Who Can / Should Use a Knee Scooter?

One of the main questions you should be asking yourself before making your purchase or rental of a knee scooter is if you are suited to use the device. As mentioned before your doctor or physical therapist is going to be your best bet on knowing but in general the knee scooter should not be used by people with the following injuries:

People who have injured arms – If your arms are injured you most likely will not be able to use the knee scooter properly. When you re standing one foot you will be using your arms more so than usual for balance, despite the support the knee scooter provides to the injured leg. In these cases crutches should also no be used and an electric wheelchair may be more appropriate. This of course is dependent upon the type of arm injury. If you are burned on your arm then this may not be an issue.

People who are on Medication – Some medications given for pain relief can cause the patient to have trouble keeping their balance or even staying awake. Because the knee scooter has wheels and will require balance and maneuverability it is not recommended to use these devices with certain medications. This is different when compared to a wheelchair as a wheelchair does not balance your entire body as much as it keeps it static. Remember, with a knee scooter you are the one keeping yourself balanced, not the device (similar to crutches) so you are relying on yourself to stay grounded. As always it’s best to consult your doctor and receive advice from them.

People Who are Missing more than one Limb – While the knee scooter can be a great advantage to someone who only has one leg, if they are missing an arm as well they will not be able to use the knee scooter properly as both arms are needed for balance and security. If you do choose to use the knee scooter with a missing arm then take caution! If you are missing both legs it goes without saying the knee scooter is not for you!

People with weak / injured upper bodies – Once you get on a knee scooter you will see how much control the upper body plays in using it. For these reasons if you feel you have low upper body strength or are injured it may be best if you do not use the knee scooter.

The different variables that can summarize an injury are endless and this is why it’s crucial to consult your physician before making any final decision. It’s also a good idea (if possible) to test yourself on a knee scooter for a bit to see if it’s right for you. Using a knee scooter does have a bit of a learning curve simply similar to crutches, it may look effortless when you see someone gliding along with one but it does take at least a bit of balance but overall is fairly easy. If you are ready to get a knee scooter you can buy it here.

A quick test you can do right inside your house to see if using a knee scooter would affect any of the injured parts (due to pressure) is to simulate it by using a chair. By keeping one foot down and placing your knee into the other chair you can get a good idea of what types of muscles it would take in order to balance yourself on the scooter. You may want to stay in this position for a few minutes and see how your circulation feels. With certain types of injuries the circulation can be decreased and may not be best for a knee scooter.

In summary everyone has their own unique needs so it’s best to take the use of a knee scooter on a case by case basis, and with every scenario always consult your physician!

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