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A range of mobile devices is available to meet people’s needs – from canes and crutches to wheelchairs and stair lifts.
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Canes Mobility Aids
However, they take less weight off the lower body than crutches and place greater pressure on the hands and wrists (Canes are useful for people who may be at risk of falling).
Crutches Mobility Aids
Crutches help to transfer weight from the legs to the upper body. They can be used singly or in pairs. Crutches help keep a person upright and may be used by those with short-term injuries or permanent disabilities.
There are many different types of crutches, including:
- Axillary (underarm) crutches. One part of an axillary crutch is placed against the ribcage under the armpits, while users hold onto the hand grip. These crutches are typically used by those with short-term injuries.
- Lofstrand (forearm/elbow) crutches. This type of crutch involves placing the arm into a metal or plastic cuff and holding a hand grip. Forearm crutches are more commonly used by people with long-term disabilities.
- Platform crutches. With platform crutches, the hand holds a grip while the forearm rests on a horizontal platform. Platform crutches are not commonly used, except by people with a weak hand grip due to conditions such as arthritis or cerebral palsy.
Walkers Mobility Aids
Walkers, also known as Zimmer frames, are made up of a metal framework with four legs that provide stability and support to the user.
Types of walkers beyond the basic model include:
- Rollators. This common style of walker consists of a frame with four wheels, handlebars, and seat so the user can rest as needed. Rollators also include hand breaks as a safety feature.
- Knee Walkers. Similar to a rollator, this device allows the user to rest their knee on a padded cushion while propelling themselves forward with their stronger leg.
- Walker-cane hybrids. A cross between a cane and a walker, this mobility aid has two legs rather than a full frame. It can be used with one or both hands and provides greater support than a standard cane.
Wheelchairs Mobility Aids
Wheelchairs can be manually propelled by the user, pushed by someone else, or electrically powered.
Similar to a wheelchair, these devices have a seat set on top of either 3, 4, or 5 wheels.
The user’s feet rest on foot plates, and there are handlebars or steering wheels to control direction. They are typically battery powered.
Who can benefit from mobility aids?
Anyone who has a mobility issue, either temporary or long-term, can benefit from mobility aids. The type of mobility aid used will depend on the needs of the individual.
Mobility aids may be beneficial for people with:
- cerebral palsy
- developmental disabilities
- diabetic ulcers and wounds
- difficulties in maintaining balance
- fractures or broken bones in the lower limbs
- heart or lung issues
- injury to the legs, feet, or back
- spina bifida
- sprains and strains
- walking impairment due to brain
Why Buy Our Mobility Range?
The safety and comfort of patients are given utmost concern for providing high quality, highly effective, extra grip and user-friendly rehabilitation aids. They uniquely identify the needs of patients thereby proving efficient ways to achieve the best possible results. To identify the right item for your case You can get help from our therapists
Note; While mobility aids provide a number of benefits to users, there is a risk of injury associated with their use. Improper or excessive use of mobility aids may contribute to other injuries
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The Thomas splint is a common piece of equipment in emergency departments and orthopedic units in hospitals worldwide. Its basic design has changed little since its first description by Hugh Owen Thomas was published in 1875. We have reviewed the origins of the Thomas splint as a means of correction of deformities of the lower limb and its evolution through both World Wars into an essential item for the management of trauma of the lower limb.
Indications for Use
Thomas splint Features and Benefits
- Easy to use and apply whilst maintaining maximum patient comfort
- Length adjustment achieved with a simple push button mechanism
- Lower limb measurements in both centimeters and inches clearly indicated on the side arms of the splint
- Manufactured from strong, durable stainless steel
- Universal – fits left and right
- Interchangeable thigh hoops, available in six sizes with disposable hoop covers
- Splints available in two sizes – Paediatric and Adult
- Reduces risk of cross infection due to ‘clean wash’ hoops and autoclavable splints
- Available as a starter kit or as individual components (sold separately)
- Inside leg length (unaffected side)
- Oblique thigh circumference (unaffected side)
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The splint is meant for use by people suffering from foot drop that causes the front of the feet to drop due to weakness.
- It provides the push that a person needs while walking through a unique strong leaf spring action.
- The anatomical design as well as shape allows for even weight distribution that helps with faster healing as it keeps the foot in dorfiflexion position.
- Made from polypropylene.
- Velcro closures along with soft inner padding included.