury.


  1. Knee walkers are safer than crutches.


Knee walkers are low to the ground, making them much more stable devices. Crutches present a much higher risk for slipping on slick surfaces, while knee walkers are built to handle slippery surfaces better. The possibility of falling and worsening an injury is much higher with crutches. Exacerbating an injury with the very device intended to allow it to heal would be distressing; knee walkers lessen that risk considerably.


  1. Knee walkers help users conserve energy.


Most people who are injured don’t want to be fully immobile while they heal, so they opt for an assistive device so they’re able to be mobile. Knee walkers both increase comfort and endurance for users. Those who use a knee walker can be up and around far longer than someone using crutches, since having to overload the arms and upper body with weight just to get around is exhausting. Experiencing fatigue while using crutches also creates a higher risk of slipping and falling, which could make the injury worse. Knee walkers are far less tiring to use and this aspect of energy conservation alone makes knee walkers a less hazardous option.  


Opt for comfort while you recover and throw away those clunky crutches. Knee walkers are the new and improved way of staying mobile while injured.

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