The knee walker, also known as orthopedic or knee scooter,is the perfect mobility aid to support those with weak or injured lower limb.
This assistive technology has a basic frame, handlebar, cushion, two front wheels and two rear wheels.The knee walker can easily be steered through the use of the handlebar. The cushion is where the injured knee is comfortably placed. In order to propel oneself through this equipment, the good leg is used.
Here are the top 10 reasons why the knee walker is prescribed by health care professionals:
- Rehabilitation Potential
The knee walker is useful for the recovery of patients with foot and ankle injuries who must remain non weight bearing.
- Alternative to Bed Rest or Contact Plasters
The knee walker has been effectively used in the treatment of diabetic plantar ulcers patients as an alternative to contact plasters or bed rest.
- Alternative to Crutches
Crutches are not user friendly. Users of crutches are easily tired due to the energy spent. Crutches users also experience soreness of their hands, armpit and chest wall. They also have limited use of their hands.
- Energy-Saving Aid
The knee walker saves the energy of the user as less energy is spent when using this device.
- Greater Freedom
Especially on level smooth surfaces, the knee walker gives the user greater freedom.
- Frees the Hand
Unlike the crutches where users have limited use of their hands, knee walker frees the hands. One hand can be used to steer the handbar, while the other hand can be used for other purposes.
- Reduce Work
A study by Paul Roberts and Susan Carnes showed that both the perceived and actual work of walking are significantly reduced using the knee walker.
- Foot is Elevated
With the knee walker, the weak or injured foot is elevated, thereby safeguarding it from accidental bumps.
- Body Weight is Distributed
The knee walker distributes the weight of the body through both legs.
- Preservation of Bone and Muscle
With the knee walker, the muscles near the injured leg are significantly used which aid in preserving the bone strength and muscle bulk.