Can You Use a Knee Scooter for a Knee Injury
Knee scooters, also known as knee walkers, are an effective crutch alternative for people who have suffered a lower leg injury and want to remain mobile during their recovery.
There are some injuries and procedures that your doctor might mandate a non-weight bearing period. Among these are broken ankle injury, Achilles tendon rupture, fibula fractures, bunion surgery, etc.
But what if you don't have an injured foot and instead have a knee injury? Can you still use a knee scooter?
When using a knee scooter, you have to rest the knee of your injured leg on padded knee rest. So if you have a knee injury, this won't work for you. Knee scooters are only useful for below the knee injuries.
If you have a knee injury, a great alternative mobility aid is a seated knee scooter.
A seated knee scooter is a four-wheeled mobility device that works much like a cross between a wheelchair and a knee scooter.
It allows you to sit on a padded seat (just like a bicycle) while elevating your injured foot on a peg. You place your hands on the handlebars to steer the direction you want to go—and with your good foot, you push yourself forward.
A great alternative to crutches
Seated knee scooters have significant advantages over crutches.
Unlike crutches, you don't need significant upper body strength when using a seated knee scooter.
While crutches can be helpful when navigating tight spaces, tough terrain, and stairs, they still don't match up to the comfort and ease of mobility that a seated knee scooter can provide.
If you will be in a non-weight bearing period, chances are, it will be for several weeks (the average period is from 6-8 weeks). Crutches require a lot of physical effort and are very limiting—if you want to continue with your day-to-day as much as possible, a seated knee scooter can be a lifesaver.
Here are some pros and cons:
• It helps you get around quickly and easily at home or work. You can move from point A to point B and back and forth without a ton of aggravation.
• Gives you support when you need both your hands free to do chores around the house or at work.
• Light in weight, it collapses nicely to fit in the trunk of your car.
• It rolls very well over smooth concrete, low pile carpet, and is excellent on smooth floors.
• You're in a seated position for situations where you would need to be standing a lot. Think theme parks, stores, public areas, etc.
• Freedom: You'll be able to do stuff on your own, as opposed to needing someone to help you with a wheelchair or crutches.
• Adjustable to your size for maximum comfort.
• Because of its design, it can only make wide turns, which can be cumbersome in tight spaces.
• Some users report they are a bit tough to get used to.
• It requires that you have a fair amount of balance. Something that's difficult if you have a pre-existing condition or other injuries.
• When riding, hitting bumps and potholes can be annoying. It's important to slow down in these situations.
• Moving over thick carpets can require extra effort.
Here are two of the best seated knee scooters:
At Rent A Knee Walker, we carry two excellent seated knee scooters: The Evolution by Knee Rover, and the Gemini by Roscoe Medical. Both are available for rent for only $25 a week or purchase.
Evolution Seated Knee Scooter
• Ideal for individuals recovering from injury or surgery to the knee, hip, foot, ankle, or lower leg.
• Features a large gel padded seat, ergonomic rubber handgrips, and a convenient front leg platform that allows the patient to rest in comfort while elevating the non-weight bearing leg.
• Quick folding for easy transport.
Gemini Seated Knee Scooter
• Similar features to the Evolution
• Has dual hand brakes. It's a useful feature to have if you have a dominant hand.
• Has the option of adding a knee platform, so that you can convert it into a knee scooter.
Seated knee scooters are an excellent alternative for mobility when you don't want to be uncomfortable using crutches or don't want to be stuck in a wheelchair. They are sturdy and easy to use while giving you the freedom to do things on your own and not depend on anyone else.
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