Can You Use a Knee Scooter After Knee Surgery?
- A knee scooter is a great way to stay independent and enjoy your freedom while recovering from your foot injury.
But what if you have a knee injury or a total knee replacement surgery?
Can you still use a knee scooter?
Knee scooters are designed to be used by supporting your knee on a padded knee rest. If you have a knee injury or following knee replacement surgery, you will not be able to use a knee scooter.
But you still have other great options:
Seated Knee Scooters
A seated knee scooter works similarly as a knee walker. In essence, it's a knee scooter you can sit on.
A seated knee scooter is a wheeled device that allows you to sit upright, rest your injured leg on a front peg, then roll and steer towards where you want to go.
These scooters resemble a bicycle at a glance, but instead of pushing yourself forward with pedals, you propel yourself with your able foot.
Gemini Seated Knee Scooter
Learn more on our guide to seated knee scooters.
Walkers are most commonly recommended after a knee replacement surgery.
If you're unfamiliar, a medical walker is a four-legged metal frame that allows you to stand while you support yourself as you walk.
There are three main types of walkers: standard without wheels, two-wheeled- and four-wheeled.
Standard Walker Without Wheels
The standard walker without wheels has been around for a long time. They do help with the bare minimum of providing support, but the big disadvantage is the lack of wheels.
This means you have to constantly lift it and push it to take a step forward.
For knee surgeries, doctors and physical therapists will often recommend two-wheeled walkers.
This type of walker still has the four points of contact with the ground but will have two wheels in the front.
There is no need to continually lift it and put down to move forward, simply push it forward as you walk.
A popular two-wheeled walker is the Two-Button Folding Walker with 5" Wheels by Medline.
Four-wheeled walkers, also called rollators, have a more modern look and have more features.
They have wheels at the four points of contact with the ground. To control your pace, they have dual hand brakes that you need to press and hold as you pace yourself forward.
The risk with using them is that you may forget to pump the brakes and may slide forward and trip.
Remember to Make Your Home Safer
No matter what mobility aid you use, it's essential to make some safety modifications to your home to prevent tripping and accidents while you navigate around your house.
Move away rugs, declutter, make clear pathways to rooms, make your bathroom safe for showering, and have a pouch or basket that attaches to your mobility aid to carry things with you.
When deciding on a mobility aid for your knee injury or surgery, always discuss which device is best for you with your physical therapist.
You want the best and most comfortable device so that you can keep performing your daily activities safely.
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