What is Forearm crutches?

Category: Equipment

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Generic name: Walking Stick/Cane

See also: Elbow crutches Lofstrand 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 15 1
Improve mobility 13 1
Stiffness/Spasticity 13 3
Weakness in legs 12 1
Imbalance when walking 6 1
Walking problems 6 1

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 2
None 5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Forearm crutches

Side effect Patients
Soreness in arm the next day 2
Herniated disc C5 and C6 1
Pain in elbow 1
Pain in hands 1
Pinched nerve in neck 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Forearm crutches

Dosage Patients
daily 7
as needed 4

Why patients stopped taking Forearm crutches

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 3
Did not seem to work 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Expense 1
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 8 patients who’ve stopped using Forearm crutches

Duration

Currently using Forearm crutches

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 2

Stopped using Forearm crutches

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4
Usually 2
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 5
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2 patient evaluations for Forearm crutches

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steven8269
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steven8269
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See steven8269's full Forearm crutches history

Mar 1, 2010 (Started Jun 13, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
Ruminari
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Ruminari
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: Little
Stickman: all
Description:F30y
FM:7y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See Ruminari's full Forearm crutches history

Jan 2, 2010 (Started Jul 20, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Walking problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Dizziness)
  • side effects
    Mild (Pain in elbow)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Side effects: Pain in elbow

  • 0 helpful marks
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