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Traditionally, doctors have recommended walkers, crutches or wheelchairs when a patient is required to off-load a foot or leg. Unfortunately, crutches exhibit a number of requirements and restrictions, Crutches require a patient to maintain their balance, Crutches require that a patient hold up the weight of their injured leg, Crutches require a patient to keep their leg in a bent position, Crutches require a patient to constantly shift their weight back and forthto move forward, Crutches can be difficult to maneuver on uneven or unstable terrain, (e.g. stairs, gravel). Sore or bruised body tissue, sprained and sore wrists, and the propensity for falling, also typically go hand-in-hand with the use of crutches. Doctors have traditionally also prescribed walkers to patients. As with crutches, when using a walker a patient is still required to hold up the weight of their recovering or disabled leg. Instead of swinging their body weight, a patient typically hops forward when using a walker. This hopping can place extraordinary stress on the weight bearing foot, the circulatory system of the leg, the hips, and the back.
A wheelchair is generally prescribed for patients who do not have the balance, strength or stability to use crutches or a walker. However, medical studies have demonstrated that a wheelchair can contribute to a deterioration of cardiovascular health, strength and overall energy. Doctors and patients alike recognize that the earlier a patient is able to be mobile and stay out of a wheelchair--the more progress a patient makes toward his/her recovery. Therefore, a knee scooter can be an advantageous substitute for a wheelchair, as a wheelchair typically requires the assistance of others while a knee scooter can be operated autonomously. It is also observed that knee scooters are neither as restrictive nor cumbersome as wheelchairs. Spry, Knee Cruzer