What is an elbow crutch?
An elbow crutch is a lightweight, long aluminium stick with a cuff at the top to go around the forearm. It also has a handgrip. Most of the upper body weight is transferred to the ground through the crutches. The handgrip can be standard or ergonomical/a Fisher grip with troughs or gutters. A physiotherapist can suggest an appropriate handle depending on the particular needs. Elbow crutches are usually used as a pair but can be used for a single side if the need dictates.
Who can benefit from elbow crutches?
- Individuals with weight-bearing restrictions such as partial weight bearing or non-weight bearing on one lower limb,
- Individuals with neurological issues,
- Individuals with peripheral neuropathy.