What is a Seated Knee Scooter?
- A seated knee scooter is a wheeled device that allows a person to stand upright and roll while keeping their injured leg non-weight bearing. These scooters resemble a bicycle at a glance, but instead of pushing yourself forward with pedals, you propel yourself with your able foot. In essence, it's a knee scooter you can sit on.
It's an excellent alternative for when your leg injury does not allow you to use a knee scooter.
In this article, we'll cover:
How Does a Seated Knee Scooter Work?
First, you take a seat (similar to those found on bicycles), grab onto the handlebars, then you elevate and rest your non-weight bearing leg over the front leg platform (also called leg peg). This keeps your injured foot elevated. Keep your able foot on the ground, then you slowly propel yourself forward, using the handbrake to control your speed.
Seated knee scooters allow the same maneuverability and have excellent stability and control as a knee scooter. They have fully adjustable handlebars and seat so you can size it properly to your measurements.
Sidenote: In this article, we'll be using the terms knee scooter and knee walkers interchangeably.
When to Use a Seated Knee Scooter
When it comes to leg injuries, you can only use a knee scooter if you have a below the knee injury. A seated knee scooter can be used to address a range of leg injuries, including below the knee injuries.
Among some of the injuries and surgeries people have reported using them are: hamstring surgery, knee replacement, tibial plateau injury, knee arthritis, hairline fracture between the ankle and knee., meniscal surgery, bad hips, fibula fracture, tibia fracture, etc.
Some patients might have a foot injury, but because of sensitive knees, using knee scooter can be beneficial over a standard knee walker.
Seated Knee Scooter vs Knee Walkers
The drawback with seated knee scooters is their turning radius is not as good as knee walkers. It can be difficult for some people to propel themselves while seated.
For those who love being outdoors a lot, there knee walkers with all-terrain wheels, whereas seated knee scooters with such wheels are still non-existent—for now.
Can you Fold a Seated Knee Scooter?
Most seated knee scooters have folding capabilities. They can fold into a compact form to be stored or packed in the trunk of your car.
Recommended Seated Knee Scooters
There are several seated knee scooters out there, but we only carry two of the best models our there: the Evolution Seated Scooter from KneeRover and the Gemini Seated Knee Scooter from Roscoe Medical.
They are both fully adjustable, so you can configure the height of the seat and handlebars to fit you perfectly.
Evolution Seated Knee Scooter
The Evolution is designed with easy-folding mechanisms, so it's easy to fold and unfold for easy transport. It comes with a travel basket to carry your belongings. It has four 7.5" rubber wheels that are non-marking and are big enough to provide a smooth and comfortable ride when scooting outdoors.
Gemini Seated Knee Scooter
The Gemini by Roscoe is a seated knee scooter that helps you recover from foot, ankle, hip, or knee injuries. What makes it stand out is the ability to transform from a seated position to a full upright knee scooter.
Whether in seated or standing mode, this seated knee scooter is far superior to crutches when it comes to stability, comfort and ease of mobility.
Where can I Rent a Seated Knee Scooter?
These seated knee scooters is available for rent online here at Rent A Knee Walker for $30 a week. If you're wondering, "where can I find a seated knee scooter near me?" we can ship anywhere in the United States—with free shipping both ways!
For longer recovery periods, buying one could be a more cost-efficient option.
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