What is Forearm crutches?

Category: Equipment

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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.

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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Forearm crutches

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Moderate
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Mild
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None
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Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Forearm crutches

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Dosages

Why Patients Stopped Using (multiple reasons could be selected)
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Other
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3
Reason
Expense
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Reason
Personal research
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Did not seem to work
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Course of treatment ended
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Not indicated
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Side effects too severe
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Duration

How Long Current Patients Have Been Using Forearm crutches
Duration
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0-1 month
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1-3 months
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3-6 months
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6 months-1 year
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1-2 years
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2 years or more
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How Long Patients Used Before Stopping
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0-1 month
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1-3 months
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3-6 months
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6 months-1 year
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1-2 years
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Duration
2 years or more
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Adherence


Always
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71%
Usually
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14%
Sometimes
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Never
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14%

Burden


Very
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14%
Somewhat
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29%
A little
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29%
Not at all
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29%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
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250%
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$100-199
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0%
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$50-99
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0%
Cost per month
$25-49
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0%
Cost per month
< $25
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0%
Cost per month
Not specified
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100%
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2 patient evaluations for Forearm crutches

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: mild
I am: g
I have:
MS

See steven8269's full Forearm crutches history

Mar 1, 2010 (Started Jun 13, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Stiffness/Spasticity: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
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:F29y
FM:6y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See Ruminari's full Forearm crutches history

Jan 2, 2010 (Started Jul 20, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Fatigue: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Walking problems: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Dizziness: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: Daily
Side effects: Pain in elbow

  • 0 helpful marks
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