Research has shown Elbow Crutches are better for long-term use.
Overtime, allowing the user to build strength and muscle mass. They also encourage good posture, providing to be a great choice for those suffering from back or posture complaints; perhaps, this is why they are the most popular type of crutch used in the UK.
The Elbow Crutch comes with a variety of options; Anatomic (shaped, specific left and right) or Ergonomic (rounded) handles, push button or clip adjustment settings of the crutch, and open (half) or closed (full) cuffs.
These choices are given so the user can personalise the crutch to their specific needs and make it as comfortable as possible.
An Open Cuff (or Half Cuff as they are sometimes known) is semi-circular in shape and provides support to brace the forearm against in the ‘step through’ phase of walking.
There are many benefits to the Open Cuff Elbow Crutch, for example; the majority boast modern, fashionable designs, are less bulky and are generally lighter in weight. In the case of lost balance or a fall, an Open Cuff Crutch will not impede the arms at all.
Open Cuff Elbow Crutches offer less support than Closed Cuff Elbow Crutches, but offer more than a Walking Stick.
Chic Aid offers a large range of Open Cuff Elbow Crutches to the public, from a German company called Kowsky. Kowsky are known for supplying superior quality products.
They use high quality aluminium for their crutches shafts, the handles are soft grip natural rubber and can be ordered in Anatomic or Ergonomic choices. The ferrules of Kowsky crutches are again made from natural rubber, but are reinforced with steel for extra support.
The measurements of the Open Cuff Kowsky Crutch are; cuff to handle 9 inches and handle to ground 30 – 38 inches. The crutch itself weighs 1.4Ib and has a user weight limitation of 308Ib.
At Chic Aid, we stock 3 types of Kowsky Open Cuff Crutches, to give our customers the best choice; the Luxury Partly Coloured Crutches, the Luxury Metallic Range and the Luxury Colour Line Crutches (which have 8 choices of colourful plastics).