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 44 13
Balance problems 40 8
Stiffness/spasticity 23 5
Weakness in leg(s) 14 4
Walking problems 11 4
Loss of coordination 7 2

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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 3
Moderate 7
Mild 9
None 16

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Crutches

Side effect Patients
Joint pain in hands 3
Pain 2
Pain in hands 2
Soreness in arm the next day 2
Aggravation with self 1
Bumping into things (clumsiness) 1

Show all 15 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Crutches

Dosage Patients
daily 15
as needed 6
monthly 2
every 8 months 1
yearly 1

Why patients stopped taking Crutches

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 14
Other 14
Did not seem to work 3
Side effects too severe 2
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 32 patients who've stopped using Crutches

Duration

Currently using Crutches

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 133
6 months - 1 year 117
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 9

Stopped using Crutches

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 17
Usually 8
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 0
< $25 14
Not specified 19
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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 weakness in leg(s))
  • 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
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