Adjusting Your Knee Walker
It is important that your Knee Walker is properly adjusted. An improperly fitted knee walker may cause pain and discomfort in your back, neck, and weight-bearing leg. Below are 3 adjustments that you can make to ensure that your knee walker is comfortable: (See your doctor or professional therapist confirm proper adjustment)
- Knee Platform Height: The knee platform, must be adjusted to the correct height. Incorrectly adjusted platforms will cause you to put too much or too little weight on your good leg. This can lead to knee pain, back pain, and increased effort needed to propel the scooter. Just like adjusting the height of a bicycle, when you stand still with your injured leg on the knee platform, your uninjured leg should be slightly bent. If your free leg is fully extended, or if your heel is not firmly on the ground, then the height of the platform is too high and should be adjusted downwards. Conversely, if the knee of your free leg is bent too much, the knee platform is too low, and you are putting too much pressure on your good leg. In this scenario, your platform should be raised.
- Handlebar Height. The handlebar should be set at the level of your waist so that your arms are in a comfortable position. This will cause the hips to be even and the injured leg at a comfortable 90-degree angle. If the handlebar is too low, you will have to bend your back, which will cause your hips to be out of alignment. This will cause both back and hip discomfort. If the handlebar is too high, your will not be able to support yourself as efficiently with your arms and will tire yourself out more easily.
- Knee Platform Offset. Our knee walker can be adjusted to the right or the left depending on which leg is injured by simple turning the pad 180 degrees. Offsetting the knee platform toward your good leg greatly improves the stability of the knee walker while keeping your good foot and ankle clear of the wheels. Many users will habitually place their injured leg in the center of the platform. This added distance, however, puts more pressure on your uninjured leg. The better option is to place your injured leg closer to the edge of the platform towards your good leg. A proper offset adjustment will help with proper leg placement.
With your knee walker properly adjusted, your hips should be even, and you should be able to stand comfortably with your uninjured foot flat on the ground. You should be in an upright position as if you are standing normally. A properly adjusted knee walker allows you to take pressure off the injured leg while granting you much-needed mobility during the healing process.
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