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The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: anasta5ia on November 10, 2005, 07:57:16 AM

Title: Platform Crutches-
Post by: anasta5ia on November 10, 2005, 07:57:16 AM
Hey everyone-

I am just curious if anyone here has used platform crutches or used the platform attachment that goes on the axillary crutches.

I injured my right wrist about 2 1/2 weeks ago (and I have already had 3 surgeries on this wrist and still hhave screws in it) and saw the new wrist surgeon today.  He originally said no way could I have my knee surgery (Left knee revision TTT, MPFL recon., LPFL recon., cartilage resurfacing, and rt. knee hardware removal) that I have been waiting for for over a year because of the condition of my wrist.  He said it couldn't possibly take the strain of me being NWB on crutches and I also can't do a wheelchair because of multidirectional instability of my shoulder. 

After some crying and such I finally explained to him that even if I didn't have the surgery I was still going to be on crutches because of the instabilty of my patella and the fact that it dislocates both medially and laterally whenever it feels like it.  So, at least if I have my surgery than at least I will be damaging the wrist further while the knee is getting better and not damaging it with the knee staying the same or getting worse.

I guess I did get my point across because not only did I get him to agree not to call my surgeon to cancel my surgery, but I also convinced him to take off my cast for the stress fracture as it is a stable fracture and the cast is just making things much more difficult for me anyway.  But all of this was conditional....I had to agree to go back into my wrist brace and completely NOT use my wrist (which is really tough since I am right handed and in the middle of the fall quarter at school...midterms and stuff...yuck!!) and I had to agree to use a platform crutch on the right side to take all the pressure off my wrist with the crutches.

If anyone has any experience with these things or tips on dealing with them, let me know...they seem kind of wierd.  I am getting mine tomorrow.  Hopefully it won't be too hard on the shoulder as I have a hard enough time keeping it from dislocating as it is.

Here is a pic of them in case anyone is curious...The attachment can go on either a walker or attach to your crutches.

(http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:OqWWdlEegYEJ:www.suzanjones.com/platformcrutch.jpg)(http://connection.lww.com/Products/timby-fundamentals8e/documents/Ch26/jpg/26_006.jpg)(http://www.mypharmacy.com/products/MP140.gif)

Hugs-
-Heather G.
Title: Re: Platform Crutches-
Post by: lb573 on November 11, 2005, 12:21:01 AM
Hi Heather. I can't tell you from personal experience about the platform crutches, however i had a patient in clinical last week who was using them. She had stable pelvic fractures and a fracture in her elbow, but as a result of the pelvis, she needed a walker. She didn't seem to have much difficulty with them, it was just helping her to get it all sorted out and she had her arm strapped in to it when walking(made it easier to control the walker). Again, i wish i could tell you more, but i figured this might be better than nothing. Best of luck with your upcoming surgery!!!
Leah
Title: Re: Platform Crutches-
Post by: rozzzie on November 11, 2005, 12:48:55 AM
I have not used it on a crutch, but did use it on a walker last year.  It was fine except when I had to go up the one step we have in the house.  I figured out another way to do that step.   I was down to having only 1 undamaged limb at the time and the only way to get up was with the walker and the platform.

Good luck with it.  I'm sure you will do just fine.  I don't think you'll have shoulder problems with it, if it's adjusted properly.

Rozzzie
Title: Re: Platform Crutches-
Post by: missmyknee on November 11, 2005, 02:02:54 AM
Hi Heather

I've never used the forearm crutches, but I post on www.mybrokenleg.com and several there have used them with their broken legs. They found them comfortable and easy to use. Especially those who had sustained multiple fractures including wrists, arms and clavicles etc which necessitated their usage instead of axillary crutches. You can see some of their posts on it using search...forearm crutches. Some did mention you use alot of hand control to maneuver around.

Take care

Pam
Title: Re: Platform Crutches-
Post by: [email protected] on November 12, 2013, 06:19:36 AM
I busted my foot and will be on crutches and in a lower leg cast for a couple months so I was wondering if anyone has used the one crutch from www.freedomcrutch.com ?? I can't seem to find any reviews on it but it seems a lot cheaper than the other alternatives. I looked at the other thing called the freedom leg brace and it had terrible reviews mostly because of the straps. The rolling scooters are pretty spendy and I don't think that would work with traveling (I travel ffor business frequently). Any advice would be great!
Title: Re: Platform Crutches-
Post by: sammi19 on November 13, 2013, 12:58:30 AM
I just looked at the freedom crutch...how could that work for knee injuries? Especially if your leg is immobilized. It seems like it would only work for injuries below the knee that didn't require bending. But maybe it adjusts or something?
Title: Re: Platform Crutches-
Post by: CombatYoga on November 18, 2013, 05:13:57 PM
Hi Heather,

I don't have experience with the platform crutches, but I did use the platform attachment on a walker for a couple of weeks when I got out of the hospital.

I had a dislocated left hip and an avulsion fracture of my right ankle as well as a lot of damage to my right knee.

I actually found the platform walker pretty handy.  Your forearm is strapped onto the platform and really helps with stability when you can't use your hand/wrist.
Stairs are doable but take some practice.

Best of luck to you!