What is Forearm/Elbow crutches?

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Generic name: Crutches

Elbow, Lofstrand, Gutter, or forearm crutches are crutches with a cuff around the forearm. They have been almost exclusively used by people with permanent or lifelong disabilities. However, American orthopedic surgeons are now beginning to prescribe them for patients with shorter-term needs.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Balance problems 29 6
Improve mobility 23 5
Stiffness/spasticity 21 4
Weakness in leg(s) 15 4
Walking problems 12 4
Loss of coordination 7 2

Show all 29 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 2
Moderate 4
Mild 2
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Forearm/Elbow crutches

Side effect Patients Percentage
Pain in hands 2
Soreness in arm the next day 2
Bursitis in hips 1
Joint pain in hands 1
Pain in arm(s) 1
Pain in elbow(s) 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Forearm/Elbow crutches

Dosage Patients Percentage
as needed 1
five times daily 1
weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Forearm/Elbow crutches

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 7
Course of treatment ended 5
Did not seem to work 2
Expense 1
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 17 patients who've stopped using Forearm/Elbow crutches

Duration

Currently using Forearm/Elbow crutches

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped using Forearm/Elbow crutches

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 12
Usually 3
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 0
< $25 8
Not specified 10
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5 patient evaluations for Forearm/Elbow crutches

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

Nov 6, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for walking problems)
  • Side effects
    Severe (impact on upper body muscles, toughening of the skin on the palms, skin problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: whlst using these elbow crutches it is advisable to be in contact with a physiotherapist as upper arm and chest muscles are effected and they can give you exercises (Pilates) to do to prevent any problems that can and may occur
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 6, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for walking problems)
  • Side effects
    Severe (impact on upper body muscles, toughening of the skin on the palms, skin problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: a must to support myself walking mainly indoors due to spinal damage from osteoporosis.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 5, 2011 (Started Apr 09, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for difficulty walking with left leg)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I stopped because I worry more about falling now. My new rolling walker with brakes, and a seat, seems both faster and safer. Outside, my wife pushes me in a manual wheelchair (by Otto Bock).
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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