June 27, 2024

SHOULD I USE UNDERARM OR FOREARM CRUTCHES?

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When it comes to choosing between In Motion Forearm crutches and In Motion Pro Underarm crutches, the decision depends on your specific needs and circumstances. Let’s explore the pros and cons of each type:

In Motion Forearm Crutches (aka Elbow Crutches or Lofstrand Crutches):

Mobility and Comfort: Forearm crutches offer better mobility and comfort for long-term use. They are shorter than underarm crutches, making them easier to maneuver.

Correct Posture: Forearm crutches encourage better posture due to their design. They provide stability and support without compromising your arm position.

Energy Expenditure: Using forearm crutches requires less energy per step compared to underarm crutches.

Suitability: Ideal for individuals who need extended use or have chronic conditions.

In Motion Pro Underarm Crutches (aka Auxiliary Crutches):

Ease of Use: Underarm crutches are more accessible and straightforward for short-term needs. They are commonly recommended for temporary use after injuries or surgeries.

Availability: Hospitals and medical facilities often stock underarm crutches, making them readily available. You can also buy them on the Millennial Medical website.

Convenience: Underarm crutches are longer and bulkier, which may be less convenient for daily use. However, the In Motion Pro crutches fold in half making them ideal for using crutches when you need to travel.

Gait Limitations: Due to their pivot point being higher, underarm crutches require more effort to walk up or down stairs.

Conclusion: Consider your situation, consult with a healthcare professional, and weigh the trade-offs.

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