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#464176 - 03/02/12 06:59 PM Just curious
utahmom Offline
Apprentice_AS_Kicker

Registered: 11/29/11
Posts: 87
Loc: Utah, USA
My doctor has suggested switching over to one fore-arm crutch instead of my cane on the days my hips really hurt. This is only once in a while when I inadvertently get some starch. I also work at an elementary school and the kids have knocked my cane out of my hands several times (one time causing me to fall on my keister- I didn't go down gracefully).

I was wondering if anyone else has to use a cane or fore-arm crutches once in a while. Maybe I'm just lucky that way. Hope this isn't being too nosey.

Teri
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Teri
http://agluten-freemama.blogspot.com/

Pain since 1989
Mis-diagnosed until 2011
SI joints somewhat fused, lower back is trying to fuse
Osteoarthritis in hips
Follows NSD
Takes Ibuprofen only when needed
Loves to swim.
Still working 5 days a week as a secretary then 5 nights a week waitressing.

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#464188 - 03/02/12 09:57 PM Re: Just curious [Re: utahmom]
stevec Offline
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Registered: 09/05/01
Posts: 6163
Loc: Millstone NJ
Used a cane for a long time in my earlier years. Never got advised as you did but occasionally had a problem. The forearm crutch sounds more intrusive and bothersome.
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#464190 - 03/02/12 10:59 PM Re: Just curious [Re: utahmom]
SJLC Offline
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Registered: 02/16/10
Posts: 1046
Loc: CA, USA
Having a hard time picturing using just one crutch...

I have used a normal pair of crutches though, and found it a good way to get around after knee surgery (had a sports injury when I was 16). It was also kind of fun. Except in crowded spaces -- much better where there is plenty of room.

Also used a cane for a couple months early last year (badly sprained a hip merely trying to do stretches). The cane was not so fun but easier to deal with indoors.

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#464197 - 03/03/12 12:19 AM Re: Just curious [Re: utahmom]
Sue22 Offline
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Registered: 01/13/08
Posts: 20471
Loc: Upstate NY
i think it was bridget who liked the forearm crutches better than the regular ones. maybe ask her her opinion.
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#464234 - 03/03/12 02:12 PM Re: Just curious [Re: utahmom]
elmerfudd Offline
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Registered: 09/11/11
Posts: 391
Loc: north central indiana
something you may be interested in. surely you could rent one to see if you like it.

smartCrutch Forearm CrutchesThe smartCRUTCH "Forearm walking crutch" design incorporates all of the benefits of standard walking crutches while minimizing the compressive forces on the hands and wrists. It does this by allowing the user to adjust the angle of the forearm platform to reduce or increase the amount of weight load to the hands and wrists. Transferring this load to the forearm can reduce or potentially eliminate injuries commonly found with the use of standard under arm crutches or forearm crutches. smartCRUTCH also helps maintain proper posture, relieve stress and minimize fatigue, setting you up for a safe and speedy recovery. If you are ready to buy forearm walking crutches and want to experience a level of comfort not found with any other crutch then smartCRUTCH is the product for you.

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#464235 - 03/03/12 02:15 PM Re: Just curious [Re: utahmom]
elmerfudd Offline
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Registered: 09/11/11
Posts: 391
Loc: north central indiana
Then use the cane as a defensive weapon against hyper active kids. good lucks

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#464236 - 03/03/12 02:19 PM Re: Just curious [Re: utahmom]
Pea Offline
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Registered: 02/24/11
Posts: 1897
Loc: Pacific Northwest
I have an acquaintance that uses only the forearm ones on both arms and prefers them alot more. It does however make you lean a lot more forward and bent over more.
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#464242 - 03/03/12 03:51 PM Re: Just curious [Re: utahmom]
cemc Offline
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Registered: 01/25/10
Posts: 1967
Loc: UK
I use two crutches if I have to walk a lot, but one crutch most of the time now. Forearm crutches give an awful lot more support than a cane does. If you can get a decent crutch with a soft anatomical grip it is a lot more comfortable to use than the standard hard grips. I also have one with a half cuff rather than the full cuff. The full cuff has the advantage in that when you let go the grip it stays on your arm. Thats also its disadvantage. I haven't ever seen any of the newer designs of crutches in the UK but some of them that incorporate underarm support as well as hand grip look really interesting. They would get rid of the problem I have in that my arms can end up hurting if I walk too much.

I'd say go with the suggestion because I think it would work well for all the reasons it was suggested, but if you possibly can try out a few different types first to see what suits you best.

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#464248 - 03/03/12 05:33 PM Re: Just curious [Re: utahmom]
utahmom Offline
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Registered: 11/29/11
Posts: 87
Loc: Utah, USA
Thanks for all the suggestions. I never thought about renting them first. That way I can see if it will work for me. $100 is a big chunk of change.

Elmerfudd- I'm also going to check into the Smartcrutch. I have already looked into Millennial crutches but it would be nice to have other options. And I'll definately be looking out for those hyper-active kids (my own being one of them)
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Teri
http://agluten-freemama.blogspot.com/

Pain since 1989
Mis-diagnosed until 2011
SI joints somewhat fused, lower back is trying to fuse
Osteoarthritis in hips
Follows NSD
Takes Ibuprofen only when needed
Loves to swim.
Still working 5 days a week as a secretary then 5 nights a week waitressing.

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#464296 - 03/04/12 06:39 PM Re: Just curious [Re: utahmom]
manatee Offline
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Registered: 01/29/06
Posts: 2997
Loc: Pennsylvania
I have been using a cane with an anatomical grip for years. Much better for me than the crutches I was using, less stress on my shoulders and it helps keep my posture in line.

Cindy
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