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 34 8
Balance problems 28 5
Stiffness/spasticity 22 5
Weakness in legs 14 4
Walking problems 11 4
Imbalance when walking 7 1

Show all 51 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
Severe
3
Moderate
6
Mild
6
None
12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Crutches

Side effect Patients
Joint pain in hands 3
Pain in hands 2
Soreness in arm the next day 2
Bumping into things (clumsiness) 1
Bursitis in hips 1
Herniated disc C5 and C6 1

Show all 15 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Crutches

Dosage Patients
daily 15
as needed 7
every 8 months 2
1 other daily 1
every 8 weeks 1
monthly 1

Why patients stopped taking Crutches

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 14
Course of treatment ended 12
Did not seem to work 3
Side effects too severe 2
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 29 patients who've stopped using Crutches

Duration

Currently using Crutches

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 38
1 - 6 months 177
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 9

Stopped using Crutches

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 13
Usually 6
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 6
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 0
< $25 10
Not specified 15
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6 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

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 2, 2017 (Started Feb 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for weakness in legs)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for balance problems)
  • 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
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