The Pros and Cons of Using a Knee Scooter
You may have heard about knee scooters and are wondering if this type of rehab equipment is a good fit for you. Or you might have used them in the past but want to know how beneficial doing so really is. Knowing the pros and cons will help you determine if the benefits outweigh potential drawbacks.
What Are Knee Scooters?
Knee scooters are much like their name implies—they’re four-wheel scooters with handles and comfortable pads to rest your knees on when you can’t put weight on your feet. This can happen if you’ve injured your foot or ankle from a sprain, strain, broken bone, or foot pain due to arthritis.
Some people, especially older adults with limited mobility, choose knee scooters in place of crutches during the rehabilitation process. Such scooters are like walkers, but with pads to rest knees and injured lower limbs.
You can gain numerous health benefits from using a Roscoe knee scooter. This type of scooter offers comfort (due in part to the padded knee platform) when you can’t place weight on your ankle or foot. It allows you to move around and remain active until you’re able to place body weight on your lower leg once again.
With four big wheels, they are perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. You can use one for either your right or left knee and change it up as needed. Another perk is the platform and handlebars are height adjustable, so anyone can use one, regardless of stature.
Using a knee scooter is the perfect way to allow your lower body to heal properly without worrying about dangerous crutches and potential fall risks. You won’t have to worry about pesky armpit irritation and upper body strain that can happen when choosing crutches. Not to mention, you’ll be hands-free!
You don’t need much upper body strength to reap all the benefits knee scooters have to offer, and you won’t expend as much energy as you would using crutches. You’ll be less likely to fall on slippery surfaces (which can happen when using crutches).
Many knee scooters offer opportunities to carry personal belongings in baskets placed in front of the scooter, so you can carry your things hands-free!
Being able to elevate your foot is yet another perk. This can aid in the healing process and help prevent fluid buildup in your lower extremities.
The best part? It can be folded up and collapsed using a simple thumb release lever. That way, it’s easy to store and transport as needed. While expensive, you can keep this piece of rehab equipment for a lifetime.
Using knee scooters isn’t generally as quick for getting you from place to place as crutches would be, and you have to be able to balance pretty well to avoid leaning too far forward or backward while using one. You can’t hit the stairs, which is another drawback (though climbing stairs while on crutches is dangerous, too).
To efficiently steer knee scooters, you may require some extra practice, and scooters are much more expensive than crutches. While they can last a lifetime, knee scooters can run you between $200 and $300 each.
Scooters are generally a safer choice than crutches, especially among older adults who are unsteady on their feet, but scooters take up much more space and are heavier than going with crutches (another potential drawback).
Is a Knee Scooter Right for Me?
Pros seem to outweigh cons when it comes to using knee scooters for many people, as safety and ease of use are two key decision-makers for many older adults. However, cost may be a concern for some people who opt for crutches instead.
The bottom line is to chat with your doctor to determine if crutches or a knee scooter is the better choice for you. If he or she clears you for crutches, and you’re comfortable using them, by all means give them a try. But if safety, ease of movement, and maneuverability are concerns for you, and your healthcare provider considers a Roscoe knee scooter to aid in your recovery—you won’t be sorry you got one.
- Becky McDowell