PTPIL Last Updated May Physiotherapy Department Pati PDF document - DocSlides

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PIL048 Last Updated May 2014 Physiotherapy Department 012936692 Patient Information Leaflet Elbow Crutch Use Elbow crutches are used as mobility aids to assist with balance take pressure off the legs and improve co ID: 50415

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PT.PIL.048 Last Updated May 2014 Physiotherapy Department 01-2936692 Patient Information Leaflet- Elbow Crutch Use Elbow crutches are used as mobility aids to assist with balance, take pressure off the legs and improve confidence when walking. Prior to receiving your elbow crutches, you will ha ve been assessed by a physiotherapist or a health c are practitioner, who will have ensured the crutches ar e safe for use and measured to your specific height requirements. It may take you some time to get used to using your crutches. Safety- please note: Elbow crutches have a rubber ferrule located on the bottom and this must be checked regularly for wear and tear. If you notice any damage to the ferr ules, to the crutch shaft or any loose screws/ part s, please contact the physiotherapy department. How to use the crutches Single elbow crutch use: 1) The crutch is usually held in the hand opposite to the side of your weak/ operated or painful leg. 2) The crutch is moved one pace forward at the same time as the “affected” leg, which moves to be in line with the crutch 3) Move the non affected leg just beyond the crutch 4) Repeat steps 2-3 Non weight bearing: 1) Keep the affected leg off the ground by holding it slightly in front or behind with the knee slightly bent. 2) The crutches should be moved one pace forward, sli ghtly apart and level. 3) Lean weight onto the hands and hop to the crutches keeping your weight forward and affected leg off the ground. 4) When you are balanced repeat from step 2. Partial weight bearing: 1) Stand on both legs and move the crutches one pace forward shoulder width apart. 2) Move the affected leg to just behind the crutches, lean on the crutches and step the good leg forward to just beyond the crutches. 3) Try to take some weight through the arms while the good leg is off the ground. 4) Repeat steps 1-3
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PT.PIL.048 Last Updated May 2014 Full weight bearing: 1) Stand on both legs and move the crutches one pace forward shoulder width apart. 2) Move the affected leg to just behind the crutches and step the good leg forward to just beyond the crutches. 3) Try to take full weight through the affected leg w hile the good leg is off the ground, using crutches to support the limb. 4) Repeat steps 1-3 Turning: When turning, make sure that you step around with t he elbow crutches in a small circle rather than twisting on the spot. Using your Crutches on Stairs: 1) Hold onto one handrail, hold the spare crutch hori zontally together with the handle of the supporting crutch. 2) Going up – keeping the crutches on the same level, step up with the good leg , push up on crutches and bring the injured leg up, finally movi ng the crutches to the same level. Repeat © PhysioTools Ltd 3) Going down –Maintaining a hold on the handrail, put the suppo rting crutch onto the step below and lower the injured leg . Take weight through arms, step down with good leg . Repeat © PhysioTools Ltd
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PT.PIL.048 Last Updated May 2014 Standing Up: 1) Firstly ensure you have secure footwear on and m ove to the edge of the seat. 2) The crutch(es) should be held on your good side, holding the hand grips of both crutches in one han d (recommended in a ‘H’ shape). 3) Push off from the chair or bed with one hand, wi th the crutches in your other hand to assist in standing. Straighten up, once balanced grip one cru tch with your spare hand, ensuring your arms are secured inside the cuff before moving. 4) Do not try to stand up using your elbow crutches with your arms in them as this will make you unstable and potentially damage your shoulders. Sitting Down: 1) With your crutches, back up to the chair or bed until you feel it behind your knees. 2) Remove both arms from the crutches, place togeth er and hold onto both hand grips with one hand on the good side. 3) Reach back for the chair or bed with your free h and with the affected leg in front. 4) Slowly lower yourself onto the chair or bed. This Patient Education leaflet was developed by the Chartered Physiotherapists in Beacon Hospital. © Beacon Hospital.

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