The Importance of Ambulatory Equipment

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.

Knee Walkers

Knee Walker
Knee Walker

What is a knee walker?
A knee walker is a personal mobility device that stimulates a fast return to normal activity after surgery or injury. It provides a great alternative to wheelchairs, crutches, and walkers for those who want to enjoy increased mobility with an easy to maneuver device.

Who should use a knee walker?
Patients with lower extremity complications, such as foot or ankle surgery, sprains, joint diseases, and ulcers will benefit from using knee walkers. Those with amputations or arthritis may also benefit, depending on their needs and orders.

How long should a knee walker be used?
Always follow your doctor’s instructions. Those recovering from surgery or serious foot or ankle surgery are generally recommended to use their walkers for 6 to 14 weeks.