What is Crutches?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: Forearm/Elbow crutches Standard Crutch Arthritic/Gutter Crutches

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Crutches are a type of mobility aid that allow you to transfer your weight from your lower body to your upper body. They are available in many different styles to suit individual patient needs.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Improve mobility 61 25
Balance problems 51 12
Stiffness/spasticity 27 5
Weakness in leg(s) 15 4
Walking problems 12 4
Loss of coordination 7 2

Show all 66 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 8
Moderate 10
Mild 10
None 28

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Crutches

Side effect Patients Percentage
Joint pain in hands 3
Pain 3
Falls 2
Pain in hands 2
Pain in shoulder(s) 2
Soreness in arm the next day 2

Show all 19 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Crutches

Dosage Patients Percentage
daily 13
as needed 4
every other week 2
every 8 months 1
five times daily 1
monthly 1
twice daily 1
weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Crutches

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 26
Other 19
Did not seem to work 4
Side effects too severe 4
Doctor's advice 3
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 51 patients who've stopped using Crutches

Duration

Currently using Crutches

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 5

Stopped using Crutches

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 11
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 26
Usually 12
Sometimes 11
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 15
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 1
< $25 16
Not specified 36
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7 patient evaluations for Crutches

Dec 15, 2017 (Started Nov 16, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Forearm crutches are extremely helpful during my knee replacement recovery. I needed these d/t left-sided weakness r/t mild TIA several years ago. Now I can go on distance walks ; run errands much more efficiently
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 11, 2017 (Started Nov 16, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    Mild (aggravation with self)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: PATIENCE WITH SELF -- or else you'll bust them over your doctor's head! :-) They are inconvenient, clumsy & not mobile-friendly, but they are needed! Use them, even if you feel like you don't need them
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 15, 2017 (Started Oct 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for broken ankle)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 2, 2017 (Started Feb 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for balance problems)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for weakness in leg(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: No walking so I made grabbers
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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