It has been estimated that about 1.5 million people in the United States use walkers. Approximately 30% – 50% of patients abandon their ambulation aid soon after it’s delivered to them. This reveals the importance of an appropriate device selection, proper fit, and patient education and training.
So who needs ambulatory equipment? Ambulatory equipment is ideal for users who
- Have impaired balance
- Have weakened strength
- Have difficulty coordinating movement
- Have lower extremity complications and/or amputation
- Are recovering from surgery
- Have altered stability
This equipment can significantly increase mobility and independence. Some items, such as a knee walker, can stimulate fast recover by utilizing more muscles and safe movement.
For our reviews on ambulatory products, look through our “Ambulatory” category archives.