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Offline Annika

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Re: tips on crutches
« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2007, 02:35:28 PM »
I vote for elbow cruthes - much more freedom of movement especially when you start weight bearing!
ACL bust 3/3/07 France skiing
ACLr 17/4/07 France
UK & Sweden for May & June 07 rehabbing
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Re: tips on crutches
« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2007, 02:37:31 PM »
The only people that use under arm crutches here in Europe are those who have hand or other injuries that mean that they cannot use elbow ones.

The elbow crutches are the norm over here and can help with normal gait much better than under arm ones. I've used both and know which ones I would choose. We are rarely told to use just one crutch the normal use is two at a time (as with under arm ones) then we are taught to use them alternately - left crutch right leg, etc. Normally they are then shortened so that they are not the primary support when the OS says FWB. Then you carry them in case you need it then do away with them. As they are lighter it is easier to go up and down stairs using just one and holding the other one.

Sue
1989 big trauma R. knee - sorted
1990-2004 3ACL recons and 20+ arthroscopies -RK
3/06 LK ACL torn!
4/06 ACL recon, kneecap broken
09 &10/06- 2x meniscus trims
3/07 - Notch Plastic & Lateral Release
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Re: tips on crutches
« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2007, 06:27:10 PM »
in the u.k the n.h.s still issue both kinds of crutches,i have some of each.
i hope you are doing well after your op!!
i had a motorcycle accident-landed on right knee!(mar 05)
...arthroscopy - 4th feb 06.
...VMO Advancement,LR+JMedial reefing - 24th jan 07.
...28 feb 07 i fell down 14 stairs.....more pain and stress!
...now at PT working on ROM and strenghening

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Re: tips on crutches
« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2007, 02:05:41 PM »
thanks for all the advice guys. home now. they wouldnt let me leave until i conquered the stairs.  i still havent' gone up and down the ones from the last fall but managed very well inside the garage! thanks again i will keep u updated















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